Supported by Startup Europe – European Commission, SEN HGL is a community of national policy makers, programme leaders, officers of EU bodies and Member States (MSs) developed to catalyse government actions aimed at shaping a policy framework friendly for tech entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Under this idea, the forum also serves to connect with tech entrepreneurship community (startups/scaleups, investors, corporates/mid-caps, etc.) so that group members have first-hand information that can help then to define MSs actions in the area.

What is the idea behind SEN HGL?


Every day it is getting more and more apparent that tech entrepreneurs and startups are creating a lot of added value in Europe. This added value is not only money but also a lot of growth and jobs. Young companies power job creation, with enterprises five years or younger generating almost 50% of all new jobs according to OECD, and also contribute disproportionally to growth with just 6% of firms contributing 50% of growth.
For this reason, we are certain that MSs, through joint actions and working together at all levels, can make Europe a place to be for tech entrepreneurship.



What are our objectives?


Our main goal is to connect national policy makers, programme leaders, officers of EU bodies and Member States (MSs) to create awareness of best practices and to catalyse government actions through:

Mapping. Tech entrepreneurial ecosystems in Europe are becoming increasingly complex, with larger numbers of actors and layers. For this reason, policy makers need to have a clear picture of what the pan-European entrepreneurial landscape looks like. SEN HLG aims to develop a clear image so that policy-makers and programme leaders (both at national and EU level) can implement effective measures and policies.

Issues analysis. Many public administrations have entrepreneurship-enabling porgrammes and policies, however their results are not always as good as they might hope. For this reason, SEN HLG wants to promote a culture of trans-national and multi-layered debate to analyse key issues and to develop responsive actions and robust solutions.

Funding tools. With ecosystems mapped and main issues identified, the next step is to take common and tailored actions that foster entrepreneurship-friendly environments. SEN HLG has been created to provide an active forum where members can develop and implement effective funding tools that increase the flow of liquidity available for all actors of the pan-European ecosystem.

Serendipity acceleration. By gathering under a common umbrella, SEN HLG members are likely to stumble upon new and unexplored opportunities that will drive support for entrepreneurial actors. Such opportunities arise from the network’s open networking and win-win approach to sharing lessons learned and discussing problems that national public administrations face.



Who is behind SEN HGL?


Startup Olé Accelerator: Startup Olé Accelerator (SOA) has become a landmark in the European entrepreneurial ecosystem thanks to its broad experience in organizing major international tech events such as Startup Olé and by coordinating and actively participating in successful EU-funded projects (Welcome SEP).

SOA also leads other three Startup Europe Initiatives: Accelerator Assembly, SE University Network and SE LATAM Assembly, connecting accelerators, boosting talent and knowledge transfer between universities and innovation centres and building bridges between European and Latin American Ecosystems.

Such expertise has allowed SOA to develop a broad agenda of contacts (investors, startups/scaleups, corporates/mid-caps, public administrations, media and universities) that bring a high added value to SEN HGL.