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Which challenges does the project CE Connector target?

 Startups are key drivers of innovation and guarantee the future prosperity of central Europe. Despite the availability of new financing schemes, there is still a financial gap between the “3Fs” (friends, family, and founders) and venture capital. One solution is enhanced cooperation between public providers who leverage investments and groups of business angels and startups.

Which objectives has the project CE Connector?

The CE-Connector project will increase the number of business angels and improve their investment competencies. 

It will build sustainable linkages among them and strengthen linkages with providers of public leverage, industry and also among the ecosystems of participating territories. Such ecosystems will facilitate and pilot investments in start-ups, which are relevant for two selected strategic segments of territorial smart specialisation strategies.

The new CE-Connector network will further enable transregional co-investment in start-ups and enable start-ups from other segments to seek funding from other territories.

What is the duration of the project? 

1. 4. 2019 - 31. 3. 2022

Which partners cooperate on CE Connector project?

CZECH REPUBLIC: DEX Innovation Centre + Innovation centre of the Usti Region

CROATIA: Optimization + Zagreb Innovation Centre Ltd. + Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments

HUNGARY: P-INVENT Consulting, Trading and Services Kft. + Széchenyi Venture Capital Fund Manager Ltd. + Hungarian Business Angel Network (HUNBAN)

SLOVENIA: Bogatin, market research and consulting company, Ltd. + Technology Park Ljubljana + Slovene Enterprise Fund + Business Angels of Slovenia + Government Office for Development and European Cohesion  policy

POLAND: Lodzkie Region + Centre for Support of Entrepreneurship „Connect“ Sp. LTD 

GERMANY: Automotive . Engineering . Network - The Mobility Cluster e.V. + City of Karlsruhe

BELGIUM: The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players

Where to find more information about the project?

www.interreg-central.eu/CE-Connector

Project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF)