The project Atalanta supports groups of leading accelerators for delivering cross border services to innovative SMEs and entrepreneurs and links these groups with knowledge creators and education organizations (i.e. mentors, trainers, service providers and partners) on one side and to investors (i.e. business angels, venture capital firms) and the business world (i.e. potential clients, partners and suppliers) on the other.
The objective of this project is to drive innovation, facilitate technology transfer and to support entrepreneurship on a transnational European level to contribute to the exploitation of more innovative products and services coming from European R&D projects and to support the creation of more successful ICT start-ups in Europe.
As a part of Atlanta initiative, the Startup Exchange program unifies a number of startup accelerators and allows alumni companies from these collaborating accelerators to spend some time in different accelerator program in Atlanta network.
So what is Startup Exchange all about?
The Atlanta Startup Exchange program is part of a wider European project which involves the sharing of knowledge and resources of 7 key partners: Beta-I (Lisbon), NUMA (Paris), TetuanValley (Madrid), H-Farm (Venice), Balkan Unlimited (Skopje), Europe Unlimited (Brussels), and F6S (London). It is a program that delivers new market access, opportunities and resources to startups by bridging the following accelerators across Europe:
Upon participation the program allows alumni companies from the above mentioned accelerators to spend some time in a different accelerator program in ATALANTA network. This benefits the company:
- Discovering the local ecosystem
- Explore new Business & Market opportunities in Europe
- Be challenged by more, international mentors
- Cultural diversity between entrepreneurs
- Expanding connection network