How can we help European start-ups to expand beyond the borders of their country to grow worldwide? How can we build collaborations between start-ups?
The Soft Landing project, in which the IMT Starter incubator is involved, provides an opportunity for growing start-ups and SMEs to discover the ecosystems of various European incubators. The goal is to give them a helping hand so that they can develop their business on an international scale.
Soft Landing is the result of a collaboration with four European incubators: Startup Division in Lithuania, Crosspring Lab in the Netherlands, GTEC in Germany, F6S Network in the United Kingdom and IMT Starter, the incubator of Télécom SudParis, Institut Mines-Telecom Business School and ENSIIE in Evry, France. Within the scope of the project, each of these actors must first learn about the ecosystem of their partners’ start-ups and small businesses. In a second stage, start-ups who wish and feel the need to do so can temporarily move to an incubator abroad, for a limited time.
“Of course, Europe considers that each country is developing its own ecosystem of start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises, but each ecosystem is developing by itself, locally. The Soft Landing project, funded by Europe as part of the H2020 program, aims to solve this issue. The purpose is to encourage exchanges between the different ecosystems of start-ups and SMEs, and to give these companies a more global vision of the European market, beyond their borders.”
Business Manager of the IMT Starter Incubator