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Connecting startup ecosystems and facilitating growth for European scaleups

Soft-Landing connects top startup ecosystems through numerous exchanges of ecosystem leaders, strengthening the knowledge of EU, US and India’s startup scene and building strong networks. It also provides soft-landing and scaling support to European startups in the target destinations.

CONNECTING STARTUP ECOSYSTEMS

Soft-Landing will connect the startup ecosystems of the consortium hubs (Lithuania-Vilnius, the Netherlands-Zoetremeer, Germany-Berlin, France-Paris) and United States, India and more, through Startup Ecosystem Discovery Missions gathering 200 participants and up to 50 Speaker/Mentor exchanges.

BUILDING CAPACITY TO SCALE

Soft-Landing will build capacity to scale in the consortium hub’s home ecosystems through increasing awareness on the destination startup ecosystems (the aforementioned 4 + US, India and potentially more) and providing practical know-how about the scaling conditions, process and support available in those ecosystems. Feedback events in the sending hubs following the missions will facilitate the transfer of knowledge and foster business scaling.

HELPING STARTUPS GROW

Soft-Landing will help 96 startups and scaleups scaling through high-value personalised 1-week programmes (with the possibility to extend up to 1 month) in Germany, France, Lithuania, The Netherlands and United States. They will have the opportunity to immerse in the destination ecosystem, make relevant connections and partnerships and participate in local events.

Questions?

Startups apply to the Soft-Landing stays on F6S: https://www.f6s.com/slsa/apply

Ecosystem Builders apply to the Discovery Missions on F6S: https://www.f6s.com/slb/apply

You can find all exact dates and deadlines in the Calendar, as well as at the end of the pages “For Ecosystem Builders” and “For Startups”.

Yes, you can apply again and choose another destination. Play close attention to the message received on F6S as you will be notified if your application is considered for the evaluation process of another ecosystem in case you are not selected in your first choice. 

Yes, you can. Please select the ecosystems that interest you in the application form.

If you are accepted, you can still apply again. If you wish to do so, please inform the Soft-Landing team directly.

Currently, possible destinations are New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in India and Silicon Valley in the US.

No, the reimbursement amount is the same regardless of the mission destination, except for if it is within or outside the EU: up to 700 Eur reimbursed within the EU, and up to 1200 Eur outside the EU.

Each Mission has its own agenda provided, you can download them from “For Ecosystem Builders” page.

No, the reimbursement amount is the same regardless of the mission destination, except for if it is within or outside the EU: up to 700 Eur reimbursed within the EU, and up to 1200 Eur outside the EU.

Each Mission has its own agenda provided, you can download them from “For Ecosystem Builders” page.

No, selected startups have to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Startups are encouraged to apply to Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, funded by the European Commission. This programme covers up to 1100 EUR / month for up to 6 months, which makes it an ideal complement to Soft-Landing as it enables startups to stay at the ecosystem for longer than one month.

The number of team members that are allowed to participate in the Soft-Landing is specified by the receiving ecosystem in the sample agenda – available for download in the “For startups” page.

Yes, you can download them in “For Startups” page.

Startups apply to the Missions for startups on F6S: https://www.f6s.com/slsa/apply

Ecosystem Builders apply to the Discovery Missions on F6S: https://www.f6s.com/slb/apply

You can find all exact dates and deadlines in the Calendar, as well as at the end of the pages “For Ecosystem Builders” and “For Startups”.

Yes, you can apply again and choose another destination. Play close attention to the message received on F6S as you will be notified if your application is considered for the evaluation process of another ecosystem in case you are not selected in your first choice. 

Yes, you can. Please select the ecosystems that interest you in the application form.

If you are accepted, you can still apply again. If you wish to do so, please inform the Soft-Landing team directly.

Currently, possible destinations are India and Silicon Valley in the US.
Each Mission has its own agenda provided, you can download them from “For Ecosystem Builders” page.
The number of team members that are allowed to participate in the Soft-Landing is specified by the receiving ecosystem in the sample agenda – available for download in the “For startups” page.
Yes, you can download them in “For Startups” page.

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Meet the Soft-Landing Team

Startup Division


Startup division is a leading startup support organisation in the Baltics. Through a variety of pan-European and global projects, Startup Division collaborates with numerous renowned accelerators, incubators, investors, business angels & venture capitals. We help startups to scale, expand globally and raise funds by providing expert mentorship, running world-wide entrepreneurship support projects, helping to access investors, top-notch accelerators & incubators, and providing soft-landing support.

