Brussels, Belgium, 9 February 2016 – From 1st to 5th February 2016 eleven EBN Members from five countries hosted regional and local events to share, connect and engage with local startups, under the patronage of the Startup Europe Week initiative by the European Commission.
Startup Europe Week brought together regional officers, entrepreneurs and local leaders over five days to build momentum on how Europe’s regions can positively impact entrepreneurs. This Europe-wide initiative took place only one week after the announcement that the EBN network provided business support to over 27,000 companies in 2014, thereby confirming the impact EU|BICs have on the European innovation ecosystem.
During Startup Europe Week eleven EBN members hosted many events in their local incubators. They were from Spain: BIC Euronova, CEEI Alava, CEEI Aragón, CEEI Castellón and CEEI Murcia; from Portugal: TagusValley and IPN; from Ireland: South East BIC; from Italy BIC Lazio and Citta della Scienza; and from Greece: Vilabs. The events organised by these EU|BICs ranged from hands-on experience with 3D-printing in a FabLab in Rome, a dedicated networking session among women web entrepreneurs organised by the WeHubs project in Thessaloniki, a FIWARE startup pitch where 54 companies presented their projects to investors in Coimbra, and an ‘open doors’ day in Naples. An overview of these events can be found on this Storify.
BIC Lazio, the Business and Innovation Centre located in Rome hosted the largest number of events in their region. “During the SEW BIC Lazio organized four Open Days in its incubators (Viterbo, Latina, Ferentino and Rieti) showcasing startups to the ecosystem. With more than 1,000 participants and 44 workshops, inspirational talks and walkabouts, it provided BIC Lazio’s 39 startups and over 500 business ideas in the making, with a great opportunity to strengthen their vibrant network both locally and at a European level”, said Laura Tassinari, BIC Lazio’s CEO.
EBN and its members are striving for a truly European innovation ecosystem, as highlighted by the co-organisation of the “European Innovation Ecosystems” Conference last month, in partnership with the Committee of the Regions. EBN continuously promotes the role of EU|BICs as a key tool to deliver the highly specialised support Europe’s innovative startups and small businesses need to grow and scale.
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