Blog Archives

Top web entrepreneurs publish open call to EU leaders

A selection of Europe’s leading tech entrepreneurs have published an open call to Europe’s national leaders ahead of the EU summit on the digital economy to be held in Brussels on 24-25 October. In the open letter, the nine members of the Startup Leaders Club call on EU leaders to take the once-in-a-generation opportunity to support the jobs of tomorrow in a manifesto of specific actions, which they created after meeting with EU vice president and digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes.

The entrepreneurs will present the manifesto for entrepreneurship and innovation to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and national leaders on 23 October. The signatories of the open letter and members of the Startup Leaders Club are Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon (Spotify), Kaj Hed (Rovio), Lars Hinrichs (HackFwd), Reshma Sohoni (Seedcamp), Joanna Shields (tech city), Zaryn Dentzel (Tuenti), Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten (The Next Web) and Niklas Zennström (Atomico).

via Telecompaper.

Startup Europe – A manifesto for entrepreneurship and innovation to power growth in the EU

Economic conditions in Europe remain hugely challenging with the European Commission forecasting that euro-zone GDP is set to shrink by 0.4% this year. Yet the growing importance of internet-driven economic growth could transform this picture by helping improve the lives of millions of people providing them with new jobs, new skills and renewed hopes for a better future.

According to research from the Boston Consulting Group(1) the Internet Economy in the developed markets of the G-20 is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 8 percent over the next five years. In developing markets, annual growth is expected to be 18 percent. These rates far outpace traditional economic sectors. No longer confined to high-tech businesses, digital technologies are resulting in the re-imagination of every single industry, holding the promise of creating new jobs and new wealth.

via Startup Europe.