Making Europe the new Global Powerhouse for startups.

Connecting EU tech startup communities with their diaspora and with each other.

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Providing the platform to 10.000 startups.
Supporting 20.000 EU founders go global.

What is European Startup Universe?

European Startup Universe is the biggest project for EU tech startups, in collaboration with Founderhood, connecting thousands of early-stage startups with the best minds of the EU tech community - unicorn founders, known investors, and experts.

Our ambitious goal

Our goal is to support and connect 10.000 early-stage startups across the EU - run by EU founders from around the globe - with the brightest minds of the EU diaspora, late-stage founders, angel investors, corporates, and experts through massive 6-week online national programs open for every EU founder. We want to give access to opportunities for funding, expansion across EU countries, and opportunities to find new clients to grow revenues.

How is ESU going to achieve this?

By bringing together European countries to join forces and launch 6-week online national programs. Every participating EU country will launch a program suitable for their nation. All 6-week programs will take place simultaneously on the Founderhood platform, in March-April 2022.

Who supports this whole initiative?

The non-profit initiative of the European Startup Universe is under the patronage of the European Committee of the Regions, and Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth.

If you are a startup founder find more info in your local programs:

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Become an ambassador

If you have a large audience (more than 10.000 followers in any social media) interested in innovation and startups, then we would love to have you with us.

Meet our amazing organizers.

Athina Kaltsiki


Athina Kaltsiki - Greece
Saša Lamza


Saša Lamza - Croatia
Panis Pieri


Panis Pieri - Cyprus
Balázs Horváth


Balázs Horváth - Hungary
Steve Glange


Steve Glange - Luxembourg
Cristiana Bogățeanu


Cristiana Bogățeanu - Romania
Jan Skok


Jan Skok - Slovenia
Juan Perez Torralbo


Juan Perez Torralbo - Spain
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Are you an early-stage EU tech startup founder?

Join your country’s online 6-week program, and grab the opportunity to scale your business.

Registrations are open in mid-January ➱
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Are you interested in investing in EU tech startups?

You are at the right place! Thousands of promising early-stage EU tech startups are looking forward to meeting you.

Join ESU as an investor ➱
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Do you want to support the EU tech ecosystem?

Let’s create a massive network of opportunities for everyone and make the EU tech ecosystem grow.

Support EU founders ➱

Meet our Patron

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Mariya Gabriel

European Commissioner
for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

Meet our ambassadors

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Fabrizio Porrino

Senior Independent Expert Advisor for EU, Tech, Startups, Innovation, and Investment

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Alex Farcet

Impact innovation, co-founder of Rainmaking & Startupbootcamp

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Alar Kolk

President European Innovation Academy

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Eva Kaili

Vice President of the European Parliament, MEP | Chair Science Technology & C4AI, STOA

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Karim Amellal

Interministerial Delegate for the Mediterranean at Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Who can participate in an ESU program?
What is the cost to participate in an ESU program?
What is the duration of the national programs, and where will they be hosted?
Is it possible for late-stage startups (growth-expansion-exit) to participate in the program?
What if I am an EU founder but cannot find my country's program to attend?
How many founders/tech startups can participate from each country? Is there a selection process?
What if I am interested in joining, but I am not from the EU?