Europe’s leading start-up accelerator programmes form Accelerator Assembly

European Commission creates network claiming to strengthen support for online start-ups across Europe

A group of 20 start-up accelerator programmes have joined together to form a new network, Startup Europe’s Accelerator Academy where they will share their knowledge of the online start-up sector in order to develop and increase new web businesses across Europe.

Launched today by the European Commission, Startup Europe’s Accelerator Academy claims it will share ideas to develop start-ups via an online forum and will generate research on new and existing accelerator programmes in Europe.

Led by industry leaders including Seedcamp, TechStars, Startup Weekend and Microsoft, the Assembly will also hold a European conference next year to discuss key policies.

Typically offering entrepreneurs finance, workspace and advice in order to help them achieve rapid growth, the prevalence of accelerators  has increased rapidly in recent years with Seed BD claiming that there are now more than 34 programmes running across Europe, providing support to over 300 start-ups.

Carlos Espinal, partner at Seedcamp commented:

“The Accelerator Assembly will help to improve the networking between programs and share research and evidence on exactly what works and why, so that we can share best practises, improve transparency, and ultimately, create more successful and sustainable startups in Europe.”

Vice president of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes added:

“We are working on strengthening the environment for web entrepreneurs in Europe, and supporting accelerators to deliver high impact programmes is a key part of this.”

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