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Startup Europe Week (SEW) is an initiative which aims to support entrepreneurs and startups at a local and regional level. The initiative is run by a small international team, and has the support of the European Commission. Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups. From helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks, European regions are key players. For this reason, Startup Europe Week events focus on showing entrepreneurs the support available to them in their local cities and regions.
SEW was launched in Brussels, on 6th February, at the Microsoft Innovation Center. The launch saw many interesting speakers talk about helping startups in Europe on a local and regional level, including: Vice-President of the European Commission, Andrus Ansip and Head of Startup Europe, Isidro Laso; and Founder of SEW, Igor Tasic.
In Liberec, we organized an event for SEW on 06.02.2017. We were particularly pleased to see a local entrepreneur who shared his story about building Eco Park and to hear plans of our region for supporting of start-ups for upcoming years. Overall, the #SEW17 hashtag achieved over 2 million impressions during the week. It was a brilliant week which saw some excellent events and we are already ready for #SEW18!