Rise Europe unites leading start-up ecosystem builders from 14 European countries. We empower European start-ups to make a positive global impact.

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Scale-Up Start-up Guide

Rise Europe brings together outstanding individuals and innovation drivers of Europe’s most dynamic entrepreneurship hubs.

Addressing transitions and global challenges such as climate crisis and scarcity of resources demand a joint effort to support start-ups to create a safe, prosperous and future-oriented society.

The Rise Europe members are committed to combine their strengths to jointly accelerate start-up teams, thus contributing to European technological sovereignty. The ambition is to match the innovativeness of countries like USA and China by helping European start-ups to scale and become sustainable global market leaders.

We come together once a year

The next Rise Europe Summit will take place in Madrid in April 2024.

Established in Elmau 2023

Rise Europe was formed at Schloss Elmau in May 2023.

European countries

Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

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Prof. Dr. Helmut Schönen­berger Founder and CEO of UnternehmerTUM says: With Rise Europe, Europe has a new impulse generator that will contribute to overcome global challenges and shape a transnational understanding of the importance of sustainable entrepreneurship. In everything we do, we want to put people and Europe's values at the center.

I am very pleased to be able to work so closely together with our friends and dedicated colleagues as part of Rise Europe.

Who we are
Alexander Ilic

Alexander Ilic

Co-Founder & Executive Director

ETH AI Center

Ben Mumby Croft

Ben Mumby-Croft

Director of Entrepreneurship

Imperial Enterprise Lab at Imperial College London

Bruno Martinaud

Bruno Martinaud

Responsable Académique Entrepreneuriat

École Polytechnique

Diyala D Aveni

Diyala D’Aveni

Head of Investments & Venture Building


Erik Puura

Erik Puura

Vice Rector for Entrepreneurship


Helmut Schonenberger

Helmut Schönenberger

Founder & CEO


Ikhlaq Sidhu

Ikhlaq Sidhu

Dean of IE School of Technology

IE University

Irene Fialka

Irene Fialka



John Bell

John Bell



Kalle Airo

Kalle Airo

Head of Entrepreneurial Mindset

Aalto University

Ken Finnegan

Ken Finnegan


Tangent at Trinity College Dublin

Leah Thompson

Leah Thompson

Entrepreneurship Hub Lead

University of Oxford - EnSpire Oxford

Lisa Ericsson

Lisa Ericsson

Head of & CEO

KTH Innovation & KTH Holding AB

Michael Hahnle

Michael Hähnle

Managing Director AplusB SCALEup & Investment


Oliver Hanisch

Oliver Hanisch


Campus Founders

Par Hedberg

Pär Hedberg

Founder & Business Coach


Ricardo Marvao

Ricardo Marvão



Sven Illing

Sven Illing

Fmr. Vice Rector Entrepreneurship


Tomas Brenner

Tomas Brenner

Head of Venture Programs & Strategies

ETH Zürich I ETH transfer

Program Committee
Stefan Drussler

Stefan Drüssler

Managing Director and COO


UTUM Marisa Schneider

Marisa Schneider

Manager International Partnerships


Mikkel Sorensen

Mikkel Sørensen

Managing Director

DTU Skylab

Jean Michel Dalle

Jean-Michel Dalle

Managing Director


Dtu skylab
Aalto university
Beta i
Campus founders
Eth ai center
Eth zuerich
High tech xl
Ie university
Imperial enterprise lab
Tal tech
Trinity college dublin
X ecole polytechnique
Our 5 operating principles

Trust and amplify.

We will work together for the benefit of all. Collaboration and co-creation are our default settings.

European and proud.

We will embrace Europe's values, diversity, and heritage. This is our strength, not a weakness. We will celebrate it.

Bottom-up > Top down.

We will empower individuals across academia, entrepreneurship centres, and industry to drive local and regional impact.

Think different.

We will encourage diverse ideas and stakeholders to promote continuous learning, push boundaries and build a world-class innovation ecosystem.

Beyond borders.

We will foster scaling and internationalization, leveraging the expertise and reach of our networks.

European Start-up Landscape

Rise Europe has nominated their most significant start-ups of the year that stand out for their growth potential and positive impact on the environment and society.

  • 20


  • 14


  • 38.000

    reached talents in 2022

  • € 7.8 BN

    VC funding in 2022

  • 3.200

    supported start-ups in 2022

  • ± 10%

    of all European tech investments

Rise Europe start up landscape updated
European Scale-Up Navigator
A guide for start-ups on how to become Europe’s next tech champions

by Rise Europe and with analytical support from McKinsey & Company

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