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Startups December 18, 2019 Allied for Startups asks its members 3 questions…

Three questions for our members… Allied for Startups members are a bit like startup themselves. All of them are leaders in their local ecosystem, driving change for entrepreneurs on the ground. They’re all younger than 10 years and many are younger than 5 years. We’ve asked them to take a minute to share some of their …

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 …

Startups October 30, 2019 3 Questions for…

Allied for Startups is not like any other trade association. Virtually all of our Member organisations (local, national or regional startup associations) are younger than 10 years, many are younger than 5 years. They’re a bit like startups themselves. All of them are leaders in their local ecosystem, driving change for entrepreneurs on the ground. …

Startups October 29, 2019 Startups and Digital Sovereignty

What is the role of startups in the debate on digital sovereignty? As the digital economy permeates our lives on all fronts, can concepts like digital sovereignty be discussed without startups?…

Startups October 22, 2019 Allied for Startups’ 5th Annual Summit Scales Up!

From 14-16 October, startup communities from across the world came to Brussels to discuss policies that support startups.

Data September 29, 2018 Why Data Protection & Data Localisation Don’t Mix Well

Data localisation measures run contrary to best practises in lawmaking. Besides increasing cost and decreasing choice for users, they are bad news for startups globally. Contrary to their intent, such measures make data protection harder. Data protection is in startups’ DNA. While some applications are indispensable for users, deletion is only a click away if …

Data March 20, 2018 Free Flow of Data: A ‘ferrari for startups?’

If a startup was a car, what would it be? In light of the fragmentation in the digital economy, the racetrack it is on would be curvy and steep one. Yet, if the regulation for free flow of non-personal data passes, Rapporteur Corazza Bildt thinks startups could get a ferrari. 🏎 What’s this about? Currently, …

Digital Single Market May 15, 2017 Let’s judge the DSM by its results, not ambitions

Every startup starts with a groundbreaking idea. However, until one can speak of success, many more things have to happen. There is a whole discussion about whether the idea or execution is more important. In that spirit, we propose judging the Digital Single Market by what it achieves, and not by what it sets out to achieve. …

Data December 13, 2016 The Case for Free Flow of Data

Think global – that’s what startups do from day one. To do so, they require a healthy mix of access to finance, talent, market, education, culture and startup-friendly regulations, which constitute a ecosystem. A borderless internet is one core component of this environment – and that requires free flow of data. We’ve been here before. …

Data September 19, 2016 Global Data Flows in Trade

Why cross-border data flows should be included in trade agreements currently under negotiation.