The Network, which will endorse the Startup Europe initiative, aims at connecting key startup players, fostering entrepreneurial culture, and guiding Central and Eastern European ecosystems towards success.

In particular, the Startup Europe Central and Eastern Europe Network will:

Focus its efforts in sustaining and revitalizing existing ecosystems, and promoting further expansion across the Central and Eastern European region. We will prioritize the creation of new collaborations and connections between start-up players active in various ecosystems throughout the whole region.

Bridge cooperation between the Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans Networks to advance know-how and best practices exchanges. In this regard, we will reduce prevailing gaps that divide the entrepreneurial systems into these two regions, and help them in accessing funding opportunities.

Release policy recommendations and share advice on the available financial tools and opportunities. Network members are well aware of the Central and Eastern Europe’s growth potential and, therefore, will commit themselves to transform the region into a promising and attractive ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

Guarantee the sustainability of the network through an Action Plan, which will promote the network as a start-up location. Members will develop an Action Plan gathering a stocktaking of the main obstacles for the start-ups’ growth and a range of concrete actions to undertake.

"We, the Founding members, commit ourselves to achieve a long-lasting impact on the Central and Eastern European region through enhancing existing ecosystems, creating both solid connections within the region and synergies at a pan-European level, facilitating smooth access to different sources of finance, and nurturing the entrepreneurship education and culture."

We gathered the greatest minds from the Central and Eastern European region to inspire and empower startups with their knowledge and extensive experience into the field. In so doing, they will support mutual collaborations among start-ups, provide them with expertise and significant advice to maximise their growth, and boost the potential of their region in becoming the leading startup hub of the future.

Core Members

Krisztina Tóth
Director of Corporate Affairs
Havlová Markéta
Diana Rusu
Executive Director
Dimitar Vasilev Ivanov
Chairman of the Board of Management
Adela Zábražná
Executive Manager
Frane Šesnić
Matej Rus
CEO and Co-founder
Julia Krysztofiak-Szopa
President of the Board