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One of the goals of the Startup Europe (SE) Initiative of the European Commission is to “reinforce the links between people, business and associations who build and scale up the startup ecosystem”. Under this objective several initiatives and networks have been promoted such as the Web Investors Forum, the Accelerator Assembly or the Crowdfunding Network, just to name a few.

Under the same spirit, but with a clear focus on aggregating and leveraging regional support for startups, a new network has been created on the 1st October in Brussels, at an event held at the Committee of Regions: the “Startup Europe Regions Network (SERN)”.

As it has happens with the other networks and initiatives sponsored by SE, the goal of SERN is not that of replacing or duplicating other networks that may build on similar players or have (partially) overlapping objectives. The main goal of SERN is that of occupying an empty space and contributing to fill a gap clearly felt by EU startups in terms of startup gap funding, while also addressing other relevant barriers to startups’ growth, such as harmonization of policies and regulations, access to talent and to major research infrastructures.

The Startup Europe Regions Network will gather EU regions committed to startup support to offer a first virtual interconnected space for EU startups to scale up, aiming to leverage private investments with European and regional ones so as to create critical mass. The primary focus for final beneficiaries will be already established startups, and the target will be companies that have already achieved first results, possibly with support from regional programmes, and are now aiming to grow global, while still having less than 5 years of existence. For this, the network will invest in new instruments and pilot schemes, in line with the priorities defined by the European Commission and the Committee of Regions and for the benefit of European startups.

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