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ESN Gender Equality Plan

At ESN we aspire to strenghten the importance of promoting a diversified work conditions and culture. Our key principle is to create a safe and inclusive environment in order to ensure the equality of rights, freedoms, opportunities, and recognition between genders. We also believe that a more inclusive environment fuels creativity, innovation and excellent results. [...]

By |2022-11-10T13:31:39+00:00November 9th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

PRESS RELEASE: European Startup Network welcomes the EU Sovereignty Fund

The European Startup Network (ESN) welcomes the announcement of the creation of an EU Sovereignty Fund announced by President von der Leyen at the SOTEU this week. Together with other innovation stakeholders, we have been calling for such a fund in our intense interactions with EC services during the preparation phase of the New European [...]

By |2022-09-16T13:11:23+00:00September 16th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

Today is the day!

The New European Innovation Agenda will be published at 15h00 CET (see https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/ebs/1/20220705). The startup community has been working intensely with the European Commission over the past years to influence the important milestone that this Agenda represents. We will immediately start examining the strengths and weaknesses of the published Agenda during a workshop tomorrow morning and [...]

By |2022-07-05T11:30:58+00:00July 5th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

New European Innovation Agenda: Startup Stakeholder Feedback Event

In early 2021, Commissioner Gabriel reached out to the startup community to better understand the needs, concerns and priorities of the European startups. Four working groups were formed, with a focus on startup ecosystems, unicorns, female founders, and female VCs. Since then, we have had intense collaborations with the services of the European Commission, partnering [...]

By |2022-07-04T21:24:31+00:00July 4th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

ESN is hiring a Communication Intern

THE COMPANY European Startup Network (ESN) unifies Europe’s national startup associations to create a common voice for European startups. ESN wants to build a startup-friendly environment so that startups grow and thrive in Europe. That is why we united 38 associations representing startups in their countries. Among our members we count France Digitale, Startups.be Startup [...]

By |2022-05-23T12:22:17+00:00May 23rd, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

PRESS RELEASE: European Startup Network takes next steps in its expansion strategy

28 March 2022 At its General Assembly in Lille, France, the European Startup Network (ESN) took two important steps in its expansion strategy: (i) leading European regional startup ecosystems were admitted as members (Startup Valencia, Platform 6 from Tampere, EuraTechnologies from Lille and Danish Tech Startups), and (ii) the collaboration with startup associations outside Europe [...]

By |2022-03-28T13:07:28+00:00March 28th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

ESN co-authors Business Declaration on Digital Innovation 2022 for the EU-Africa Business Forum

Together with nearly a 100 representatives from European and African business organisations, and policy makers, ESN co-authored the EABF 2022 Business Declaration on Digital Innovation. We are looking forward to contributing in the implementation of this declaration with the European HUBiquitous project. Read the publication for more information.

By |2022-03-14T13:42:55+00:00March 14th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

Overview of actions for Ukraine

The European Startup Network wants to propose solutions and foster solidarity for Ukrainians in light of the ongoing war. Below you find a list of efforts by ESN members to assist Ukrainian entrepreneurs in their search for safer areas for their projects, employees, and family members.   TechLeap has dedicated a section on their website [...]

By |2022-03-07T13:55:23+00:00March 4th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

PRESS RELEASE: European Startup Network calls for solidarity with Ukrainian people

The European Startup Network is appalled by the Ukrainian situation. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people, whom we stand by with greatest solidarity.  Ukraine is a part of Europe and just became a conflict zone.  It is of utmost importance that as an independent country, Ukraine can build and grow its own tech sector [...]

By |2022-02-25T10:15:48+00:00February 24th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

EUIPO and ESN sign a collaboration agreement to empower EU startups

                                                               The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the European Startup Network (ESN) have signed a collaboration agreement to encourage activities and promote services that support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The ESN is the collective voice of European startups, representing them to European policymakers, and connecting them with corporations and investors [...]

By |2022-02-22T13:29:11+00:00February 22nd, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

The European Startup Network expands with 7 new members and engages with leading European decision makers

On Tuesday 15 June 2021, the European Startup Network (ESN) held its General Assembly in Paris and welcomed 7 European startup associations as new members, bringing the membership base to a total of 31 members. Furthermore, EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel joined the General Assembly for an interactive exchange of ideas about how to make [...]

