Munich Startup: Start for Future - what exactly is behind it?
Klaus Sailer, Managing Director SCE: Start for Future (SFF) is an alliance and entrepreneurship hub that includes universities, startups, industry and public organizations and aims to drive systemic innovation in Europe. To do so, SFF connects regional ecosystems, such as Munich, Barcelona or Edinburgh, to then jointly support talent and startups, but also to enable co-creation and technology transfer between startups, companies, academia and civil society beyond their own ecosystem, for example through well-coordinated programs and activities.
We are convinced that by having many universities and ecosystems in Europe working together, we can think entrepreneurship further and also have a unique selling point when looking at China and America. To take these concerns to the next level, SFF has now officially established a new organizational form, namely a European Cooperative Society.
Munich Startup: Which organizations are part of this?
Pavlina Vujović, Head of International Projects SCE: There are already quite a number of colleges and universities and their associated incubators actively involved in the SFF Alliance, mostly from Europe, but also globally, as well as medium-sized and large companies, research and development centers, and public organizations representing regional ecosystems. More and more of these partners are now also becoming active members in the cooperative. EIT KICs, i.e. the industry-specific Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) are also already part of the cooperative, such as currently EIT Urban Mobility. As drivers and co-initiators from the Munich ecosystem, the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship and Munich University of Applied Sciences have been founding members from the beginning.