Does your startup need to access bigger markets? International investors? European partners?

WELCOME’s Europass initiative could be for you!

Startups awarded a Europass place are funded to attend 2 top European tech events such as Pioneers Festival in Vienna and Tech Open Air in Berlin.
These events are attended by key players from European startups ecosystems as well as other influential individuals, decision makers and stakeholders.
You will be accompanied to these events by WELCOME startups from other ecosystems as well as WELCOME partner staff. The aim of Europass is for you to connect with as many corporates, investors, mentors, customers and potential partners as possible to help you to grow your company.

Attending large events like these as a group also maximises the impact for your startup.
In 2015, WELCOME brought 16 startups from 4 countries to a variety of events:

The 2016 events will include:

Selection Process: startups will be invited to apply to an online competition via

Two competitions will be run in 2016 – one in April and another in August.

These competitions will be widely advertised across the 5 WELCOME ecosystems and applications from all ecosystems are encouraged.
Winners will be selected in each ecosystem based on their online entry form and either a phone interview or a face to face pitch.
Winning startups will be given a budget of €1,900 to attend 2 events. This budget will cover tickets, travel and subsistence.