European Startup Network, where the CzechInvest agency is also a member since last year, elected new members at its General Assembly meeting and at the same time a partnership with Ghana Startups, Maroc Numeric Cluster, and Startup Canada.
“Regional startup ecosystems are key players, complementary to national startup associations, to achieve a strong European startup ecosystem. ESN is the only independent organization able to ‘connect the connectors’ thanks to its large member base and its long-standing experience in networking, best-practice exchanges, and the formulation of joint policy recommendations.” Nicolas Brien, ESN President.
ESN strategy also aims to strengthen the startup ecosystems over the boundaries of the continents mainly by mutually beneficial exchange of information and best practices. This ESN approach is aligned with the strategic choices Europe currently makes to strengthen its role as a partner in Africa. “If startups are to succeed globally, they need to lead expansionary activities and become acquainted with potential markets, even outside Europe. At CzechInvest, we have long supported startups in their efforts in both the American and Asian markets, and therefore we think it is good that other ESN members share these principles. Thanks to its network Czech companies can gain valuable partners abroad ", said Markéta Přenosilová, Startup Europe Ambassador for the Czech Republic.
ESN is composed of 31 national startup associations from across Europe. ESN works on joint projects including international soft landing missions for startups, pan-European policy manifestos, and best practice sharing for running national networks, among other activities.
More information you can find in the attached Press Release.