YTKO nominated by SpeedUp! Europe as Ambassador for the UK.

YTKO Group, one of the UK’s leading economic development and business support companies is pleased to announce their appointment as Ambassador for the UK for SpeedUp! Europe, a European Commission project for technology entrepreneurs.

The European Commission, with its key goal of achieving social and economic cohesion, finances a wide range of products, programmes and services to drive entrepreneurship and SME growth and productivity. This is mirrored in YTKO’s mission to enable the creation and growth of over 6,000 businesses by 2020.

Thanks to a brand new open source developer platform, FI-Ware, financed and developed by the European Commission, European startups now have the opportunity to leverage the power of big data, cross-sector collaboration and royalty free web app building blocks to create virtually any ‘next big thing’.

SpeedUp! Europe, an end-to-end support programme targeting entrepreneurs in the field of future internet and related products and services, are delivering Phase 3 of this project and have appointed YTKO as the UK Ambassador.

YTKO have proven success, and a thirty-year track record, in supporting technology entrepreneurship and business growth and are ideally placed as an Ambassador for this exciting project. Their award winning Outset programme is at the forefront of encouraging business creation in the UK with 3,200  businesses created since 2009.

Utilising YTKO’s proven expertise in programme promotion and dissemination, SpeedUp! Europe aim to attract thousands of web entrepreneurs, big and small, in every one of the 28 European States.

Olaf-Gerd Gemein, Director at SpeedUp! Europe said We are delighted to confirm YTKO as Ambassador for the UK for this interesting project. With their considerable experience in delivery and promotion as well as their proven track record in stimulating business growth, they were ideally placed to take up the UK Ambassador role. This is an exciting European project and we are looking forward to working with them”

In 2012, YTKO Group was awarded the prestigious Grand Jury Prize for inspiring enterprise at the 6th European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) for the achievements of Outset after winning the Enterprising Britain Award.

YTKO Group CEO, Bev Hurley says: “We have extensive experience in reaching and communicating with potential entrepreneurs. In less than a year we have engaged over 1,000 businesses promoting superfast broadband, as well as 16,144 potential new entrepreneurs through our Outset and NEA Programmes. Furthermore, with B2B marketing for technology companies being one of our core strengths, we are ideally suited to carry out this UK Ambassador’s role.  This is another exciting opportunity for YTKO to extend its support for entrepreneurial activity across Europe.” 


About SpeedUp! Europe

SpeedUP! Europe is a disruptive and ground-breaking, end-to-end acceleration and support program to foster entrepreneurial education, innovation and the ramp-up to financing, targeting entrepreneurs and SME’s in the field of future internet and related products and services. It covers the entire entrepreneurial journey from the idea’s inception, to prototype development and public/private funding.

The program is embedded in the European Commission’s Future Internet Public Private Partnership Program.  More information can be found at