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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 …

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 …

Competition Policy February 13, 2020 Updating competition policy – Startups are the best competitors!

Competition policy is a cornerstone of the policy making globally toolbox and plays a prominent role in the European Union where the European Commission has exclusive competence to implement WTO rules. Its purpose is to ensure that businesses can compete on equal terms in the Single Market and that consumers benefit from low prices and …

Policy Startups January 21, 2020 Dear policy makers, for every big tech CEO, listen to 10 startup entrepreneurs.

This week, senior representatives from big tech companies spoke out about regulation on Artificial Intelligence, digital taxation, online content moderation, and other pressing issues in the digital single market, as Brussels prepares to regulate and amend policy on these issues.   Some of these impact areas affect entrepreneurs in every possible way. How? Sometimes legislation does …

Policy Statement January 15, 2020 The role of the intermediary liability exemption for startups & scaleups

[Brussels, 3 October] Allied for Startups consulted its members on the role of the intermediary liability exemption for startups & scales in the EU. Online platforms transform the way we purchase, communicate, move and work – everybody enjoys their services everyday. Startups benefit from this thriving platform economy – it helps them to grow, operate …

Policy Rocket Club December 16, 2019 Allied for Startups launches 🚀 The Rocket Club 🚀

Startups and scaleups live and flourish in ecosystems of talent (entrepreneurs & employees, mentors), investors (angel investors, venture capital firms, crowdfunding, etc), support organisations (incubators, accelerators, startup associations, hubs, etc), users, universities, governments, and corporations. Startup ecosystems have a positive impact on society and the economy. They contribute to various areas from job creation, open …

DTX Policy November 26, 2019 Digital Health Startups and EU Policy: A day of collaboration among startups, policymakers and healthcare stakeholders in the EU

On 19 November, founders of European digital health startups Ada, Brain+, Byteflies, Disior, Tired of Cancer and Biloba came to Brussels to talk directly to policymakers and regulators from the European Parliament and Commission.  The aim was to discuss face-to-face some of the most crucial policy topics for startups – e.g. the impact of regulations …

Policy November 20, 2019 6 reasons why sandboxes are an underrated EU policy instrument

When launching their business on the market, startups often struggle with legislation. Because they disrupt business models with new solutions, it can be complex for them to comply with regulations that are not adapted to them. However, some regulatory burdens could be mitigated with the use of regulatory sandboxes. The use of sandboxes for Fintech …

Policy Startups October 3, 2019 Startup Communities’ Questions to Commissioner Vestager

[Brussels, 3 October] Startups should be in the centre of the European Commission’s plans for the digital economy, which is why Allied for Startups has questions to be asked to Commissioner-designate Vestager at her hearing on Tuesday, 8 October. Concurrently to the hearing of Commissioner Vestager, Allied for Startups is releasing its position on the …