This initiative, under the patronage of Startup Europe, aims at connecting key startup players, fostering entrepreneurial culture, and guiding CEE ecosystems towards success.

In particular, the Startup Europe Central and Eastern European (CEE) network will:

Focus its efforts in sustaining and revitalizing existing ecosystems, and promoting further expansion across the CEE region. Startup Europe 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 CEE and the Western Balkan (WB) networks to advance know-how and best practices exchanges. Startup Europe 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. Startup Europe is well aware of the CEE’s growth potential and, therefore, will commit itself 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. Startup Europe 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 CEE network through enhancing existing ecosystems, creating both solid connections within the region and synergies at a pan-European level, facilitating a smooth access to different sources of finance, and nurturing the entrepreneurship education and culture."

We gathered the greatest minds from the CEE 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
Director
Diana Rusu
Executive Director
Dimitar Vasilev Ivanov
Chairman of the Board of Management
Adela Zábražná
Executive Manager
Frane Šesnić
CEO
Matej Rus
CEO and Co-founder
Julia Krysztofiak-Szopa
President of the Board