Helped 1,000+ startups to develop their businesses, scale and attract financing

Raised €5M+ for entrepreneurship, startup support programmes and direct financing to startups

200+ mentor network with business professionals, serial entrepreneurs, investors & startup mentors

Provides easy access to Baltic and Eastern European markets


GTEC


The German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) is the first private-sector, open campus for entrepreneurship in Europe and it is connecting an international network of companies, universities, and startups along with the public. Under the triad of “Inspire, Guide, Grow”, GTEC promotes entrepreneurship on a global scale through a diverse set of offerings: from education programmes and innovation awards to meetups and workshops.

Connecting an international network of companies, universities, and startups along with the public

Worked with 4,000+ founders, managers & experts from international corporations and institutions to learn more about the startup mentality

Home to 50+ startups from over 10 countries who moved to Berlin to grow their company in the Lab or refine their ideas in the Startup Academy

Promotes entrepreneurship on a global scale through a diverse set of offerings: from education programmes and innovation awards to meetups and workshops


CrosspringLab


Crosspring is an inspiring place with like-minded people who have the ambition to start a successful business or want to extend their existing business in the areas of Internet, mobile applications, software and games. We invest early stage capital and have a network of investors who we form syndicates with. With our European network of tech hubs we make it easy for our portfolio companies to scale internationally.

Official certified Startup Visa facilitator

Long-term investors that have the knowledge to help companies scale-up from zero to millions of turnover

Supporting international growth potential through cooperation with international network of tech hubs

Extensive experience in the areas of Internet, mobile applications, software and games


IMT Starter


Incubator IMT STARTER by The Telecom SudParis and Telecom Business School Business is a structure that encourages the emergence of young ICT companies with excellent innovation, development and job creation potential. The Incubator draws on the skills of Telecom SudParis, Telecom Business School and ENSIIE, as well as on the expertise provided by sponsors and partners. Founded in 1999, the Incubator has accompanied 180 IT companies that have created more than 1,600 jobs.

1000 m² of office space in 2 different spots in the Paris Region

Provides 12 months of customized services from IT specialists, access to the Alumni Network and workshops in Silicon Valley

Incubator funding resources include Telecom Booster – up to €250k and MINES TELECOM Institute Foundation – up to €40k

Part of the French Tech Ticket – a program designed for entrepreneurs from all over the world who want to create their startups in France.


F6S


F6S Network is the largest social network for Startups in the World. With over 2,500,000 profiles for the Startup/ SME community and more than 980,000 Startups, it currently supports the majority of the Startup/ SME ecosystem through deal flow/ applications, jobs listings, free services, communication forms, technology transfer infrastructure & other areas.

Free Accounting + R&D Cash and Grants

$1 Million in Exclusive Alpha Benefits on your F6S Alpha Card. $783 Million in Free Benefits delivered

Apply to 10,000+ startup support programmes worldwide. 11,428 Startups funded with $3.36B.

Find a Job that matches you. 7,164 Jobs delivered to 162,174 F6Sers


Advisory Board


Soft-Landing Advisory Board


What is Startup Europe?

Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission, which falls under its priority of the ‘Digital Single Market’.

Map

The Startup Europe Map, a map which connects all startup players in the European ecosystems, is part of the movement

Connect

Connect startups, investors, accelerators, female entrepreneurs, corporates, universities and #EUTechWriters through array of networks

Startup Ecosystems

Connect local startup ecosystems by supporting regional initiatives such as Startup Europe Week or Startup Europe Regions Network

Soft-Landing

Help startups soft-land in other markets such as Silicon Valley, India, Africa and The United Arab Emirates

Celebrate

Celebrate entrepreneurs’ success (TechAllStars, Europioneeers & StartUp Europe Awards).


What are Startup Europe Ambassadors?

Throughout the years, Startup Europe (SE) has been a collective effort of hundreds of stakeholders, movers and doers in tech and startup field. The impact of this initiative could not have been possible without the immense support provided by this community. The community that is currently taking part in the growth of Startup Europe as a bottom-up movement have been invited to be Startup Europe Ambassadors.

Startup Europe Ambassadors represent a group of key influencers in the European startup ecosystems who actively support Startup Europe activities. With this movement we will democratise the access to Startup Europe, by making it open to our partners with the goal of offering them the power of improving the initiative.

Startup Europe Ambassadors are organisations that have been selected through the evaluation of proposals of European Commission’s Horizon 2020 ICT 32 call, as well as partners of Pilot project: Start This Up! and OpenMaker.

We’re proud to be Startup Europe Ambassadors!

What do Ambassadors do?

Actively contribute to the visibility of Startup Europe by acting as a key information point in their countries or by connecting the Startup Europe team with relevant stakeholders from their local startup field.

Gather feedback and provide innovative insight to the European Commission’s Startup Europe team with the objective of improving the activities of this initiative.

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