“Successful startup ecosystems are embedded in networks of founders and partners. Partners such as investors, accelerators, universities, companies, and public administrations.
Therefore, we need the support of all the stakeholders present here with us, in this important launch event of the Startup Village Forum.
And I would like to invite public and private organisations: from corporates to startups and foundations, to ‘pledge’ your support to the Startup Village initiative.
We have opened a section in the web site of this Forum where you can indicate the support you can provide. Your pledges can be financial but also in-kind, such as provision of co-working spaces, IT infrastructure or know-how, such as coaching or training.
I see this call for pledges as a main channel to gather commitment from public and especially from private organisations for Startup Villages. They will be important to build a real long-term vision for rural areas, anchored in the territories.”

Mariya Gabriel
European Commissioner for Innovation, Resears, Culture, Education and Youth.

“Today’s launch of the Start-up Village Forum is a new beginning for rural areas. It is a reflection of the importance that the Commission attaches to supporting rural areas, because it is in rural areas that the demographic transition is most visible. Through the Start-up Village Forum we want the best and brightest of Europe to remain in these and contribute to building prosperity as they grow their start-up companies to real long term drivers of our economy, all while using the natural potential of Europe’s rural areas.”

Dubravka Šuica
Vice-President for Demography and Democracy.

“Today, rural areas offer a wealth of opportunities to seize, as laid out in the long-term vision for rural areas. Fostering rural innovation should largely contribute to the green and digital transition, benefiting our rural communities, our farmers and society as a whole. The Start-up Village Forum plays an important role, by connecting start-ups, rural actors and public authorities to share knowledge and experiences. I look forward to this year’s discussions and upcoming editions.”

Januzs Wojciechowski
Commissioner for Agriculture.