Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV) is a mission that seeks to connect the dots between EU and Silicon Valley stakeholders of the global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Created and organized by Mind the Bridge and co-organized with EIT Digital, in 2015, SEC2SV sparked a crucial conversation between EU policymakers (commissioners, prime ministers), top EU Scaleup companies (Startup Europe), corporations from both continents, and Silicon Valley stakeholders.

On Sept 12-20, SEC2SV will seek to strengthen this connection by connecting the dots between these conversations and transatlantic activities from SV to EU and back; including the year long activities that followed for actionable insight into what works and what doesn’t from previous participants and enable cross-continental business activity.

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Created and organized by Mind the Bridge and co-organized with EIT Digital, EID (European Innovation Day) is an action oriented investors’ day bringing together the best of European technology and innovation. The EID is the opening event of SEC2SV Week: bringing together the current and future EU Unicorns + EU policy makers to meet the Silicon Valley digital economy stakeholders.

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Fifteen scaleups were selected to represent Europe in the program, based on proposals by Silicon Valley-based partner organizations focused on a EU country or region. The requirements to be considered for the SEC2SV competition is to have had at least 10 employees 3 years ago and to be growing more than 20% year-over-year in revenue or number of employees. The final selection was made by a group of investors composed of Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) Investors Forum members and U.S. investors. In addition to these 15 scaleups, four fast growing tech companies supported by EIT Digital Accelerator will join the delegation.

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The SEC2SV Sounding Board is an informal group of selected Europe-born, Silicon Valley-based managers, entrepreneurs, and investors interested in supporting EU policy makers on policies re: Digital Single Market and Scale-up of EU Startup Ecosystem. The SEC2SV Sounding Board has been officially launched at SEC2SV 2015 during the European Innovation Day and met the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger on September 22nd. Download the SEP Policy Brief that summarizes the recommendations for facilitating access and scale for businesses in Europe at the link below.

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