The European Young Innovators Forum becomes a partner in MY-GATEWAY, a project started at the initiative of Startup Europe and that aims to boost the growth potential of CEE start-ups on a pan-European level .
MY-GATEWAY is a project that focuses on three CEE countries: Romania, Slovenia and the Czech Republic but it also aims to transfer the knowledge to other three Western Balkan countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
MY-GATEWAY first objective is to identify the main barriers and challenges the CEE start-up ecosystem face, like difficulties in securing the funds needed for growth, lack of solid connection with relevant networks, access to talent, administrative and taxation burdens, just to name a few.
For this project EYIF will be closely working with ten partners from across Europe: Europa Media from Hungary (the Project Coordinator), Startups.be, Bar-Ilan University (israel), Startup Ole Accelerator (Spain), Nova University of Lisbon (Portugal), Hugin and Munin Global (Spain), Spherik Accelerator (Romania), CzechInvest (the Czech Republic), IRP Venture Factory (Slovenia) and the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (United Kingdom).
The project will have four main areas of focus:
- Access to networks: delegations of start-ups from Romania, Slovenia and the Czech Republic will be brought to key startup events in Europe where we will facilitate matchmaking.
- Access to finance: besides creating opportunities for the startups to meet potential investors and funding suppliers they will also participate in workshops meant to provide the knowledge they need in order to increase their chances to secure funding
- Access to talent: new models and methodologies will be developed to create new academia-business communities where universities, researchers, start-ups and corporates improve their mutual understanding and move to a more entrepreneurial collective mindset.
- Capacity building: selected startups will obtain hands-on training on private and public funding opportunities across Europe, skills that are relevant to obtain and manage those funds, as well as the legal-business development know-how they need.
EYIF’s participation in this project is in line with the 2018 agenda which aims to connect young entrepreneurs and innovators around Europe and help them gain access to resources.