There are many acceleration programmes in Europe, but only a few show as much longevity as Fit 4 Start. 5 years, 10 editions, that is quite a long time in the ultra-fast world of #startups.
However, beyond this anniversary, Fit 4 Start stands out from two angles as clearly highlighted during last week's press conference.
Positioning Luxembourg abroad
So far, across the 10 editions, over 1,800 startups from more than 90 countries have applied to the acceleration programme. Over 100 startups - half of which come from abroad- will have soon been participating in the various support and coaching sessions.
For the 10th edition more specifically, 476 start-ups from 60 countries responded to the call for applications - which is another great achievement.
Helping startups to grow internationally
Altogether, the startups that have taken part in the first 9 editions of Fit 4 Start have raised, since their early-creation, over €15.2 million from private investors. Passbolt, LuxAI, Salonkee are just a few of the startups that graduated and have been significantly expanding internationally... And more success stories are being written as we speak.
Today Fit 4 Start is probably "one of the best hidden jewels among all acceleration programmes worldwide". All this thanks to the intensive work carried out jointly by the Ministry of the Economy and the Start-Up Services team Luxinnovation. This is a major and priceless asset which will remain part of the Fit 4 Start DNA.