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DSA 4 Startups March 27, 2020 The Digital Services Act: An opportunity for startups and users

Preventing the dissemination of illegal content online has been high on the agenda of the European Commission and European Member States. The Hate Speech laws in France or the NetzDG in Germany are two examples that show it is time for Europe to implement a harmonised intermediary liability regime.  The upcoming Digital Services Act will …

Covid 19 Policy Press Release March 23, 2020 PRESS RELEASE: Governments should support startups in the covid-19 economic downturn

[Brussels, 23 March 2020, contact: ines@alliedforstartups.org] Allied for Startups encourages governments and international organisations to take measures to support startups in the ensuing coronavirus economic downturn. The health and safety of citizens during these difficult times should be the priority of governments and startups.  Looking into the future, an economic downturn is foreseeable. Startups have …

Tax March 19, 2020 Why the WTO moratorium on customs duties on electronic transmissions matters for startups

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) members passed a moratorium on customs duties on electronic transmissions in 1998. Over the years, the moratorium has ensured a flourishing and interconnected digital economy in which startups have been and remain the main characters. The moratorium is usually renewed every 2 years at the WTO Ministerial Conference. Unfortunately, in …

Policy March 17, 2020 The Do’s and Don’ts of Policies for Startups

We’re sharing some of our hacks on getting policies for startups right.  At Allied for Startups, we work hard every day to make a positive impact for startups. In pursuit of this mission we see a lot of good ideas and false friends. We think that sharing them can lead to better versions in the …

Covid 19 DTX March 12, 2020 Digital health startups vs. COVID-19 

Digital health startups vs. COVID-19  The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives and livelihood of everyone around the world in every possible way. Individuals, organisations and governments are reinventing the dynamics of everyday life to stay safe, healthy and afloat. This is especially true for startups who are the most flexible and adaptable economic players …

Policy Press Release March 10, 2020 Press Release: Allied for Startups encourages a stronger focus on startups for the European Commission’s SME and Industrial Strategies

[Brussels, 10 March 2020, contact: manon@alliedforstartups.org] Allied for Startups welcomes the “SME strategy for a sustainable and digital Europe”, which includes the Startup Nations Standard, and encourages a strong focus on startups as independent actors in its implementation.  “The talent-focus of the proposed Startup Nation Standard has significant potential for startup ecosystems, since access to …

Competition Startups February 28, 2020 Why Startups can’t succeed without Acquisitions

Acquisitions are a crucial metric of thriving startup ecosystems that deserve more recognition. In a successful exit there are many winners. Acquisitions have immediate positive effects for a given startup and entrepreneurs. But it is the broader economic perspective that underlines why having more acquisitions pays dividends for society, the economy and innovation-at-large. Current policy …

Artificial Intelligence February 27, 2020 What AI Startup Entrepreneurs think about the EU AI Whitepaper 

With ground-breaking rules on AI on the table in the EU, Allied for Startups brings trailblazing AI startup entrepreneurs to the European Parliament to share their ideas and ambitions with policy makers. Stine co-founded Radiobotics to build machine learning algorithms that support radiologists. Lars co-founded Corti.ai to help medical professionals diagnose illnesses in emergency calls. …

Data Policy Press Release February 19, 2020 Allied For Startups welcomes the debate on the new Digital Strategy from the European Commission  

[Brussels, 19 February 2020] Allied for Startups welcomes that the European Commission is starting the debate on a comprehensive approach to digital policy with the release of a European digital strategy, a European strategy on data and an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Whitepaper. Digital Strategy “After the Digital Single Market Strategy, the Digital Strategy provides the …

Policy Startups February 17, 2020 Case in point: Why Startups and policy makers sit at the table

Startup entrepreneurs are multi-taskers, dividing their time be tween sales, management, HR, finance and many other priorities. Unless there is a specific pain point, regulatory questions often do not count to the imminent concerns of a startup entrepreneur. Added to that, 9/10 startups don’t make it to their 5th birthday, which makes building lasting relations …