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Uncategorized September 22, 2020 Why data localisation is not an ingredient for economic growth

The European Union should not undercut its initiatives to ignite startup-fueled post-COVID-19 economic growth with costly and ineffective data localisation measures. When Commissioner Breton argues that “European data should be stored and processed in Europe”, this could pose significant damage to startup ecosystems and undermine much of the positive impact of recent free flow of …

DTX Latest News Startups September 17, 2020 Telemedicine in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges

The telemedicine sector has experienced a major shift in the last months. The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures have caused a sharp increase in demand for online consultations and telehealth solutions. However, multiple barriers need to be addressed to support sustainable adoption of telemedicine across Europe. Lack of legal frameworks providing clear rules and facilitating …

Covid 19 Policy Talent September 11, 2020 Landmark post-COVID-19 Digital Policies: The EU Startup Nations Standard

On Wednesday, our Director EU policy, Benedikt Blomeyer moderated a panel at the Virtual Ideas Festival about the Startup Nations Standard (SNS). Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit at DG Connect, Dominic Jacquesson Vice-President Talent at Index Ventures and Liz McCarthy CEO from Scale Ireland joined us to do discuss the potential of the SNS for …

Policy Uncategorized September 3, 2020 What is the EU Startup Nation Standard and how can it boost economic growth?

In March of 2020, as part of the EU’s new industrial strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe, the European Commission announced the EU Startup Nation Standard. At Allied for Startups we are thrilled that the Commission had listened to startup communities calls to make startups central to EU policy making.  While we …

platforms September 1, 2020 The potential of gig workers for the economic recovery

COVID-19’s accelerating impact on the digital transition provides an opportunity to assess the potential and direction of gig workers for the economic recovery.   The COVID-19 pandemic is having a stimulating impact on the platform economy. It has challenged the way we work and live. Some sectors, such as edtech and the so-called gig economy, grew …

Startups August 21, 2020 Celebrating entrepreneurs: innovation powers our societies 

Happy World Entrepreneur Day! Every 21st of August the world celebrates innovation and the empowerment of entrepreneurs across the world as well as the advancements they have brought to our societies. At Allied for Startups we also want to celebrate this important day by shedding light into to the important work and value that entrepreneurship …

Policy August 13, 2020 The key question for the COVID-19 recovery: Will this legislation make the EU more or less attractive for startups?

When starting up, an entrepreneur looks for a location that maximises his/her chance of success. This choice includes taking into account variables such as access to talent, finance, bureaucracy, size of market, and regulation. For a founder it is a complicated calculation which is constantly being updated. And it seems as if policy makers have …

DTX Startups August 6, 2020 Telemedicine startups in Europe catapulted into the future

Update: Our report on telemedicine in Europe and interviews with telemedicine startup entrepreneurs are available here. When the COVID-19 outbreak hit, patients and doctors suddenly found themselves facing a new reality. Healthcare systems and clinicians were overwhelmed and visiting health facilities involved an increased risk of virus transmission. In many countries, physical consultations and examinations were …

Startups July 29, 2020 Startup innovation at the service of the silver generation

Nearly one fifth (19%) of the EU population is aged 65 and over. This proportion is growing: according to the United Nations, by 2050, one in four people living in Europe and Northern America will be in this age group. Moreover, 32.1% of seniors in the EU live alone. As the global population is ageing …

Data Policy July 29, 2020 Transatlantic Data Flows: So what are the options for startups?

Following the European Court of Justice’s landmark ruling on Privacy Shield, startup communities must strike one important mechanism off the list of avenues for transatlantic data transfers. It begs the question: why does this matter and what other mechanisms do startups have at their disposal? Data adequacy is granted by the European Commission if another …

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