By |2021-06-21T09:17:40+00:00June 21st, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Action Plan to Make Europe the new Global Powerhouse for Startups

On 10 May 2021 EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel has met with leading independent startup ecosystem leaders from across the 27 member states, who officially unveiled their “Action Plan to Make Europe the new Global Powerhouse for Startups“. The initiative, supported by 27 national EU startup organisations, aims to increase the number of unicorns (privately [...]

By |2021-05-10T11:28:35+00:00May 10th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

20,000 scaleups scouted and 668 individual coaching sessions in less than 3 years. Is it your turn to challenge us?

In March 2018, the SEP 2.0 project of the European Commission kicked-off with the very first Scaleup Summit at the Stock Exchange in Milan. Now, eight editions later we look back at a project where we selected Europe’s most promising scaleups and successfully matched them with corporates and investors to foster their growth. Our role [...]

By |2020-08-27T12:41:43+00:00August 27th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Startups’ recommendations for post-COVID-19 economic recovery

A list of 13 concrete recommendations from startup organisations to national governments and international organisations in the fields of investment, talent and policy The document is also a call to the European Union and governments across the globe to provide startups with financial and political support, empowering them to thrive and build the economy of [...]

By |2020-11-03T14:03:09+00:00July 13th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

ESN members elect new President

ESN is excited to announce that Nicolas Brien, CEO at France Digitale, was elected as president of its board. He will succeed founder Karen Boers and lead the board in pursuit of ESN’s mission to create a common voice for European startups so that more can start, scale and succeed in the EU. Read the [...]

By |2020-11-03T14:03:09+00:00June 3rd, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

NotOptional Campaign

ESN  is supporting the NotOptional campaign (https://notoptional.eu/), whose aim is to ask for an improvement to the treatment of stock options, both at Member State and EU level , to enhance the ability of startups to attract talent. Read the letter sent by a coalition of CEOs, founders and startup networks to the European Commission [...]

By |2020-11-03T14:03:09+00:00March 12th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Annual Report on European SMEs 2018/2019

ESN contributed to the Annual Report on European SMEs 2018/2019 with a dedicated section on startups, in the framework of the SME performance review. The SME performance review is one of the main tools the European Commission uses to monitor and assess countries' progress in implementing the Small Business Act (SBA) on a yearly basis. [...]

By |2020-11-03T14:03:10+00:00January 17th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Building the United Tech of Europe

For the first time in European history, 30 organizations from 27 countries across the EU have banned together to merge their aspirations and expectations, and to speak with a united voice. Europe is faced with a narrow time frame during which it can propose an alternative and ambitious vision for the digital sphere. Here is [...]

By |2020-11-03T14:03:10+00:00March 18th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Startup and Scaleup Ecosystem: Recommendations for policy change

Intent on completing and ensuring a competitive Single Market, ESN worked to provide Vice President Jyrki Katainen and the European Commission with several concrete suggestions regarding regulation and deregulation of the startup and scaleup landscape, addressing mainly: Startup Single Market, value-added tax, copyright, data protection, data localization, digital identity, patent law, platforms, the SME Test, [...]

By |2020-11-03T14:03:10+00:00July 16th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

European Startup Monitor 2016

The 2016 European Startup Monitor aims to present the development and significance of startups and identify research gaps, outline economic initiatives that will strengthen national and regional European startup ecosystems, and cultivate enthusiasm for entrepreneurship in society. At 112 pages, it is a significant data-driven document which highlights all main factors of the startup ecosystem. [...]

By |2020-11-03T14:03:10+00:00November 22nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

European Scaleup Manifesto

The European Scaleup Manifesto is a 49-point roadmap which draws from the unique insights of dozens of leading European startup associations and successful entrepreneurs. The measures are aimed at helping European startups to scale and are divided into six headings: complete the single market; mobilize capital; activate talent; power innovation; broaden education; and monitor, measure, [...]

By |2020-11-03T14:03:10+00:00September 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
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