In collaboration with the Startup Europe initiative by the European Commission, a new Startup Europe network called ‘Startup Europe Mediterranean’ (SEMED) has been recently established.
Building on the experience and the successes of Startup Europe SEMED aims to make a significant step forward as it links together different EU priorities: startups, investment but also the strategy for the Mediterranean as a geo-strategic area with innovation at the centre of the neighbourhood policy, development and cooperation and migration.
Last September the SEMED teaser website https://www.startupeuromed.eu/ went live announcing the preparation of a big launch event planned on Friday 1st March in the city of Matera (Italy), European Capital of Culture 2019.
Due to its geographical position and thanks to its strong Mediterranean cultural identity, to be celebrated in 2019 as a symbol of the European culture, Matera is the natural location to start hosting some of the activities bridging the European Union with the whole Mediterranean region.
The official launch event in Matera will take the form of a “red button ceremony” during which the SEMED cloud platform will go live online.
In addition to the traditional activities of networking, reporting and study visit activities, the newly established Mediterranean network will in fact offer a 24/7-all-year-round virtual interconnected space where people, startups, investors, corporates, universities and policymakers can search, find, meet, learn about the ecosystems in the whole region, and drive investment, but also meet other stakeholders, exchange information, ideas, experiences, talents and build business links to grow their ecosystems.
This EIF debate is the official presentation of Startup Europe Mediterranean in Brussels, it aims to explore all the potential synergies, including new memberships, and in particular the relations with the current political debate, and the legislative work at EU level.
Brando Benifei MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member