Led by the Lisbon Council and Nesta, in collaboration with the Startup Europe Partnership and the European Commission
Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission
The 2015 European Digital Forum convened under the timely theme How the Digital Single Market Will Power a European Renaissance – and What We Need to Do About It Today. Andrus Ansip, vice-president of the European Commission for the digital single market, delivered...Read more
In a new policy brief, published by the European Digital Forum, author Sergey Filippov looks at Financial Services in the Digital Age: Leveraging Technology and Regulation to Achieve a Stronger Capital Markets Union. The paper examines the spread of digital technology...Read more
The Lisbon Council and Nesta, the two organisations leading the European Digital Forum, team up with Tech.eu to produce Startups and the Digital Single Market, an essay that highlights the common issues startups face across the European Union member states, explains why...Read more
The European Digital Forum hosted the High-Level Working Lunch on Open Data in the Digital Single Market. Beatrice Covassi, deputy head of unit for data value chain at the European Commission’s directorate-general for communications networks, content and technology, led an...Read more
For two days, the Startup Europe Summit, a pop-up conference for European startups hosted by Factory Berlin in collaboration with the European Commission, brought together captains of the industry, leading startup founders and policymakers. The European Digital...Read more
Convened at the London Stock Exchange, the first Startup Europe Leadership Council, a high-level group of business representatives from the European Digital Forum and the Startup Europe Partnership, met to discuss how to foster scale-ups in Europe. Special guests...Read more
The European Digital Forum convened the High-Level Roundtable on Europe’s Digital Future. Neelie Kroes, former vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner for the digital agenda (2009-2014), delivered a fascinating keynote and launched Digital Minds for...Read more
The European Digital Forum launches Data-Driven Business Models: Powering Startups in the Digital Age, a policy brief that looks at the growing prominence of data-driven business models for European startups and the increasingly important role these startups are...Read more
The European Digital Forum launches Digital Minds for a New Europe, a cutting-edge collection of 44 essays by the world's leading thinkers on the digital challenges ahead – and the solutions technology can provide. Neelie Kroes, former vice-president of the European...Read more
The European Digital Forum convened a high-level roundtable on Towards Industry 4.0 and a Digital Single Market: How Digital Technologies Can Close Europe’s Productivity Gap. Two of the world’s foremost experts on information technology and productivity, Bart Van Ark,...Read more
At the invitation of the Bavarian ministry of economic affairs and media, energy and technology, the European Digital Forum visited Munich for an intensive round of high-level meetings and study sessions. The European Digital Forum used the occasion to learn more...Read more
The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in collaboration with the European Commission hosted Digital Venice, a high level summit on the advancement of Europe's digital economy. Ann Mettler, executive director of the European Digital Forum, chaired a...Read more
Ann Mettler, executive director of the European Digital Forum, chaired the official launch of the Greek Startup Manifesto at the First European Youth Entrepreneurship Conference in Athens. Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission in charge of the...Read more
The European Digital Forum teamed up with the World Economic Forum to host a High-Level Working Lunch on Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship. The discussion focused on improving the collaboration between digital entrepreneurs and large corporations in an effort to help...Read more
José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, and Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner for the digital agenda, joined a star-studded group of digital entrepreneurs and thought leaders for a high-level summit in Brussels to...Read more
Gesche Joost, Germany’s digital champion and design research professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, presents the Open Letter of European Digital Champions to the Contenders for European Commission President, at the European Business Summit.Read more
The European Digital Forum released an Open Letter to the Contenders for European Commission President, signed by European Union digital champions. These ambassadors for the digital agenda of Europe who are appointed by their respective governments, encourage the lead...Read more
Ann Mettler, executive director of the Lisbon Council and the European Digital Forum, met with European Union digital champions, ambassadors of the digital agenda for Europe appointed by their member states. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the digital...Read more
Ann Mettler was invited to speak before the Expert Group on Taxation of the Digital Economy. Chaired by Vitor Gaspar, former finance minister of Portugal, the group asked Ann to focus her remarks on the rise of micro-multinationals, small startups that have global...Read more
Ann Mettler, executive director of the Lisbon Council and the European Digital Forum, took part in the session Startup Europe Manifesto: making it happen at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and presented the European Digital Forum.Read more
The Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank and Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, jointly announce the creation of the European Digital Forum, a first-of-its kind think tank dedicated to empowering tech entrepreneurs and growing Europe’s digital economy. It...Read more
The European Digital Forum is a think tank dedicated to empowering web entrepreneurs and growing Europe’s digital economy. It is led by the Lisbon Council and Nesta, in collaboration with the Startup Europe Partnership and the European Commission. It was inspired by the Leaders Club, an independent group of founders in the field of tech entrepreneurship, and first called for in the Startup Manifesto for entrepreneurial excellence.
The European Digital Forum is a think tank led by the Lisbon Council and Nesta, in collaboration with the Startup Europe Partnership and the European Commission. Founding partners include the European Investment Fund, Telefónica and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA). Accenture serves as partner.
The European Digital Forum is a first-of-its kind think tank dedicated to empowering tech entrepreneurs and growing Europe’s digital economy. The European Digital Forum gives a voice in public policy to the continent’s most enterprising and innovative entrepreneurs.
The European Digital Forum aspires to become Europe’s leading think tank and policy network on digital economy and digital entrepreneurship issues. It is designed as a “broad church,” meaning that it will seek to take digital economy issues – which are oftentimes seen as niche or sectoral in nature – and place them squarely in the wider economic context.
