SERN was officially launched in Brussels in October 2015 as a non for profit organisation, backed by a number of relevant regions in Europe in terms of startup support, including Baden-Wurttemberg, Lisbon, Nice/Cotê d’Azur, Emilia-Romagna, Extremadura, North of Portugal (INOVA+)and others.
The purpose of the SERN is to:
- Reinforce the links between regional authorities, development agencies, universities and associations who build and scale up the startup ecosystems at regional level in Europe;
- Provide an annual overview of on the measures taken by the regions for supporting startups, highlighting best practices and showing cases studies;
- Engage with the European institutions, local authorities and relevant stakeholders to ensure the success of this initiative.