Code of Conduct

This document lays out what we expect from members of the European Startup Association.

The European Startup Association is a growing community devoted to explore innovative approaches to entrepreneurship as a way of life.
The founders, Adriano and Christine, know that the success of a start-up is not only dependent on investment but on your network, knowledge and your team. The community is based on 3Cs (culture, collaboration and creativity) – involving all stakeholders of a European start-up ecosystem: start-ups, investors, accelerators, incubators, public and private agencies, cities, co-working spaces and universities.
The Association’s mission is to create a cooperative, functional, border less European Startup Ecosystem to boost your international business opportunities, exceed the territorial limits and share knowledge and experiences. We all have to work together! We can maximize our impact on well-being and richness with kindness and collaboration!

Our values are:

Culture > Collaboration > Creativity > Entrepreneurship > Sustainability > Kindness > Inspiration > Happiness > Tolerance > Transparency > Honesty > Authenticity > Integrity > Making a difference > Passion > Commitment > Professionalism > Fun
Every member of the association brings value to it, and we want all members to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all members are expected to show respect and courtesy to other members.
As the European Startup Association is multicultural with people from around the globe with different cultures and behaviors.
We expect every member to care about differences, be respectful, friendly and open to meet new people. All you have to be aware of is that the different cultures also mean different methods of communicating. This might include more abrupt, shorter sentences, different ways ending a conversation and simpler sentence structure. Also, keep in mind that English is not the first language for a lot of the members.
The European Startup Association aims to connect people and you therefore will have to expect that people will connect with you online and at events.

What we believe in

  • respect / take care: we take care of ourselves, of others, of the environment, of the world; we take care of people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion
  • correctness: we are correct in carrying out our activities and behaviours with others
  • trust: we trust in the infinite potential of humanity and in the possibility of transforming problems into opportunities to build a better future
  • collaboration: we firmly believe that it takes at least two people to realize a project and that the collaboration between them is a source of inexhaustible knowledge
  • kindness: we practice kindness because we think that life is a wonderful adventure that can not be wasted in conflict and misunderstandings
  • joy: through joy individual and group dynamics strengthened and enhanced
  • diversity: the plurality of experiences and cultures is the richness and the added warmth of the creative communities that are transforming the world
  • sharing (win-win): we are not jealous of our knowledge and we make it available to the communities, whose growth guarantees the enhancement of all its members

What we expect from members

  • Don’t harass people. We do not tolerate harassment of members in any form.
What is harassment?
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, public shaming, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Harassment also includes public shaming, both as provocation and as retaliation; this Code of Conduct outlines ways of dealing with problems that may arise and these should be how problems are escalated.
  • Communicate appropriately. All communication should be appropriate for a kind community including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.
  • Stop immediately. Members asked to stop any harassing behavior, whether by other attendees or event staff, are expected to comply immediately.
  • Handle situations appropriately. Try to address problems immediately, directly, and tactfully.
  • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.
  • Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for European Startup Association.
  • Or else. Attendees violating these rules may be removed from the Association and any events related to it.
  • Professional behaviour at all times:
    • answer in a timely manner to communications such as emails etc.
    • attend meetings on time and in a focused manner
    • stick to timelines/deadlines
    • value and respect each other’s time and availability