The problem we have here is, as indicated in the Startup Manifesto, that “Continental Europe currently does not create new business destined for growth as well as other parts of the world, Silicon Valley in particular”.
High Tech giants do not live in Europe and, even when born here, they grow elsewhere.
The good news is that in the last few years, vital startup ecosystems have been growing in almost every European country. But they remain sort of disconnected, fragmented. We still need to leap forward in the direction of a single European ecosystem.
Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) aims at offering an integrated pan-European platform to help the best startups emerge from these local ecosystems and scale-up.
How? Connecting Top European Startups to Large Corporates.
Startup Europe Partnership is a platform where the best startups meet the best corporates, with a goal: to make things happen, whether that means procurement (corporates buy products and services from startups), strategic investments and eventually acquisition/acqui-hires.
AIMS: We will offer you help in contrasting your innovative idea and analyzing its viability, accompanying you the in the initial phases of the development of your business project.
DIRECTED TOWARDS: People who have innovative ideas and seek advice from experts to help them acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for them to bring their ideas to fruition.
SERVICES OFFERED: For three months (and free of charge) we will help you to integrate the basic knowledge necessary for you to acquire an overall view of how and in which direction to focus your Project so that it can become your means of earning money. This is done through:
WORKSHOPS SUPPORTING THE DEFINITION OF THE BUSINESS MODEL. Defining the model of your company will be crucial for you to gain a global view prior to launching your idea on the market.
WORKSHOPS ON HOW TO STRUCTURE THE INNOVATIVKE IDEA FROM THE FINANCIAL POINT OF VIEW. In these workshops you will learn how much you will need to start your activity, which external funding sources are available, the profitability expected, financial risks….
MENTORING: A series of professionals of renown in different sectors will lend their time, experience and expertise to help you consolidate your innovative idea.
TECHNICAL ASSISTENCE: This is offered to cover special needs such as technological, legal, etc, advice.
TUTORING BY SPECIALISTS FROM THE AGENCIES: There will always be somebody from our team to accompany you in the process and help where necessary.
WELCOME aims to connect 5 different major EU ecosystems (Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca) working with local WELCOME partners to identify and engage the most relevant players of the web entrepreneurship ecosystems of Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca (e.g. investors, mentors, corporates, media, successful WEs) with prospective, emerging and successful digital startups. The final goal is to create a Pan-European ecosystem in which every WE in one of the local ecosystems feels that belong to this Pan-European ecosystem. H2020 project: € 2,857,138
The INESPO II project (Innovation Network Spain-Portugal) was established as a network of Knowledge Transfer University-Business between different entities and Central Portugal and Castilla y Leon regions. This project is co-financed with FEDER funds, within the 3rd call of the Operational Programme 2007-2013 Cross-Border Cooperation POCTEP, particularly in the area of cooperation and jointly to promote competitiveness and employment promotion management.
The General Foundation of the University of Salamanca, as a partner in this project, coordinates the activities that take place in Salamanca.