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Sodexo joins Scale-up Europe to take action in strengthening the startup ecosystem in Europe

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Sodexo is proud to join forces with the Scale-Up Europe community to unify as one force to accelerate the rise of the tech ecosystem across Europe. 

The Scale-Up Europe initiative was launched in March 2021 to bring together Europe’s leading tech founders, investors, researchers, corporate leaders and government officials around the same goal: accelerate the rise of global tech leaders born in Europe, in the service of both progress and technological sovereignty.  Initiated by President Emmanuel Macron, it has focused on four key drivers: talent, investment, startup-corporate collaboration and deep tech.

Belen Mosocoso del Prado, Sodexo Chief Digital & Innovation Officer and Sodexo Ventures Board Member, has taken an active role in the initiative as co-sponsor leading the workstream on strengthening partnerships between startups and corporations.   

“We are proud to join forces with the political leaders, startups and European corporations to work as one force accelerate the rise of the tech ecosystem across Europe.  This is a unique opportunity to support and encourage innovation in Europe and support the journey of start-ups as they represent the economies of our countries tomorrow.”  Belen Moscoso del Prado,Sodexo Chief Digital & Innovation Officer and Sodexo Ventures Board Member.

After three months of consultations, 21 concrete and actionable recommendations have been identified in the Scale-Up Europe: How to Build Global Tech Leaders in Europe reportthat will be unveiled on June 16th at Vivatech.  Together, the tech community will define an actionable strategy and roadmap to be presented to European heads of state later this year on scaling the tech ecosystem to the next level.

Founded in 1966 with as a start-up catering company in Marseille, France, which now has grown to be a global leader in the service industry, Sodexo has a key role to play to strengthen the collaboration between large corporations and startups.  For Sodexo Ventures, this is embedded in our investment philosophy. We always combine our minority investment with a partnership agreement to drive shared value through collaboration.