EU Start-up Europe Summit 2019 will kick off tomorrow

The Start-up Europe Summit 2019 will start tomorrow in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) bringing together leading tech stakeholders and EU policymakers to discuss the future of an innovative Europe.

As follow-up of last year signature of the JointDeclaration Reinforcing the Central and Eastern European and Western Balkans Technological Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, this year’s edition will focus on unlocking the potential of evolving start-up systems. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said “Start-ups are thriving everywhere in Europe nowadays, reminding us how important they are for the economic growth of our countries. We need to continue to be active and learn from good practices and from the challenges. This is the objective of the Summit – to discuss how to create the right conditions for start-ups to flourish in Europe and to show the potential of the Central and Eastern European region and of the Western Balkans.” During the event, Commissioner Gabriel will also present the award to the winner of the Horizon prize for zero power water monitoring. The prize worth EUR 2 million, funded by Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme, will be awarded to the most innovative proposals for maximising energy efficiency in smart sensors used in water resources management. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation added: “There is so much untapped potential on the European start-up scene and this Horizon prize is a good example of how we help our talented innovators turn big dreams into successful businesses. With such prizes and the European Innovation Council going ahead with a EUR 2 billion pilot for disruptive and breakthrough innovators over the next couple of years, we are ready to help European entrepreneurs take it to the next level!”