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401, 2021

We’re hiring a European Project Manager!

European Startup Network (ESN) is seeking an enthusiastic project manager to join our dynamic team. You will work on two- to three-year projects funded by the European Commission in an effort to help facilitate growth for startups and scaleups across Europe.

A pan-European, member-based organization, ESN works with national startup associations to build a united voice, represent startups and scaleups at the European level, share best practices, and build partnerships between ecosystem members (startups, scaleups, corporates, investors, accelerators, institutions, …).

If you choose to work with ESN, you’ll oversee and/or assist with various projects and tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Researching, building, and presenting a toolkit designed to assist ecosystem members (startups, corporates, and universities) with open innovation.
  • Evaluation and iteration: investigating best practices in open innovation, designing prototypes, conducting workshops, …
  • Scouting Europe’s most innovative scaleups based on qualification criteria (including but not limited to: funding raised, number of customers, maturity of product or service, vertical relevance, …).
  • Ensuring relevant scaleups align with corporate and investor needs.
  • Mobilizing and uniting stakeholders across the European startup ecosystem for event participation.
  • Project reporting.

What We Want:

  • A results-oriented individual who heeds strong attention to detail and superior organizational skills
  • English required (Level B2/C1)
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced professional environment
  • Excellent written, presentation, and oral communication skills

We offer: 

  • A full time, temporary, job: Mo 19/04/2021- Fr 17/09/2021.
  • An engaging, dynamic working atmosphere—focused on startups, facilitating their growth and extent of international exposure.
  • Experience working in the startup ecosystem and at the European level.
  • Flexible working hours and access to an energizing coworking space in the heart of Brussels.
  • Hands-on project management experience—handling large-budget projects and ensuring their success.

Please send your resume and a cover letter to .

ESN is a collaborative environment and hosts a spirited team. We look forward to receiving your application.

Will Train Applicant(s): Yes

Preferred Degree(s): Business or equivalent

Preferred Experience: 2-3 years

2708, 2020

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 in this three-year pan-European project? Together with partner Mind the Bridge, ESN carefully selected scaleups to match the corporates and investors and engaged with them in one-on-one coaching sessions.

Some facts and figures you ask? In SEP 2.0 we initially considered 20.000 European startups. 8.966 matched the maturity criteria. After a further matchmaking process for the involved corporates and investors, we reached out to 4.014 scaleups. Based on intense interaction, we held one-on-one coaching sessions with 668 of them. 454 of those were then finally selected and attended one of the Scaleup Summits.

Are you an investor or corporate seeking startups that match your needs? Feel free to reach out to us and tell us what you would like to achieve. We’d be happy to work with you!

1307, 2020

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 the future.

306, 2020

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 press release!

1203, 2020

NotOptional Campaign

ESN  is supporting the NotOptional campaign (, 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 in response to the launch of the SME strategy!

1701, 2020

Annual Report on European SMEs 2018/2019

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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. With an emphasis on the measures from the SBA action plan, the review brings comprehensive information on the performance of SMEs in EU countries and other partner countries.

1803, 2019

Building the United Tech of Europe

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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 our proposal.

– A European limited status
– Closing the financial gap
– A data-driven EU
– Startup-friendly institutions

1607, 2018

Startup and Scaleup Ecosystem: Recommendations for policy change

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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, carveouts, artificial intelligence, and administration.

2211, 2016

European Startup Monitor 2016

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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.

2909, 2016

European Scaleup Manifesto

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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, and evaluate.

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