SpeedUp! Europe: Call for Startup Mentors


ECN is involved in SpeedUp! Europe, an EC project aiming at accelerating “Future Internet” related business ideas, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises active in smart cities, clean tech and agri food, by providing coaching, office space (Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Hamburg) and €5.5 million for at least 100 startups in open application grants.

Mentors & coaches are an essential part of the SpeedUp! Europe program for  the value brought to the participating companies. The element of mentors & coaches will allow the participating companies to mature their idea with professional support and limit the execution risk of their project.

The ambition for SpeedUp! Europe is to bring together up to 150 mentors who cover the majority of the region as well as all expertises required to build a startup project including technical skills, business development skills and skills within topics like patents, legal, finance, marketing and sales.

Mentors are expected to work pro bono and out of the general interest in contributing to foster entrepreneurship as well as getting access and updates on a multitude of relevant and interesting startup projects


To be eligible for a mentor position within SpeedUp! Europe, you should possess one of the following skills and competences:

1) competences within the three focus areas of SpeedUp! Europe (AgriBusiness, SmartCities and Cleantech)

2) generic skills which are relevant for most startup projects (patents, marketing, sales, etc)

3) generic skills in regards to startup mentoring and business development

4) skills in regards to FIWARE technology.

Additionally, the majority of mentors should also be:

  • Experienced entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs
  • Experienced in providing mentorship to startup companies
  • Owners of a strong network of relevant people
  • Knowledgeable about the key concepts within SpeedUpEurope; primarily Lean Startup, Business Model Innovation and Prototyping.


If you  think you are the right candidate for a mentor position within SpeedUp! Europe, prove your case by submitting your application to this website: http://speedupeurope.eu/programs/5391854723b5ea05de000002


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