StartUp Europe Awards

Project leaders Tove Ingerslev and Mikkel Fledelius Jensen along with Regional councillor Poul Erik Christensen receive the award for Best Public Administration at the StartUp Europe Awards in Brussels.

The StartUp Europe Awards recognizes the best European start-ups in 10 categories. The award for Best Administration for start-ups went to the Central Denmark Region, which co-finances Game Hub Scandinavia.

The StartUp Europe Awards initiative, promoted by the European Commission, supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions and implemented by the StartUp Europe Accelerator by Finnova Foundation, has for the first time recognised the best start-ups in Europe, in the so-called “Eurovision for start-ups”. The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, opened the final ceremony of the StartUp Europe Awards 2017, stating that: “We should cultivate good ideas and help them to grow. We need to invest more in digital technologies and create a genuine European single market where our young companies can develop”.

One of the awards of the night was the “Best Public Administration for the Startups”; a pioneering prize which aims to recognise the best programmes or public services supporting entrepreneurs and innovation in municipality, province and region categories.  The winner in the regional category is the Central Denmark Region; partner and co-financier of Game Hub Scandinavia. The award was presented by the first Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz.

The pebble that starts the avalanche

In their press release, the StartUp Europe Awards state that the Central Denmark Region has been recognized for “their effort in supporting entrepreneurship in their respective territories” with the Game Hub Scandinavia project.

The project is the successor of Scandinavian Game Developers, winner of the Regio Star Awards 2015 in the Smart Growth category. The project created 53 new companies and more than 200 jobs in the partnership. Besides, in Denmark alone, it attracted around 60 million DKK in external investments, as a municipal guarantee convinced a local building society and local developers, that the infrastructure around the incubator would be a worthwhile investment opportunity.

The Game Hub Scandinavia project has set an even more ambitious goal: from delivering actual change to becoming “the pebble that starts the avalanche”. One of the indicators of success in the project has been to create 398 new jobs, 100 new companies as well as establishing business and educational business relationships with China to open up the Chinese market to the game developers of the project incubators.

Visit the Central Denmark Region’s website to read the news in Danish.

About StartUp Europe Awards

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative that seeks to identify and recognise local models of success which become an example to other entrepreneurs, to the public administrations for developing custom-made programmes to stimulate its growth and to the investors for approaching local ecosystems.

StartUp Europe Awards is an initiative promoted by the European Commission and it is supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe.