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Latest News Startup Nations Standard April 27, 2021 A worldwide Startup Nations Standard: An 8-step recipe for global recovery.

It’s not a coincidence that countries such as Estonia, the UK or the US have some of the highest startup rates in the world. They offer regulatory, administrative and financing conditions that are attractive to entrepreneurs.  Entrepreneurs are naturally attracted to start up in an ecosystem that maximises their chance to scale-up. They consider factors …

Latest News Press Release April 22, 2021 PRESS RELEASE : Designing Artificial Intelligence requirements that consider startups will allow for innovation to thrive. 

[Brussels, 22 April 2021] Allied for Startups (AFS) welcomes the European Commission’s Artificial Intelligence Act and efforts to lay down harmonised rules for Artificial Intelligence uptake in Europe, however warns about potential regulatory complexity for startups.  AFS supports the proposed initiatives to encourage AI innovation in Europe such as regulatory sandboxes and measures aimed to …

Latest News Tax April 15, 2021 How would an EU Digital Levy impact startups?

Going global is in startups’ DNA, they create products designed with a global mindset and their objective is to compete internationally. A conducive environment for global innovation is one in which policy makers strive to avoid fragmentation so that startups only have to scale-up once.  For that reason, we’ve always been supportive and have called …

DTX Startups April 7, 2021 5 startups improving access to healthcare

On the occasion of World Health Day, we are sharing the inspiring stories of startups who are leveraging technology to improve access to healthcare.  Happy World Health Day, everyone! This day is celebrated globally every year since the founding of the World Health Organisation in 1948. This year, the theme is Building a fairer, healthier …

Latest News Press Release Startup Nations Standard March 18, 2021 PRESS RELEASE: An ambitious Startup Nations Standard can put the EU on route to being the scale-up continent.

Brussels, 19 March 2021,  Allied for Startups welcomes the Startup Nations Standard (SNS) which was presented today by the European Commission.  The Standard consists of a set of best practices that address key hurdles startups in the European Union face.  Following extensive and in-depth consultations with startup communities across Europe, the European Commission is setting …

DTX March 18, 2021 What do digital health startups need to thrive post-COVID?

Startup entrepreneurs are driving the digital transformation of healthcare but regulatory fragmentation hinders their potential. European policy makers can support startups scaling digital health innovation across borders by building a level playing field. The digital health sector has grown exponentially in the last year. Venture funding totalled a record $14.8 billion globally, a 66% increase …

Latest News Policy March 8, 2021 Choose to challenge (the lack of) diversity in entrepreneurship. 

If you were to think about 5 amazing entrepreneurs, how many would be women? The theme of this year’s international women’s day is “choose to challenge the status quo”. We want to change the status quo in entrepreneurship, which stands as follows: according to Forbes, only 10% of startups are founded by women in the …

Startups March 3, 2021 Wildlife protection by startup innovation

On the occasion of World Wildlife Day, we share the stories of startups who are leveraging technology to support wildlife protection.  Since 2013, the United Nations World Wildlife Day is celebrated on March 3 every year to highlight the importance of biodiversity and to raise awareness about the urgent need to tackle human-induced reduction of …

Startup Nations Standard Talent February 25, 2021 Hiring the startup dream team -Moonshot or nightmare? 

The stakes are very high in startup hiring. Typically, startups are formed by small teams where team members wear many hats simultaneously. Oftentimes the product or service they offer addresses a very specific market gap. Hence, they require very specific talent that they might not find in the EU. The fitting additional team member with …

DTX February 18, 2021 Health apps by prescription: the need for a common European approach

Startups are some of the leading innovators behind the emerging digital therapeutics market. As conversations around reimbursement pathways and prescriptions of digital therapeutics are starting to take place, we advocate a coordinated approach at the EU level.  Digital therapeutics, evidence-based therapeutic interventions driven by software, is a rapidly growing subset of digital health. Its global …