Vilnius is officially the first Central-Eastern European (CEE) and Baltic State city to become a full member of the Startup City Alliance Europe (SCALE). Go Vilniusa�� membership application to the alliance submitted on behalf of the City of Vilnius was approved in a meeting with SCALE members in Kiev, Ukraine.
SCALE is developing a system that gives European startups easier access to different cities where they can develop and test ideas and products.
According to Go Vilnius Head Inga RomanovskienA�, being a part of the SCALE network will enable the city and its fast-growing startup community to make contacts with the most progressive startups in Europe and share ideas and innovations, as well as encourage the development of Vilniusa�� own knowledge economy.
a�?By working closely with our partners in the SCALE alliance, Vilnius will have a real opportunity to attract new conferences and professionals focused on startups and high-tech businesses, and put itself on the map as a new hotspot within the international meetings industry,a�? said Ms RomanovskienA�.
SCALE was established in Amsterdam and unites 19 European startup organisations operating in European cities such as Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, Lisbon, and Rome. The goal of the cooperation is to develop a transparent startup ecosystem that enables startups to reach new markets.
According to Bert van der Lingen a�� the Netherlandsa�� Ambassador to Lithuania a�� SCALE is a very important organisation that is contributing to the development of an integrated European city startup ecosystem enabling faster cooperation.
a�?There is already intensive co-operation between the startup communities in Vilnius and the Netherlands. Dutch accelerators and venture capitalists are active here and scale-up activities are already taking place. The Embassy team is very happy to have been able to help facilitate Vilniusa�� accession to SCALE, as it is likely to lead to more intertwining of the startup communities in the Netherlands and in Lithuania,a�? added Mr van der Lingen.a�?
One of the main goals of the SCALE alliance is to help develop a transparent European startup ecosystem that could help startups gain access to and develop in different countries, as well as to strengthen cooperation among European city municipalities, universities, enterprises, investors, and startups.