European Startup Network Continues to Advocate for European Startup Ecosystems

ESN, the European Startup Network, is at the forefront of unifying and championing the interests of Europe’s diverse startup ecosystems on the European stage. ESNs  overarching goal is to foster an environment where the European continent emerges as a powerhouse for startups and growth.

At its recent General Assembly, the European Startup Network (ESN) renewed its board ahead of the 2024 European elections, reaffirming its commitment to nurturing and advancing the European startup ecosystems.

Newly Elected Board Members:

Agata Hidalgo, European Affairs Manager at France Digitale, where she is in charge of institutional relations, policy and advocacy at international level.

Raphael Tobler, CEO at, an education and career platform, founder of Startup Nights and President of the Swiss Startup Association.

Hannah Wundsam , managing director of AustrianStartups, the biggest startup platform and think tank for entrepreneurship in Austria, where she is focused on changing the entrepreneurial landscape through education, community and political change. 

Cristian Dalascu, partner at GapMinder VC & Techcelerator, member of the EIC Investment Jury and Strategy Advisor and Chairmans at ROTSA, the Voice of Romanian Tech Startups.

Esben Gadsbøll, chairman and co-initiator of Danish Tech Startups, founder and board member at TechBBQ, entrepreneur, business angel, partner of Nordic Makers and co-founder of

ESN members also unanimously re-elected Hajdi Cenan (Cro Startup) and David Hanf (German Startup Association) for a second term on the ESN board.

David Hanf was elected to succeed Nicolas Brien as ESN president. 

David brings a wealth of experience, serving in the past as Managing Director of, a German Scale-up in the heat sector and at as CFO. He is an Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and he is co-founder of the German Startup Association.

ESN extends its heartfelt thanks to Nicolas Brien for his outstanding contributions in steering ESN towards significant growth and influence on the European stage.

Press contact: David Hanf ( and Jan Bormans (