A regional Start-up and Scale-up Initiative - learning from iEER regions

Wednesday 11 October, 11.15-13.00, room 52, Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors building

In this interactive workshop we will look at the elements of regional entrepreneurial ecosystems that are needed for innovative start-ups to scale-up. Successful strategies from innovative entrepreneurial regions will be presented to boost cooperation between regions and hence we enlarge the market and opportunities for best companies in Europe to strive globally. European Commission’s freshly launched Start-up and Scale-up Initiative aims to enhance Europe’s competitiveness and improve the conditions for startups to scale up. The workshop presents concrete steps and transferable innovative practices as inspiration to implement a regional Startup and Scale-up initiative.

The workshop will be followed by a networking session and a light lunch.


Mr. Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions
Ms. Adi Barel, Director of the International Economic Development, Tel Aviv Global
Mr. Francisco Álvarez, Director-General of Economy and Entrepreneurship, Region of Valencia
Ms. Christine Chang, Project Manager, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council
Ms. Dorthe Kusk, Head of Unit for Business Development and Growth Forum, Region of Southern Denmark
Mr. Carsten Schierenbeck, Team Leader at the Unit for Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship, DG Growth

Discussion is moderated by Ms. Katarzyna Balucka-Debska, DG Growth