The STARTUP3 Kick-Off Meeting took place on the 16th and 17th of January in Novi Sad, Serbia, where seven partners from five European countries gathered to discuss in person the project’s objectives, and future work and expected plans. The project is co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 871709.

The Coordinator of the project, Pole SCS, together with InoSens chose a connecting and creative approach to the meeting structure – both days were filled with brainstorming exercises, cooperative discussions, and sharing personal impressions on relevant issues.

Driven by real market needs, the STARTUP3 project builds and facilitates an open and collaborative ecosystem for high impact deep-tech innovators and corporates and acts as a cross-border/sectoral market-maker.

STARTUP3 business and growth programme aims to build an ecosystem where cluster SMEs, technology SMEs, market-oriented researchers, deep-tech ventures, individual innovators/researchers with innovative ideas will be given an opportunity to bring their idea into an industry. The target audience will be guided by experts from digital clusters and Digital Innovation Hubs who will support them and connect them with big players, as well as select the most promising ones.

In addition to business acceleration support, the STARTUP3 programme will include a series of events, innovation challenges and business missions committed to startup and SME communities across Europe.

The Consortium has seven partners: Secured Communicating Solutions Cluster (Pole – SCS) and Hola – UP Startup Studio from France, AGENSO, National Documentation Centre from Greece, ITC – Innovation Technology Cluster from Slovenia, Latvian IT Cluster from Latvia and InoSens from Serbia.

Therefore, stay tuned and follow the news on our website and social media to learn more about STARTUP3 and its initial steps for successful set-up and implementation of the Acceleration programme in Europe.