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“Any entrepreneur & innovator cannot be left behind wherever you are (cities, villages, remote areas...)”


Our EU values has been the seed to transform an idea and a dream proposed 20 years ago into a real bottom-up movement lead by the Global StartupCities initiative. We are very proud that Commissioner Gabriel, as our Honorific Global StartupCities Ambassador, officially launched the historic bottom-up #EiA - European innovation Area on November 25, 2020 at I Global StartupCities Summit. Moreover, the bottom-up #EiA is leading the long-term vision for rural areas with the Global-EU Campaign for RUral5.0 vision, published on September 9, officially launched by Vice-President Šuica on November 25, 2020 as well.

In the next years, the challenge to tackle is to link the bottom-up game-changer implementation with a top-down approach to design a coherent EU approach to support entrepreneurs and innovators as our global leaders to accelerate the economic recovery after a pandemic.


The Global StartupCities initiative is the innovator behind the pioneer bottom-up #EiA - European innovation Area coordinated by the Founder Arturo Villar. Moreover, the Global StartupCities initiative is the entrepreneur proposing the top 10 actions and their specific group of activities which have started on 01/01/2021. All the activities are listed in the points of our four priorities: Market, Young, Women, and Talent.

The bottom-up #EiA is a geo-economic movement to support global-EU entrepreneurs and innovators with the largest public-private Global-EU Consortium* for innovation impulse by LOCAL innovations ecosystemS from among others: cities, villages, and remote areas.

*We are proposing a new type of Global-EU Consortium which is not a legal framework for a funding project or a tender, it is just a committed group of stakeholders, as a big TEAM, supporting specific annual global-EU activities.

The bottom-up #EiA is open to world with innovations above TRL6 lead by entrepreneurs & innovators with special focus on: innovations outside big hubs, young, women, talent, and Widening countries.

Every year, around 4,000 to 5,000 new top entrepreneurs & innovators will join the bottom-up #EiA for interconnecting the global-EU innovation value chain. The bottom-up EiA's list** of 4k to 5k is done with a group of new top 100 entrepreneurs & innovators, as maximum, from each EU Member State and from other countries associated with the EU Horizon Europe programme.

**The EiA's list of top entrepreneurs & innovators will be updated with the new EIC beneficiaries with a maximum of 50 entrepreneurs & innovators coming from each country capital and/or other national big innovation hubs. In the cases where the EIC beneficiaries are not enough, the top 100 will be completed with SoE (Seal of Excellence) and/or entrepreneurs & innovators funded by national innovation programs.