A new initiative to disrupt the South European innovation ecosystem

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In July 2022, the consortium of S3E – Southern European Entrepreneurship Engine was pleased to announce, during the “HiTech Closing Session” in Lisbon, the launch of an ambitious joint initiative selected and granted by the European Commission as part of the European Innovation Ecosystems – Horizon Europe Programme.


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During its 30-month run, 4 partners from Portugal, Greece, Ireland and Spain will join forces to make S3E a reality and develop an engine of growth that will improve the connectedness and efficiency of the entrepreneurship ecosystems in Southern European countries. The focus is on the acceleration of start-ups and SMEs working on Deep Tech solutions that can provide long-term sustainability through social development and economic growth in these countries.


S3E is here to shatter the North-South divide and shift the state of play: this new engine will unlock the untapped innovation potential of Southern European Deep Tech, targeting scientific and technical excellence in the fields of agricultural, life and physical sciences, engineering and technology.

The program is built around 3 tracks of bespoke services tailored to start-ups’ varying levels of maturity (i.e. early, growth, and scaling stages). Participants in the program will be selected through Open Calls: S3E will support 150+ Deep Tech ventures throughout its complete run, so stay tuned for the launch of the very first Open Call, on October 31st!

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