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Policy August 13, 2020 The key question for the COVID-19 recovery: Will this legislation make the EU more or less attractive for startups?

When starting up, an entrepreneur looks for a location that maximises his/her chance of success. This choice includes taking into account variables such as access to talent, finance, bureaucracy, size of market, and regulation. For a founder it is a complicated calculation which is constantly being updated. And it seems as if policy makers have …

Data Policy July 29, 2020 Transatlantic Data Flows: So what are the options for startups?

Following the European Court of Justice’s landmark ruling on Privacy Shield, startup communities must strike one important mechanism off the list of avenues for transatlantic data transfers. It begs the question: why does this matter and what other mechanisms do startups have at their disposal? Data adequacy is granted by the European Commission if another …

DSA 4 Startups Policy July 7, 2020 Key Arguments from Allied for Startups’ Response to the DSA Impact Assessments

As stakeholders share feedback on what needs to be changed in the innovation ecosystem, we use the Inception Impact Assessment Consultation on the DSA to take a step back and also look at what works for startups. Fundamentally, the online platform economy has not just been a source of innovation, growth and jobs in the …

Open Letter Policy July 7, 2020 The response from the European Commission to startup communities on COVID-19

From the start of the COVID-19 crisis at Allied for Startups we have witnessed startups stepping up and providing solutions to the pandemic and the consequences of the lockdown. From medical and health solutions to ed-tech, entertainment and communications. In light of that, we sent  a letter to the President of the European Commission, Ursula …

Covid 19 Latest News Policy July 1, 2020 Startups’ 13 recommendations for the post COVID-19 economic recovery

In May 2020, given the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy, leaders of startup communities across the world formed a working group to work on measures to support startups in this extraordinary time, and by doing so spark the post-COVID-19 economic recovery. The group focused on putting startups in the centre of …

Artificial Intelligence Policy June 19, 2020 EU legislation on Artificial Intelligence: Incentivise entrepreneurs to innovate!

Last February, the European Commission published its White Paper on Artificial Intelligence announcing an AI regulatory framework to enable the safe development and deployment of AI in the EU. The White Paper release was coupled with the Commission’s consultation for stakeholders to express their opinion. The European Commission wants to propose a risk based approach …

Policy Startups June 11, 2020 Why Startup Founders Should Participate In The European Commission’s Digital Services Act Consultation

Last week the European Commission launched several consultations on the Digital Services Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation in the digital (and otherwise) arena, as it will affect all online platforms in a plethora of ways.  At Allied for Startups, we sometimes see ourselves as translators, in that we want to bridge …

DTX Policy May 29, 2020 European Health Data Space: A Catalyst For Health Innovation?

Why is data important for public health and innovation? The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the discussions around health data sharing in Europe and beyond. Tracing the spread of the pandemic, identifying hotspots and vulnerable communities, discovering potential treatments and monitoring the patients involves the collection and exchange of health data. It requires digital solutions that …

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 …