RAISE Project Concludes with Resounding Success at EU-Startups Summit 2024

RAISE Project Concludes with Resounding Success at EU-Startups Summit 2024 1024 743 RAISE fosters startup growth and scale-up within and across Europe

The EU-Startups Summit 2024 in Malta witnessed conclusion of the RAISE project, as over 50 participants gathered to celebrate the culmination of efforts aimed at fostering startup growth through enhanced ecosystem connectivity.

The summit, spearheaded by project coordinator Giorgio Alessandro from SERN (Startup Europe Regions Network), who made a summary of the objectives and activities of the whole project. Professor Rudy Aernoudt’s keynote address, titled “How to turn Europe into a world startup ecosystem?” provided invaluable insights into overcoming obstacles and shaping effective policies.

Professor Rudy Aernoudt from University of Ghent

Alessandro Craglia from EBAN (European Business Angel Network) showcased the pilot initiatives crafted by the RAISE project. These initiatives spanned business model refinement, partnership cultivation, access to funding, talent acquisition, and the promotion of women and rural entrepreneurship. Verklaren’s testimonial underscored the tangible benefits experienced by startups engaged in RAISE activities.

Over 50 participants

Giacomo Frisanco from EURADA (European Association of Development Agencies) introduced the Startup Support Interactive Map, a groundbreaking tool designed to assist startups in navigating European Structural and Investment Funds.
The unveiling of the Common Action Plan by Giorgio Alessandro marked a significant moment, synthesizing the needs and expectations of the startup sector based on extensive research and guidance from the RAISE Regional Steering Group.

Panel discussion featuring Rudy Aernoudt (middle), Greta Camilleri (left), and Philippe Séjalon (right)

The summit concluded with a dynamic panel discussion moderated by Cristina Gallardo Rey (Fundecyt) featuring Rudy Aernoudt, Greta Camilleri, and Philippe Séjalon, facilitating lively discourse on the challenges and opportunities within the European startup landscape. Throughout the day, prominent speakers and case studies provided valuable insights into the outcomes of the RAISE project.
Reflecting on RAISE’s journey, the project has been dedicated to bridging gaps and uniting regions to shape a true EU startup ecosystem without boundaries. From funding to research support and internationalization, RAISE has championed collaboration, linking stakeholders from local to international levels.
As RAISE concludes its journey, it leaves behind a legacy of interconnectedness, collaboration, and empowerment. The project’s efforts have nurtured startup growth and scale-up across Europe, marking a significant step towards a vibrant and resilient European startup ecosystem.
In summary, the RAISE project stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and collective action in driving positive change within the European startup landscape.

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