The second Startup Europe Week (6th– 10th February) is over, having had the participation of +280 co-organisers spread across 40+ countries! Congratulations, #SEW17 co-organisers!
What is SEW?
Startup Europe Week (SEW) is an initiative which aims to support entrepreneurs and startups at a local and regional level. The initiative is run by a small independent international team, and has the support of the European Commission.
So why focus on local regions? 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. For this reason, Startup Europe Week events focus on showing entrepreneurs the support available to them in their local cities and regions.
Before the week started, hundreds of official leaflets and posters were designed by communications partner Hugin&Munin in Spain, printed and sent across +40 countries in Europe to each of the +280 co-organisers. Each city started preparing their spaces for their events:
#SEW17 was officially launched at 9am on 6th February in Brussels, at the Microsoft Innovation Center, with the participation of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Andrus Ansip. You can see the official #SEW17 storify for pictures and tweets.
Throughout the week #SEW17 saw a high level of diversity, with events spanning from introductory student workshops, to complex talks on robotics and AI. Each city organised events relevant to their local ecosystem, to show what support and resources were available in their local area. This year, the cities with the most events were London and Rome. If you would like to see some pictures, check out the official #SEW17 Facebook album!
Finally, the #SEW17 hashtag achieved over 18 million impressions on twitter during the campaign, which shows the truly grass roots movement behind this initiative.
The question is, are you ready for #SEW18? 5th -9th February 2018!
Charlotte Tucker, firstname.lastname@example.org