Smart policymaking to boost start-up activity and competitiveness in Europe

This workshop is organised by the partnership of two Interreg Europe projects – START EASY and GRESS. It will focus on exchanging ideas, identifying common challenges and getting updates on policy developments with the objective of improving policy making and delivering smart tools to enable a conductive environment to boost startups and competitiveness in a sustainable Europe.

The workshop will create links between regional ecosystems, focusing on learning from each other and identifying common challenges, innovative policy solutions, new evidence on impact and upcoming policy priorities with the objective of unlocking the potential of European startups.

The first session will focus on how to improve policy making policy making for enhancing a conducive environment for startup creation and for delivering efficient startup promotion instruments. Concrete European projects aiming at improving policy making and delivering smart tools to improve startups and SMEs competitiveness will be presented and discussed with young entrepreneurs who will provide first-hand testimonials on the specific needs and challenges encountered by startups.

The workshop will then split into 5 round tables to discuss on the specific policies and smart tools to support startups according to their sector of activity. The participants will discuss policies and smart tools on financing, regulation and proactive public and support services for the startups, divided by subtopics and economic sectors: (1) green economy- drivers and challenges, (2) digital and tech, (3) e-commerce and retail, (4) Health, well-being and life sciences industries, and (5) will discuss new innovative business solutions in a future green and circular Europe.