2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Accelerating Startups in Europe: What’s Different

Saturday, March 14
9:30AM - 10:30AM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon H
500 E 4th St

Europe has over 200 accelerator programs, the vast majority of which are corporate or government-backed. Since these programs where created in 2011 and 2012, they have yielded thousands of accelerated startups, a small but growing number of which emerge as global success stories. Despite comparatively low success rates and very modest investor returns, these programs have been instrumental in connecting the fragmented European startup communities into the wider global technology ecosystem. With leading US investors like USV, YCombinator, and 500 startups engaging more and more with European teams, this session will analyze the benefits and risks of working with and investing in accelerated startups from Europe, as well as discuss the opportunities for experienced US founders and operators to benefit from the European tech boom.


#sxsw #EUstartups


Elina Zheleva



Elina Zheleva is a Stanford-educated design thinking and user experience consultant and the producer of Runway, an events and investment community for air travel technology startups.

Max Gurvits


CCC Startups

Max Gurvits is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder of one of Europe’s largest accelerator programs (Eleven) and the managing partner of CCC Startups and Startup AddVenture, a community-focused seed f...

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