Where do I apply?
December 2019 update: Applications to Soft-Landing Missions are now completely closed! Soft-Landing run between 2018 and 2019, and no new open calls will be released in the future. If you are interested in this type of programmes, check the resources and opportunities on Startup Europe.
All applications were done on F6S. You can find more information about the open calls below:
Startups and scaleups: check the open calls on http://soft-landing.eu/for-startups/
Ecosystem builders: check the open calls on http://soft-landing.eu/for-ecosystem-builders/
Where can I find information about past Missions and their participants?
You can read all about the Soft-Landing Missions in our News section.
Make sure to connect with the SoftLanders in the Alumni section. You can find both startups and ecosystem builders from all over Europe who can guide you through your scaling up journey. Connect now!
What are ecosystem builders?
Ecosystem builders are individuals who contribute to strengthen and promote their startup ecosystem in various ways.
We are looking for the following profiles: mentors, investors (associate/partner), serial entrepreneurs and business angels, entrepreneurship opinion leaders and journalists, as well as representatives of incubators and accelerators.
Join a growing community of startup ecosystem builders from around the world!
Which are the Soft-Landing destinations?
Soft-Landing takes you on a Mission to 6 destinations inside and outside the EU.
Inside the EU, you can discover Berlin, Paris, Vilnius and the Netherlands.
Outside the EU, the possible destinations are currently United States.
Where can I find all details about the Missions (including dates and application deadlines)?
If you are a startup, find all the details of the open calls here: http://soft-landing.eu/for-startups/
If you are an ecosystem builder, find the details of the open calls here: http://soft-landing.eu/for-ecosystem-builders/
Is there any financial support available for travel and accommodation?
Yes! Both startups and ecosystems can have their travel and accommodation expenses reimbursed up to 400 EUR in the Missions inside the EU (Berlin, Paris, Vilnius, Zoetermeer), and up to 950 EUR in the Missions outside the EU (India and Silicon Valley). Participants have to keep proof of expenses and comply with the reimbursement procedures provided by the Soft-Landing team in order to be reimbursed. The funding available described above is per startup (not per team member).
Can I join a Mission in the country where I am based at (or my startup)?
No, this is not allowed. Soft-Landing is aimed at connecting different startup ecosystems and facilitating cross-border collaborations. Therefore, you cannot join a Mission where you or your startup are based.
If I do not get selected in an open call, can I apply again to another Mission?
Yes. Contact the team if you need support.
Are there any preliminary agendas for the Missions?
If you are a startup, you can download them here: http://soft-landing.eu/for-startups/
If you are an ecosystem builder, find the agendas of the Missions for ecosystem builder here: http://soft-landing.eu/for-ecosystem-builders/
Can I organise my own meetings/visits during the Mission?
As a Soft-Landing participant, you are expected to participate in the entire programme (from beginning to end). Missing any section(s) of the programme will disturb the smooth running of the activities and the group, and the travel expenses will not be reimbursed. If needed, please clarify the working/email hours with the person responsible for your Mission, before you sign up the contract.
If my startup/scaleup is selected for the Mission, can all the team members travel together?
The number of team members that are allowed to participate in the Mission is specified by the receiving ecosystem in the sample agenda – available for download here: http://soft-landing.eu/for-startups/
Note that the financial support for reimbursement of travel/accommodation expenses is only given to one individual representing the startup.
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