Stage is set for Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley 2017


For the third year running, EIT Digital and Mind the Bridge are co-organising Startup Europe comes to Silicon Valley (SEC2SV)—the premier programme for future European startup unicorns to engage with key US industry players.

This annual event brings together EU policy makers and 15 of the fastest growing European scaleups to meet Silicon Valley stakeholders during a highly interactive week of local presentations and meetings.

Taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area each September, the event provides a unique networking space for breakthrough European companies to explore sales, funding and collaboration opportunities. The two-way exchange provides European businesses with the contacts and insights they need to scale up on the other side of the Atlantic and at the same time keeps Silicon Valley abreast of the increasingly dynamic European startup ecosystem.
European scaleups can apply until May 31st. To be considered, scaleups must have had at least 10 employees three years ago as well as demonstrable growth of over 20% year-over-year in revenue, employees, or user-base. To find out more or to apply please see here.
Speaking about co-organising this event with Mind the Bridge, EIT Digital’s CEO Willem Jonker said:

“We’re delighted to be working with Mind the Bridge for the third year in a row to deliver what has become a focal point for the entrepreneurial communities across two continents. For us it’s about encouraging mobility – our job is to create the right opportunities to help European scaleups grow and break into new markets including the USA. There can be no better example for this purpose than SEC2SV.”
Zoltan Horvath, Director of EIT Digital Budapest and Dean of ELTE’s Faculty o Informatics says: „The Startup Europe comes to Silicon Valley” conference co-organised by EIT Digital and Mind the Bridge is a great opportunity for those Hungarian startups that would like to enter the overseas market with their products or services. EIT Digital’s pan-European ecosystem of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes have much more visibility due to their reputation and market size. Therefore Hungarian companies can surely gain more attention and visibility in front of US partners and investors by joining this world-leader European IT network. I would be delighted if there was also a Hungarian startup within the 15 EIT Digital supported startups that go to Silicon Valley.”

Last modified: April 28, 2017