EU Startup Monitor 2018 Report


The European Commission has adopted on 22 November 2016 an initiative to improve the economic and regulatory situation for startups and scaleups. With this research study we are practicing bottom-up evidence based policy making and inviting all European founders and managers of startups to make their voice heard and to actively contribute and shape the European Startup Ecosystem. The goal of the EU Startup Monitor is the collection and analysis of inputs to be able to act based on this monitoring of the startup environment, and the discovered country specific and common challenges of the startup and scaleup landscape.


We have closed the data collection for 2018. Thank you for the tremendous support from founders all over Europe. Feel free to reach out to the team for any questions or comments using our contact option at the bottom of this page.

The data for the EU Startup Monitor 2018 was collected from February-May 2018 with an online survey directly targeted at founders and C-level employees of start-ups, in cooperation with many practitioner supporters, start-up associations and a variety of ecosystem stakeholders. All EU Member States were encouraged to participate and sufficient data was generated for 18 countries, so that the results present a comprehensive overview of the current startup landscape.

The term ‘startup’ for this research has been defined as follows by:

  • age (younger than ten years)
  • innovation (in product or business model)
  • aim to scale (intention to grow the number of employees and/or markets operated in)


To address the project call, we aim at gaining detailed insights regarding the setting, status-quo, environment, visions, and hurdles of startups in the European Union. The empirical study concept is twofold and triangulates elements of both quantitative and qualitative research in a sequential design. The major strength of this holistic approach is to identify existing startup routines and to reveal their mindsets in a European context. Our methodology uses items taken from academical journals of excellence and well recognised scholars of various fields of research such as leadership, innovation and effectuation. If necessary for data clarification, a qualitative section will follow and post-hoc interviews are planned with designated experts such as the SME Envoy representatives.

To read the full methodology note please click here.


The EU Startup Monitor has been launched in Graz, Austria on November 21st, during the SME Assembly 2018 and presents comparable data for 21 startup ecosystems in Europe.

To read the full press statement or to download illustrations, please click here.