Over the last decade, many global initiatives have been created to celebrate entrepreneurship. Typically, such events follow the Silicon Valley format (keynote motivational speeches, networking sessions etc). But Europe is different and requires something more when it comes to celebrating entrepreneurship to meet its peculiarities. Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups. From helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks, European regions are key players.
That is why we think it is critical to include the regions in this conversation. And that is exactly why we created the Startup Europe Week.
And we did it, this year we had the first edition of Startup Europe Week, from 1st to 5th February 2016, with a kick off event at the Committee of the Regions. During Startup Europe Week events we spoke about everything the regions are doing (and can do) to support European entrepreneurs.
Of course, we will keep track of the bigger picture, but we know that only local actions can get you started! So we will maintain the format we had last year, the events, workshops and speeches will be specifically relevant to your local reality.
– Showcase best initiatives promoted by regions to support entrepreneurs.
– Inform the local ecosystem about what already exists to help them now.
– Provide live consulting sessions on how to open a company, apply for a grant etc.
– Share among regional officers what other regions in Europe are doing and what can be leveraged locally.
– Connect regional officers, investors and corporates to create stronger local ecosystems.
But to make sure we will bring on stage the most relevant people that will make a difference for entrepreneurs. During furthers editions of SEW we will need hundreds of “SEW Co-Organisers” all over Europe. The Co-Organisers are key to make the SEW a success.
As a SEW Co-Organiser, your main job is to recruit the best local authorities, organise and promote the relevant events in your city / region.
– High-level exposure and contact with local authorities and the European Commission.
– Official endorsement for your events by the Startup Europe team
– Being named as an official SEW Co-Organiser, having your profile featured at the SEW website and social channels
– Support from the SEW team in promoting your event Europe wide. Your local event details will be featured in the SEW web and newsletter as well as promoted by all Startup Europe projects..
– Access to step-by-step “Co-Organiser toolkit” created by the SEW organising team to help you recruit participants, organise and promote your local events.
The SEW is an awesome opportunity for you to learn and get the resources already available and that you might not be aware of and have exposure at an European level of what you are doing in your region.
– Information sessions on local specific actions currently developed by your local authority to support entrepreneurs (i.e. grants, tax breaks, office space, funding etc.).
– Regional authorities will come to speak with you and make sure which current initiatives can benefit you and your startup
– Information sessions about Startup Europe projects and European Commission funds available for startups
– Office hours and workshops with regional representatives to guide entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs on topics in which they can help (i.e. how to incorporate a company, how to apply for a cohesion grant etc.)
– Great talks with local entrepreneurs and investors on how they smartly used the resources provided by the local authority to create or improve their businesses
So if you are a real free spirited entrepreneur join us, if you share our objective of being helpful for entrepreneurs in Europe no matter which region they are join us, if you are passionate about giving tools to the european startups to grow join us, we will always need your help to give more impact to SEW and actually do something relevant for those regions.