Neelie KROES
Vice-President of the European Commission

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Checking out the Greek startup scene

Last Wednesday (29/1) I did one of things I love the most about my job: meeting inspirational young people.

How we're building a Startup Europe: one year on

It's great to see all the innovators assembling at Le Web, Paris this year.  I'm sorry I couldn't be there with them – but was very inspired by what I saw going on. And it reminded me of my visit last year and the great chat I had with Loic Le Meur.

Wanted - innovators to take part in Europe's largest app challenge!

The EU is supporting an exciting opportunity: helping innovators – especially entrepreneurs and small businesses – come up with the ideas that could power tomorrow's internet, and compete for a prize pot worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

Thousands signing up to support a Startup Europe

This week in London I met up with the Startup Europe Leaders Club - a group of Europe's top tech talent.

EU opening doors for startups - a guest blog from our Tech AllStar!

The EU's StartupEurope initiative aims to help European innovators start in Europe, flourish in Europe, and stay in Europe.  It's clear that one of the obstacles they face is that people don't recognise the nature (and value) of entrepreneurial careers - whether it's teachers, friends and family, or the politicians responsible for providing the right policy environment. Boosting that recognition is one of the goals of our Tech AllStars initiative  - and today's guest blog is from Pat Phelan, deserved winner of the 2013 award.

Great to meet my young advisers yesterday!

It was again great to meet my young advisers yesterday. These are talented young digital entrepreneurs – and I love talking to them to get their experience and advice about how we can best support the digital world.

I didn't want them to say we're doing well at everything – I want the unvarnished truth. Faced with such a terrible economic crisis, we need to do everything we can to support this flourishing economic sector. And to do that, we need to communicate beyond the "Brussels bubble": we need to talk and listen to real people doing real jobs on the digital frontline.

How to remove barriers to growth: we hear from the experts

You may recall my young advisers - a team of inspiring people who advise me in digital matters. They provide me with some great input from the perspective of web innovators. These are the people capable of building Europe's future: and they are very aware of the barriers they face in trying to make that innovation succeed, and give Europe a boost.
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