Startup Lighthouse


Horizon 2020

Funding Scheme

IA – Innovation Action

Project Number


Starting Date

1 January 2018


24 Months


Startup Lighthouse

Lighting the way for European scale-ups

Project Description

Lighthouse set the standard on developing cross border connections within and beyond Europe. The project lit the way for startups within Europe by organising 8 Deep Dive Weeks in 4 ecosystems: Berlin, Dublin, Lisbon and the Baltics – meeting over 1600 different ecosystem players in specific themes such as fintech, refugee tech, e-gov, IoT, etc – and culminating with a Top 10 Lighthouse Award in London each year. Lighthouse supported directly over 120 startups to meet key people (investors, corporates, technological experts, media, customers, talent, etc.) in each of these ecosystems through matchmaking, 1-on-1 mentoring, workshops and many other activities.

ViLabs Contribution

We were the project coordinator and led the exploitation, dissemination and impact assessment activities, supporting the maximisation of the impact on the wider startup ecosystem and ensuring the significant transfer of knowledge to stakeholders and policymakers at the European level by leveraging the results of the Startup Europe Initiative.

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