Scale your Startup in Europe

This Project aims to establish the Alps as an innovative hub on an international level. The project focuses on one of the most critical phases of the enterprise cycle: the scale up phase. The main goal of the SCALE(up)ALPS project is to foster the scaling up of Alpine Space (AS) startups and to brand the AS as a cooperative area for innovative businesses and job creation. The project is about improving funding opportunities, finding a talented and skilled workforce, developing leadership and facilitating access to international markets.


9.00-9.30 Coffee and registration

9.30-9.45 Welcome by Helmut Schönenberger, Co-founder and CEO of UnternehmerTUM

9.45-10.15 Keynote Phillip McCann, Urban Innovation Strategies

10.20 –11.15 ROUND TABLE(B1)

  • How can we scale up the Alpine Space? Using innovative forms of acceleration to innovate a Macro region

11.15-11.30 coffee break

11.30-11.50 Horizontal and vertical scaling of high growth firms – an empirical analysis from scaleups  in the -Alpine Space

11.50-13.00 ROUND TABLE (B2)

  • Start up to Scale up— a change of perspective (policies vs practices). How can the public leverage scale up effect?

13.00-14.15 Lunch

14.15-15.15 EU project Scale(up) Alps: a best practice for regional innovation development

15.15-16.00 Hands on scaling up business: SCALE UP ALPS pilots activitie

Timely Support

We help you in the growth phase so that you don’t need to leave Europe to ensure your sucess.

Connect Stakeholders

We create a community of stakeholders (policy makers, startups, supporters, established companies) interested in creating a scaleup hub in the Alpine Space.

Long-term Strategy

We will produce a long-term feasibility plan with high level recommendations on startup ecosystems’ growth and reducing fragmentation and increasing collaboration across disciplines & stakeholders.

Do you want to participate in the Scale (up) Alps Final Conference?


The Scale (up) Alps is still running, this means the results are not yet final. So far we have established the needs of the scale-ups in comparison with startups and we are trying out a pilot acceleration scheme specially tailored to their needs.


The project span is from November 2016 until July 2019. 


  1. connecting AS ecosystem policies & communities of practice;
  2. selecting policies that expand the quantity and the quality of AS serial entrepreneurs and fast-growing scalable ventures;
  3. producing a mid-level feasibility plan with high level recommendations on start-up ecosystems’ growth and reducing fragmentation and therefore increasing collaboration across disciplines & stakeholders;
  4. designing & testing innovative public-private support schemes, matching corporates and capital, attracting talent, opening up market access and improving innovation within the entrepreneurial life cycle.

You can find out more about the project here

Contact persons

Marisa Schneider

Coordinator International Cooperation
Entrepreneurial Network
+49 89-18 94 69-1454

Silvia Dell'Olio

Executive Director International Affairs
Entrepreneurial Network

+49 89-18 94 69-1412

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space Programme.

Total eligible costs: 1.676.003 EUR
ERDF grant:1.424.602 EUR
Project start date: 01/11/2016
Project end date: 30/04/2019

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