There are many reasons why a working business and startup eco-system should be fostered: Innovation, Research, Stronger Markets, better Market Competition, better defense vs. competitors, etc. etc.
And the beauty is that there are no negative effects of a working eco-system!
The main issues we are adressing though are awareness and information flow. Not only does the so speaking right hand in the Alps region not know what the left hand is up to, but often the right hand doesn`t even know that there is a left hand at all!
This goes for all actors: Startups don't find Mentors and Investors, Investors don`t find suitable Startups, Companies miss out on opportunities and don't find the right Support Providers, Universities struggle to connect to Companies and Reasearch Organisations often have a hard time to find a suitable market just to name a few.
The existing eco-system we map looks like this: