Startup Europe Week (SEW) is the largest multi-event of its kind for startups in Europe and the third edition will be 5 – 9 March 2018. In the spirit of regional connections, SEW18 will be launched with a joint launch event shining a spotlight on the local ecosystems of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain and Brasov, Romania.
Startup Europe Week aims to showcase the support available to entrepreneurs on a city and regional level. Why is this necessary? Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups, from helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks. For this reason, taking a local perspective is crucial to supporting entrepreneurs in Europe. It’s also why the initiative is promoted and given visibility by the European Commission’s Startup Europe.
In 2017, #SEW17 saw 280+ co-organisers organize hundreds of events in 40+ countries. The week of events reached 100000 entrepreneurs across Europe, and as a grassroots movement achieved 18 million+ impressions on social media.
In 2018, #SEW18 will be held between 5th-9th March. SEW now has 50+ countries involved and +300 events planned, expanding beyond Europe to include global events in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
This year, #SEW18 will kick off with a joint launch event between two local ecosystems: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain and Brasov, Romania. In the spirit of regional connection, SEW aims to shine a spotlight on these two cities, as well as showcase the resources of support available for entrepreneurs in less prominent towns in Europe.
We look forward to seeing you there!