SCEP is a new pan-European network of cities with the goal of fostering the development of interconnected startup strategies at local level. The mission of SCEP is to connect medium-size European entrepreneurial cities and support them in becoming StartupCities. Europe ecosystems are characterized by a strong concentration of scaleups around one city (or, less frequently, two cities) per country, typically the capital. SCEP aims at building alternative hubs by leveraging the skills and economic potential that are scattered across Europe. SCEP is an initiative organized by Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) with the support of the European Commission aimed at bringing together the most active EU StartupCities with three main goals: o Provide Benchmarking supported by: Data (reports), Peer Sharing and sharing of Best Practices. o Create and maintain relationships between the most active Startup Cities and the European Commission. o Provide Support to local governments interested in developing a startup strategy.