Key Results of the RAISE project

From June 1, 2022, to May 31, 2024, RAISE has implemented numerous activities to develop a sustainable support framework for European startups, promoting growth, competitive business models, and innovative collaborations across the continent. Here you will find key project results.

Key Deliverables

Over the 2-year project, the RAISE consortium published key deliverables, including regional support policies for EU startups, pilot actions for startups, engagement of up to 100 scale-ups with top coaches and speakers, and a comprehensive support plan for startups and scale-ups.

D1.1. Creation of the Open Forum for permanent cooperation between stakeholders

The Open Startup Forum for ongoing cooperation in the startup ecosystem, facilitated through a LinkedIn Group, has attracted diverse members from various industries. Its initiatives—workshops, matchmaking events, and mentoring—provide valuable growth opportunities for startups and scale-ups. The Open Startup Forum will continue to foster collaboration and support startup success in the EU.

D1.3 Outcome of the exchange of experience and co-creation sessions

The RAISE project, aiming to boost collaboration and support for scale-ups, organised two co-creation workshops. These sessions focused on sharing insights and developing practical solutions to improve business models and partnerships within the European startup ecosystem. They served as crucial platforms for fostering dialogue, driving innovation, and shaping the future of European startups.

D1.4 Manifesto for a Common Action Strategy with impact in startups

The RAISE project consortium has issued the Manifesto for a Common Action Strategy with Impact in Startups, outlining key principles crucial for fostering a dynamic and sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem. Aligned with the objectives of Startup Nations Standards, this manifesto serves as a beacon for startups, guiding them towards shared values and a collective responsibility to drive positive change. With a united effort, the European startup ecosystem is poised to flourish and make a lasting impact on the global stage.

D2.2 Monitoring and review of the results of pilot actions

In the second year of the RAISE project’s implementation, the consortium team successfully deployed pilot actions for startups, engaging up to 100 scale-ups alongside high-level coaches, trainers, and speakers. This initiative was part of the broader efforts of RAISE project team to establish a sustainable support framework for startup growth within the EU ecosystem, in accordance with the principles of the Startup Nations Standard Declaration.

D3.1. Regions “Steering Group” launch

Comprising 13 high-level professionals and policy experts from various sectors, the Regional Steering Group brings together a wealth of experience from Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), Regional Governments, Innovation Centers, Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH), and more. Representing 10 countries, including Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, the group is a melting pot of expertise and perspectives and a diverse assembly of thought leaders committed to advancing startup initiatives.

D3.2 Interactive map of startup measures available on website

The RAISE project team has introduced an innovative interactive Startup Support Map, accessible on the project website. This dynamic tool showcases regional support policies and measures for startups across the European Union, aiming to aid entrepreneurs in navigating the diverse landscape of regional support programmes.

D3.3 Guide on “How to use structural funds for startup support”

Over the past two years, the RAISE initiative has developed an integrated approach to supporting startups and scaleups throughout their entire lifecycle. The guide on “How to Use Structural Funds for Startup Support” is a valuable tool providing startups with essential information on accessing European funds. These funds serve as crucial mechanisms through which the European Union directs its support towards enhancing employment opportunities and nurturing a sustainable, resilient economy.

D3.4 Finalisation of Common Action plan

The RAISE initiative has developed a detailed Common Action Plan aimed at providing comprehensive support to start-ups and scale-ups. The plan acts as a guide to help start-ups expand their operations effectively, focusing on: Start-up creation and market entry, Talent attraction, Regulatory collaboration, Public procurement participation, Access to finance, and Digitalisation.

The RAISE project has been implemented by

a five-organisations consortium led by Startup Europe Regions Network (SERN).

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