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Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme grant facilitated by the European Commission. In September 2017, The Access2Europe proposal was won by 4 European consortium partners: CUBE, Pensinsula, French-German Chamber of Commerce, and Tehnopol.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme facilitated by the European Commission. In September 2017, the Access2Europe project submitted by the four European consortium partners CUBE, Pensinsula, the French-German Chamber of Commerce and Tehnopol was selected to receive a Horizon 2020 grant.

The project aims to focus on the basics of doing business: knowing the right people, shaking the right hands. It intents to tackle and important issue raised by  Ricardo Hausmann: “My theory is that inequality [between American and European startups] comes from differential connectedness.”  More specifically, the Access2Europe project seeks to create a close-knit support system to help startups streamline their market entry in other EU countries to push the one-stop-shop approach, which has proved the most needed across all the ecosystems.

The Access2Europe partners are among the most important players in the business environment of their respective countries. CUBE in Germany is partnering with Bayer AG, Volkswagen AG and Dell/EMC and matching corporates with startups. The French-German Chamber of Commerce based in Paris helps French companies establish business relationships with German heavy weights like Siemens, Telekom and Lufthansa. Peninsula in Barcelona is supporting entrepreneurs from the concept development phase to the private investment phase with partners with Google and Caixa Capital.  Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol Foundation (Tehnopol), the largest science and business park in the Baltics, is supporting more than 200 technology companies and partners such as Glaxo Smith Kline, Climate-KIC and Samsung.

The partners have drawn from their experience to develop the concept of this project: They have seen that through selected and curated relationships with the right stakeholders in each EU country, startups could avoid the major hurdles of market expansion, access new customers at an earlier stage and develop innovative products and business models.

Consortium Partners

Peninsula is a startup business incubator that specializes in the creation of projects that offer business processes as a service. Founded in 2011 in Silicon Valley, it now operates from Barcelona.

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Isabel Vázquez

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Alberto Ordieres

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Simón Lee

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Daniel Romero

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Connect Global is a Berlin-based global ecosystem dedicated to bridging the gap between top B2B startups and major industry leaders. With a deep understanding of startups and corporations and their vastly different cultures, Connect Global matches these unlikely partners through a network of touchpoints worldwide, and acts as the most efficient B2B matchmaking service available.

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Giorgio Barbato

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Andrea Rosen

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Torsten Oelke

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Laura Broo

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The Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol foundation is a science and business campus which aims to advance technology-based entrepreneurship in Estonia, bring scientists and entrepreneurs together and provide suitable services and a suitable environment for the realisation of breakthrough business ideas. Today, there are nearly 200 companies (from startups to Skype) operating on the Tehnopol campus, which is situated close to Tallinn University of Technology and the Estonian IT College. The physical environment of Tehnopol, our Startup Incubator specifically designed for new companies and business development services targeted at growth companies all create good conditions for the development of high value-added business.

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Martin Gorosko

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Triin Ilves

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The French-German Chamber of Commerce has been fostering business between France and Germany for over 60 years. Thanks to its network and members ranging from major industrial corporates to SME and startups, it is today a key platform of the French-German business landscape. Its staff, based in Paris and Berlin, provide customized advice and services to German and French companies of all sizes, supporting the successful establishment and expansion of their activities. In the last years, the Chamber has established itself as an important stakeholder of the French-German Innovation ecosystem, facilitating contact between young emerging companies and established players. In this context, it organizes Tech Tours, provides dedicated coaching to entrepreneurs and runs events connecting the French-German startup community.

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Friedemann Lotz

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Lucia Scharpf

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All services are free of charge thanks to EU funding*

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