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 Innovation Agenda.
“It is crucial that the focus of this fund is on tech innovators and entrepreneurs to ensure the
much-needed critical mass.” Nicolas Brien, ESN president
We believe that this fund can be a gamechanger for the European tech ecosystems, enabling us to
anchor European tech champions and to crowd in private capital, leading to a thriving European
innovation ecosystem. Indeed, it has the potential to improve the European late-stage capital needs
and facilitate a significant increase of the number of EU scaleups and unicorns.
“I am looking forward to a highly efficient implementation of the EU Sovereignty Fund, tailored
to the needs of the European startups, with a minimum of bureaucracy.” Jan Bormans, ESN
Therefore, ESN is reaching out and expressing its intention to work together with the EC, making its
expertise available to ensure that the implementation of the Sovereignty Fund will be a success.
The European Startup Network (ESN) is the NGO that unifies national and regional startup associations
to create a common voice for European startups, so that more can start, grow and scale. ESN uniquely
represents the European startup ecosystem as it is the only independent pan-European startup
association. ESN also performs the secretariat functions of the Independent Ecosystem Leaders Group
(IELG) that proposed the ‘Action Plan to Make Europe the new Global Powerhouse for Startups’ as
input to the New European Innovation Agenda