Framed under the Startup Europe Initiative, the €1,5M project brings together F6S, TNW, Design Terminal, Growth Tribe and TechChill.
X-Europe, an initiative born out of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme, aims to bring together leading deeptech startups, investors, corporations, and governments to forge stronger ties between developed and developing European regions.
Leading the programme are five major ecosystem leaders in the key regions of focus in X-Europe: the Baltics, western Europe, and the Visegrad region. This consortium is well placed to use their networks and key assets in an effort to facilitate the transfer of opportunities, skills, and talent across Europe. Linking the developing regions of the Baltics and the Visegrad 4 to the wider European communities, the project's key focus is allow opportunities and partnerships to spread across borders.
Through the F6S platform, a total of 150 deeptech startups across six cohorts will be selected for the programme over 26 months. Startups joining X-Europe can expect a whole range of benefits such as: in-person and online training by Growth Tribe, 1-on-1 mentoring, matchmaking with investors and large corporates, access to Design Terminal’s accelerator and incubator, access to TNW's community spaces, access to TechChill Foundation’s events and community, the opportunity to shape innovation challenges with corporates, and gaining exposure through TNW’s media platform, top tech events and overall partners’ network. As a centerpiece for the programme, X-Europe will host six flagship events, which will take place in Amsterdam, Riga, and Budapest between 2020 and 2022.
Pieter Paul van Oerle, Strategy Director, TNW: “Signing up for programmes such as X-Europe is a great way for startups to receive valuable benefits. We are very excited to connect the ecosystems of western Europe with the Baltics and the Visegrad 4 and help startups grow. Using our love for startups and scale-ups, we'll help the European tech community become even stronger.”
Nuno Varandas, Business Development, F6S: “The X-Europe concept aims to support and promote deep technology beyond the partnership and regions covered. The project team is highly focused on delivering an action-packed programme with valuable services and connections to enable and accelerate growth. We invite all European deeptech startups and ecosystem players to join us.”
X-Europe will launch six open calls, servicing startups in six deeptech industries (likely HealthTech, AgriTech, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, SpaceTech, GreenTech, and Cybersecurity) throughout 2020 and 2021. Stay tuned.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871795.