Code of Conduct

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

The European Startup Festival is an event for networking, learning, and collaboration amongst investors, founders, institutions, startups and advisors in the startups and entrepreneurship field. Every member of the community brings value to the event, and we want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees.

As the European Startup Festival is a multicultural event with people from around the globe, we would like to point out that not only the people are from around the globe but so is the culture and behavior.

We expect every participant to be respectful, friendly and open to meet new people. The European Startup Festival aims to connect people and you therefore will have to expect that people will come up to you to talk to you. 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 participants. You will also hear other languages in conversations even though the festival is held in English.

Our values:

  • 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 attendees, speakers, volunteers and other stakeholders

  • Don’t harass people. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.
    Partners, exhibitors and sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material.
    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. Participants 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 Festival.
  • Or else. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference at the sole discretion of the conference organizers.