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Latest News Press Release Startup Nations Standard November 3, 2021 PRESS RELEASE: Independent ESNA Monitoring can deliver significant improvements for startups in EU

PRESS RELEASE [Lisbon, 3rd November 2021, contact: ines@alliedforstartups.org] Allied for Startups welcomes the European Startup Nations Alliance (ESNA), the monitoring body of the Startup Nations Standard (SNS) and encourages Member States to construct independent and transparent governing bodies with a clearly defined role for startup organisations.  In March of 2021, we welcomed the release of …

Latest News Open Letter October 27, 2021 Startup Initiatives: From Discussion to Coordination and Implementation

Dear President von der Leyen, Dear Commissioner Breton, Dear Commissioner Gabriel We, the undersigned startup organisations, welcome the increased focus on startup policies, including the Startup Nations Standard (SNS) with the European Startup Nations Alliance (ESNA), ScaleUp Europe, Global Powerhouses and the Unicorns Group. These underline the political will to fuel the innovative digital economy …

DSA 4 Startups Latest News Open Letter October 25, 2021 Open Letter: Making the DSA proportionate and balanced

Dear Members of the European Parliament, Dear Ambassadors to the EU, We, the undersigned startup organisations, encourage you to ensure the DSA becomes more proportionate and balanced so that startups can scale-up their innovations to businesses and consumers across the EU. Our members would like to request a meeting or roundtable with you at your …

Latest News October 14, 2021 Bringing together startup communities: our Annual Summit 2021

We hosted our 7th consecutive (very successful!) Annual Summit! Every year we gather our Members so startup communities can connect broadly and discuss our yearly priorities and vote on our Mandate for the following year. Here’s what happened at our Virtual Summit:  After much consideration, our Members voted on the following three key priorities for …

DSA 4 Startups Latest News platforms Policy October 5, 2021 Will the DSA favour startup innovation in the Single Market?

The Digital Services Act can provide the harmonisation that startups need to operate across EU markets by updating and clarifying the rules governing platforms. Following the recent discussions in the co-legislative bodies of the EU, namely the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, it’s unclear that all parties are considering startups’ growth perspectives …

Digital Single Market DSA 4 Startups Latest News Policy September 21, 2021 Tweaking the Country of Origin principle in the DSA – A threat to the Digital Single Market

As the discussions around the Digital Services Act (DSA) progress, one principle is of key importance for startups – the Country of Origin, also known as the Internal Market Clause. The principle states that a company must follow the legislation of its country of establishment, regardless of where its services are offered. Concretely, a second-hand …

Digital Single Market DSA 4 Startups Latest News platforms Policy September 8, 2021 How will marketplace startups in the EU deal with new platform rules?

There are about 10,000 startup platforms in the EU, many of which are online marketplaces. The Digital Services Act has the potential to empower these to launch their businesses and scale in the EU, if it preserves the founding principles of the platform economy and gives entrepreneurs legal clarity. As the discussions are underway in …

Latest News Startups July 29, 2021 Tech Policy for Startups – Where are we at?

2021 has been a busy year for digital policy and we are expecting more coming our way after the summer. Legislation on platform regulation, artificial intelligence and data sharing are piling up at the EU institutions. It will shape and define the future innovation economy and startups ecosystems in the EU and beyond, so it’s …

Latest News July 16, 2021 We’re hiring! Office Administrator position (Part time)

We are looking for a part time (1 day a week) Office Manager to join our international and dynamic team in Brussels! We’re looking for a startupper: a self-starter, independent, motivated and tech savvy individual. Our ideal candidate will have first-hand experience as an Office Administrator with advocacy organisations in Brussels. The candidate will support the …

Competition Latest News July 6, 2021 Let consumers make their pick & trust startups to deliver!

Startups exist because they respond to consumer needs – whether online or offline. Legislation that empowers innovation and ambitious startups also benefits consumers. However this only works if legislation isn’t designed to artificially pick winners and losers, for instance by favoring offline distribution mechanisms under a misleading guise of perceived fairness.  COVID-19 fundamentally changed the …