Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley

  • On September 21-25 a weeklong set of events in Silicon Valley will introduce a European delegation of policy makers, new EU Unicorns, established corporations and investors to Silicon Valley stakeholders to encourage cross-continental connections and collaborations.
  • On September 21st Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is invited to open the event with the SEC2SV European Innovation Day, a full-day conference hosted at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Applications for best EU scaleups are now available.

Brussels and San Francisco, June 10th, 2015 – A European delegation of policy makers, startups, established corporations and investors will meet Silicon Valley business stakeholders to foster cross-continental collaborations. On September 21-25 the most flourishing startup ecosystem of the world will host the “SEC2SV – Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley” initiative, part of Startup Europe, organized by Mind the Bridge Foundation, in partnership with Silicon Valley Comes to UK, Allied for Startups and with the support of several Silicon Valley-based partner organizations. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is invited to open the event.

Modeled by the successful Silicon Valley Comes to UK, the weeklong initiative aims at connecting Europe and Silicon Valley toward establishing new business opportunities and collaboration. The delegation will include commissioners and prime ministers, a selection of some of the best EU “Scaleups” (mature startups with 20% revenue or employee growth in the last 3 years), the new European Unicorns (private companies with over $1 billion dollars in market value), established corporations and investors.

The week of meetings in Silicon Valley will provide an opportunity to bring together the activities of European Member State representatives under one single European Flag. Europe is producing a new generation of startups that can have a disruptive impact on many areas of the global economy.

Invited participants include Andrus Ansip, European Commission VP for the Digital Single Market; Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner; Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States; as well as senior executives from Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, Apple, Telefonica, Orange, BBVA, Deutsche Bank, and representatives from the venture and academic communities from both sides of the Atlantic (from Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock, Social Capital, Softech VC, USV, Y Combinator, RocketSpace and 500Startups to Stanford, Berkeley, Singularity University, European Investment Fund).

The week will start on September 21st with SEC2SV European Innovation Day, a full-day conference held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View that is expected to gather 600-700 attendees around the following topics:

  • Digital Single Market
  • EU & US cooperation
  • Silicon Valley Trends
  • Startups / Innovation vs. Regulation
  • Investments and Acquisitions
  • Silicon Valley connection to hubs worldwide
  • EU Unicorns

The event is aimed at building a high-quality, geographically diverse delegation of Scaleups. Applications are currently open and the final selection will be curated by Silicon Valley-based partner organizations each focused on a specific EU country or region:

  • Silicon Vikings
  • French Tech Hub
  • Spain Tech Center
  • German Accelerator
  • West 2 West
  • Netherlands Offices of Science and Technology’ (NOST)
  • Mind the Bridge
  • UK Trade & Investment

Europe will benefit from Silicon Valley to help create economically impactful and long lasting ecosystems where innovation can flourish, while Silicon Valley will benefit from an open dialogue with European policy makers to tap into significant global markets.

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