Young Foundation becomes a Start-up European Ambassador

Date: 19 March 2018

We are delighted to announce that today (19th March) we become a Start-up European ambassador. This is a group of key influencers situated in European startup ecosystems who will provide information and advice about the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative. The objective is to democratize the startup phenomenon so that every European citizen has a fair chance to become a successful entrepreneur. The ambassadors will also help startups in their growth phase to have access to all the opportunities offered at European level.

The European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative has become a key reference in the European startup field by supporting directly around 60 local ecosystems and over 750 startups to grow beyond borders. The mission of Startup Europe is to build a Startup Continent by connecting pools of talent. The initiative encourages entrepreneurship, startup creation and growth; and connects startups, investors, accelerators, corporates, universities and the media through an array of grassroots initiatives or networks.

In an ever-changing European startup ecosystem the Startup Europe initiative has designed the group of its Ambassadors to democratize the startup phenomenon so that every citizen has a fair chance to become successful entrepreneurs wherever they are located in Europe.

The Startup Europe Ambassadors will actively contribute to the visibility of Startup Europe activities at the local level by acting as a key information point in their countries and also as connector for the local ecosystem with the other startups ecosystems across Europe. The first members of this group are the organizations who have been selected through the evaluation of proposals of European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ICT 32 call, as well as partners of European funded projects WeP-UP and OpenMaker, a pan European programme The Young Foundation is leading.

Openmaker is aiming to seed and accelerate the 4th Industrial Revolution. Bringing together manufacturers and makers the programme is creating a transformational and collaborative ecosystem that fosters collective innovations within the European manufacturing sector. It will accelerate sustainable business models, production processes, products and governance systems



Notes to editors:

  1. For interviews and more information please contact: Lucie Russell on Tel-07931 507873
  1. The Young Foundation finds new ways of tackling major social challenges by working alongside communities, using the tools of research and social innovation.
  2. We have created and supported over 80 organisations including: Which? The Open UniversityLanguage LineSocial Innovation ExchangeSchool for Social Entrepreneurs, Uprising and Action for Happiness.
  3. You can meet all the Startup Europe Ambassadors  during future Startup Europe events organized in 2018: Startup Olé 2018 (17- 19 April, Salamanca, 10000 startup stakeholders, free registration), European Maker Week 2018 (18-27 May, 300 maker events in 28 countries), Startup Europe Summit 2018 (European Commission’s foremost technology policy conference for startups. 15 October, Sofia). More information about future events will be published soon on the single information point for startups.