ESN unifies national startup associations to create a common voice for European startups so that more can start, scale, and succeed in Europe.
ESN was established in September of 2016. Since then it has grown from a handful of national associations to covering almost all of Europe, at 38 organizations in our network, plus countless partners with whom we work to complement internal expertise. The Network helps startups to scale, represent them to European policymakers, and connects them to corporates and investors, among other activities.
ESN is composed of 38 national startup associations from across Europe. We work with our members on joint projects including international soft-landing missions for start-ups, pan-European policy manifestos, and best practice sharing for running national networks, among other activities.
The Network works with entrepreneurs, startups, and scaleups on finding funding, connecting with corporates, meeting with investors, attending events—ensuring they have access to all relevant paths to scale.
The Network influences policy by producing high-impact papers, serving on expert committees, and lobbying before regulators on behalf of startups, scaleups, and entrepreneurs.
Alongside our partners, The Network provides pan-European scouting services to corporations looking to innovate with startups and scaleups, as well as tailored open innovation workshops and corporate entrepreneurship toolkits.
Source: European Startup Network, 2023