Start for Future (SFF) was recognised in category "Talent & IP" and "Startup Programmes". The 8th edition of the annual Corporate Startup Stars Awards (CSS) ran alongside the inaugural edition of Startup Ecosystem Stars Awards (SES), which recognised Mariya Gabriel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, for her vision and unwavering commitment to fostering innovative ecosystems.
Microsoft was named overall winner of the Corporate Startup Stars Awardfor exceptional corporate-stratup-engagement during the official Awards ceremony hosted by ICC and Mind the Bridge.
SFF as it "highlights the creation of regional innovation hubs as a strategy to catalyse tech talent and startup creation across multiple European regions, underscoring the power of regional collaboration". All info about winners and nominees here.
The Startup Ecosystem Stars (SES) Award presented to Mariya Gabriel was given as part of broader recognition across four categories: "Startup Programs", "Industry Support", "Talent & Research" and "Investment Boost" comprising of 15 regions and cities.
The two Awards ceremonies took place in the presence of Carlos Santiso, Head of Division for Digital, Innovative, and Open Government at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and András G. Inotai, Head of the European Commission Unit on Innovation Policy and Access to Finance, DG Research and Innovation.