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Accelerate EU - Making Europe an Easy Place for Startups

european startup initiative

Friday, 14 March 2014 from 15:00 to 21:00 (CET)

Berlin, Germany

Accelerate EU - Making Europe an Easy Place for Startups

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Making Europe an Easy Place for Startups

Entrepreneurship enthusiasts, join us in Berlin to discuss the present and the future of EU entrepreneurship!


Why Attend?

  • Share your view on challenges and opportunities in the EU startup ecosystem
  • Make your contribution in generating new policy ideas to improve the status quo
  • Build your network with startuppers, accelerators, investors, and policymakers


Date: March 14th, 2014

Time: 15:00 – 21:00

Location: Allianz Forum Am Pariser Platz, Pariser Platz 6, 10117, Berlin, Germany

Details: see


14:45 - 15:00


15:00 - 15:15


15:15- 16:30









Round Table 1: The EU Startup Ecosystem Today

Open Discussion about experiences, challenges, and opportunities in the current EU startup ecosystem.

  1. What is your experience in being part of the EU startup ecosystem?
  2. What are the major challenges that startups face in the EU?
  3. How does culture impact entrepreneurship in the EU?

 Guest Speakers

  • Alex Berezovskiy (CEO of Leto and Initiator of the Startup Rally)
  • Chris Brown (The Consigliere of StartupWiseGuys)
  • Peter Kadas (CEO of TractionTribe)
  • Kay Mueller (CFO of Allianz Real Estate)
  • Sebastian Sieglerschmidt (CEO of Allianz Digital Accelerator)

16:30– 17:00


17:00 – 17:15

Video Connection with Isidro Ballesteros (Head of Startup Europe at EU Commission DG Connect)

17:15– 18:30

Round Table 2: How to Make Europe an Easy Place for Startups

Open Discussion about how to improve the EU startup ecosystem through more collaboration with the EU.

  1. What are viable strategies to improve the status quo of entrepreneurship in the EU?
  2. What is the role the EU should play to foster entrepreneurship?
  3. Can we create a more entrepreneurship-friendly culture in Europe?

Guest Speakers

  • Hélène Michel (President of Europe4StartUps)
  • Sandor Mohacsi (President of G20 YEA Germany)
  • JérômeRoche (Policy Officer at EU Commission DG Connect)
  • Luca Selva (Director at ThinkYoung)
  • Sascha Schubert (Co-Founder and CEO at Spendino)

18:30 – 18:45


18:45 – 21:00




This event has the objective of getting accelerators, entrepreneurs, investors and decision-makers, as well as all entrepreneurship enthusiasts, around a table to discuss new ideas for a more entrepreneurial Europe.

We will present findings from interviews with EU accelerators and a survey of EU entrepreneurs. We will have startups, accelerators, and investors sharing their experiences and views on entrepreneurship in Europe. This way we hope to stimulate thoughts on how to change the current state of EU entrepreneurship.

With this event, we hope to establish a sense of commonality across the EU startup community and initiate a game-changing long-run dialogue among all those who care about EU entrepreneurship. We feel this is the right moment to do that, given the proximity of the 2014 EU Parliamentary Elections.

Ultimately, the EU future depends on being a fertile breeding ground for entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation. Let us get started!

Do you have questions about Accelerate EU - Making Europe an Easy Place for Startups? Contact european startup initiative

When & Where

Allianz Forum Am Pariser Platz
6 Pariser Platz
Allianz Cultural Foundation
10117 Berlin

Friday, 14 March 2014 from 15:00 to 21:00 (CET)

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european startup initiative

The european startup initiative (esi – is a not-for-profit project with the objective of improving the state of entrepreneurship in the EU. Supported by the Allianz Cultural Foundation, the project aims to generate game-changing debate about how to make Europe an easy place for startups.

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