The European Digital Forum aims to deliver thought leadership in transforming the European economy “from coal and steel to wired and digital.” A crucial element in this transformation is encouraging Europeans to become web entrepreneurs, supporting technology startups and engaging with established corporate players, with the overall purpose to intellectually engage and inspire a new generation of leaders and doers. Against this backdrop, the European Digital Forum is uniquely positioned at the interface of technology/web entrepreneurship/innovation and public policy.
The day-to-day operations of the European Digital Forum are managed by the Lisbon Council and Nesta, two of Europe’s leading innovation think tanks.
The Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal asbl is a Brussels-based think tank and policy network. Established in 2003 in Belgium as a non-profit, non-partisan association, the group is dedicated to making a positive contribution through cutting-edge research and by engaging politicians and the public at large in a constructive exchange about the economic and social challenges of the 21st century. Its website is www.lisboncouncil.net.
Nesta is the United Kingdom’s innovation foundation. It helps people and organisations bring great ideas to life. It does this by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills. It is an independent charity enabled by an endowment from the national lottery. Its website is www.nesta.org.uk.
• Francisco Javier Arias Marin, group head representative to the European Union, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)
• Gilles Babinet, digital champion of France
• Xavier Damman, co-founder, Storify
• Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech City UK
• Charlotte Holloway, head of policy, TechUK
• Hervé Le Jouan, founder and CEO, Privowny
• Kaja Kallas, member, committee on industry, research and energy, European Parliament
• Tom Kirschbaum, co-founder and chief operating officer, Ally
• Saul Klein, partner, Index Ventures
• Guy Levin, executive director, the Coalition for A Digital Economy (Coadec)
• Bernard Le Masson, managing director, public service, Accenture Strategy
• Stewart McTavish, director, the University of Cambridge ideaSpace
• Victor Negrescu, member, committee on budgets, European Parliament
• Gergana Passy, digital champion of Bulgaria
• Eva Paunova, member, committee on the internal market and consumer protection, European Parliament
• Richard Poston, director of global public affairs, Telefónica
• Wojciech Przybylski, project leader, New Europe 100; president and editor-in-chief, Res Publica Nowa
• Marjut Santoni, deputy chief executive, European Investment Fund
• Matthias Ummenhofer, founding partner, mojo.capital
• Robin Wauters, co-founder and editor-in-chief, tech.eu
The European Digital Forum is an initiative set up in collaboration with the European Commission.
The Digital Agenda is the European Commission's strategy to help digital technologies, including the internet, to deliver sustainable economic growth. As part of the Digital Agenda for Europe, the Startup Europe initiative aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs so that their ideas and business can start and grow in the EU. For more information visit www.ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/growth-jobs/startup-europe
Founding partners of the European Digital Forum include the European Investment Fund, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) and Telefónica. Accenture serves as partner.
The European Investment Fund’s (EIF) central mission is to support Europe’s micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) by helping them to access finance. EIF designs and develops venture and growth capital, guarantees and microfinance instruments which specifically target this market segment. In this role, EIF fosters EU objectives in support of innovation, research and development, entrepreneurship, growth, and employment. EIF is part of the European Investment Bank Group. EIF’s total net commitments to private equity funds amounted to over € 7.9bn at end 2013. With investments in over 435 funds, EIF is a leading player in European venture due to the scale and the scope of its investments, especially in high-tech and early-stage segments. EIF’s guarantees loan portfolio totalled over € 5.6bn in over 300 operations at end 2013, positioning it as a major European SME guarantees actor and a leading micro-finance guarantor. For more information, visit www.eif.org
BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, it is the largest financial institution in Mexico and it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States. Its diversified business is biased to high-growth markets and it relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. BBVA ranks among the leading Euro zone banks in terms of ROE and efficiency. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies the best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. For more, visit the BBVA Innovation Centre website at www.centrodeinnovacionbbva.com
Telefonica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation and number of customers. From this outstanding position in the industry, and with its mobile, fixed and broadband businesses as the key drivers of its growth, Telefónica has focused its strategy on becoming a leading company in the digital world. The company has a significant presence in 24 countries and a customer base that amounts to more than 320 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy. Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4.551.024.586 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia) and on those in London, New York, Lima and Buenos Aires. For more information, visit www.telefonica.com
Accenture is a partner of the European Digital Forum. It is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 305,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of $30 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2014. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
The Startup Europe Leaders Club is an independent group of founders in the field of tech entrepreneurship, who act as role models for European web entrepreneurs and provide guidance to the Commission on what needs to be done to strengthen the environment for web entrepreneurs to start in Europe and stay in Europe.
In September 2013, the Leaders Club published A Manifesto for Entrepreneurship & Innovation to Power Growth in the EU. It is a 22-point action plan, highlighting five key themes: Education & Skills, Access to Talent, Access to Capital, Data Policy, Protection & Privacy, and Thought Leadership.
Establishment of the European Digital Forum is a direct implementation of Action 22 of the Startup Manifesto. It reads, “Bring together leading entrepreneurs, politicians and policy makers for the purposes of establishing a common understanding and common set of goals in translating this manifesto into action”.
For more information about the Leaders Club, visit http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/leaders-club
For more information about the Startup Manifesto, visit http://startupmanifesto.eu/