Presentation of the SCALE.CITIES Handbook

Photo: StartupCity Summit, Elodie Burrillon, Hucopix


Last Friday, on the 25th of May, another unforgettable edition of the StartupCity Summit attracted more than 200 city representatives from all over the world.

All our international guests had a chance to exchange valuable insights on city programmes for startups and scaleups, get insights on topics such as introducing emerging tech and female entrepreneurship and be present at the pre-launch of the SCALE.CITIES network.

One of the highlights of the day was the launch and presentation of the brand new SCALE.CITIES Handbook.

The Handbook was produced by StartupAmsterdam and StartupEurope. The main contributors are city officials and partners from twelve of the SCALE.CITIES partners who run the featured projects themselves and share their own insights, challenges encountered, and solutions that proved to be successful.

The content of the handbook has one major objective: to inspire public officials who hope to stimulate entrepreneurship in their local region/city and provide them with step-by-step guidance. Topics range from providing funding and launching events, to city incubator programmes and enabling policy change.

“There is a lot to learn from each other. The end goal is to help startups grow fast, scale globally, and make sure that our cities provide them with a strong ecosystem.” Santtu von Bruun, the city of Helsinki.

Each of the twelve cities in this handbook presents a local programme, project or initiative. All are in different phases or of varying calibres, with different goals and resources available, but they have one thing in common: the local governments play an important role.


Amsterdam features an article about the launch and management of a city incubator programme and mapping of its startup scene;
Antwerp‘s chapter is about activities to promote entrepreneurship among students;
Barcelona describes their initiative to promote the CleanTech sector;
Berlin tells us the story of their regional incubator programme for tech-related startups;
Helsinki offers insights into providing event services for startups and entrepreneurs;
Lisbon writes about their innovation hub and city rehabilitation;
Madrid showcases their initiatives to promote female entrepreneurship;
Milan features their incubator for social impact startups and elaborates on the importance of talent support;
Munich’s chapter describes how the city runs a startup info platform;
Porto‘s part is about funding and promoting events and actions for the startup and tech community;
Rome’s chapter is all about more traditional policy making and regulations necessary for a growing startup ecosystem;
Finally, the city of Vienna contributes a piece about running an open house startup city event.

So, take a look and get inspired!

Access the full version here.

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