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DTX Policy July 20, 2021 Towards a Stronger Health Union – Startups in The European Health Data Space

A digital health entrepreneur’s best skill is the ability to solve problems; from HR to accounting, finance and strategy, to finding a cutting edge-solution for a pressing health challenge. However, an entrepreneur’s vision is often curtailed by the complexity of having to navigate European health policy – which can be highly fragmented and complex. More …

DSA 4 Startups platforms Policy June 25, 2021 Dear MEPs: We can strike a balance between promoting innovation and protecting consumers in the DSA

Startups are born out of consumers’ needs. In order to grow their businesses, consumer trust is imperative and hence it is in their interest to provide the information and tailored services that their users need. The Digital Services Act (DSA) represents an opportunity to strike the right balance between designing a clear pathway for startups …

DSA 4 Startups Policy June 4, 2021 Policy makers: avoid slowing down the platform economy with the DSA

Last week we published our position on the DSA, following a consultation with our Members. In a subsequent blog post, we highlighted what elements of the DSA  have the potential to ignite startup growth. This week, we want to cover the elements of the DSA with the potential to undermine startup growth and the economic …

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 …

DSA 4 Startups Policy January 22, 2021 The Digital Services Act: The GDPR of Platforms?

Startups across the world have come to know the EU as the first-mover on privacy legislation with the GDPR. In December the European Commission put forward two landmark files to regulate the online platform economy: the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Given the potential replication of these rules worldwide, startup …

Policy January 15, 2021 European Commission: With startup friendly regulation, funding follows

For the last two weeks, the tech community has has been buzzing about the European Innovation Council’s startup investments (between 15-25 € million). The objective of the fund is to bridge the existing funding gap between Europe and the US and China as well as boosting innovation and job creation. Yet, while we believe the …

Latest News Policy January 6, 2021 What’s in store for startup policy in 2021?

COVID-19 forced significant parts of the world population to turn to digital tools and platforms to perform daily tasks such as working, shopping or communicating. Policy makers are now responding to the increasing importance of tech in our lives. In the EU, this entails sweeping new rules for tech companies, ranging from rules for online …

DSA 4 Startups Policy September 29, 2020 Our take on the European Parliament’s Initiative Reports on the Digital Services Act 

 At the end of this year, the European Commission will present its legislative proposal on the Digital Services Act. In the last week three European Parliament’s committees on the Internal Market, (IMCO) Legal Affairs (JURI) and Civil Liberties (LIBE) adopted their positions on the Digital Services Act. The DSA will affect over 10,000 platforms in …

Data Latest News Policy September 22, 2020 Why data localisation is not an ingredient for economic growth

The European Union should not undercut its initiatives to ignite startup-fueled post-COVID-19 economic growth with costly and ineffective data localisation measures. When Commissioner Breton argues that “European data should be stored and processed in Europe”, this could pose significant damage to startup ecosystems and undermine much of the positive impact of recent free flow of …

Policy Uncategorized September 3, 2020 What is the EU Startup Nation Standard and how can it boost economic growth?

In March of 2020, as part of the EU’s new industrial strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe, the European Commission announced the EU Startup Nation Standard. At Allied for Startups we are thrilled that the Commission had listened to startup communities calls to make startups central to EU policy making.  While we …