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Covid 19 Policy April 28, 2020 Why should governments support startups in the economic downturn?

As COVID-19 spreads across the world and countries declare national lockdowns, economies suffer. The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented crisis and its consequences will hit all sectors of the economy. While startups are adaptable, resilient economic actors, they are also inherently smaller and have fewer resources.  We are happy to see that governments across Europe …

DSA 4 Startups Policy April 17, 2020 Making the Digital Services Act 4 Startups

The Allied for Startups Team is embarking on a mission to make the upcoming Digital Services Act startup-friendly! Our mission is to bring the voices of startup entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders to EU policy makers with the goal of co-creating rules that empower startups.  We believe that the Digital Services Act is an opportunity to …

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 …

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 …

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 …