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Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy

Doing business in the Digital Age

In order to foster the knowledge base on Digital Entrepreneurship the Commission has launched and funded the study "Doing business in the Digital Age: the impact of new ICT developments in the global business landscape". The study is based on the consultant's analytical work and a number of workshops we had organised with key stakeholders, including Digital entrepreneurs, traditional industries, NGOs, Member States experts and business analysts, as well as on a number of interviews with Member States and Commission policy officers.

The key study highlights are:

  • An in-depth analysis of novel digital technological trends (social, mobile, analytics, cloud, and cyber solutions) and how they shift the current business paradigms;
  • An ambitiouspan-European vision: to accelerate the transformation of the European business landscape through the development and smart use of novel digital technologies in order to increase growth and create employment;
  • a five pillar objectives, an analysis of the EU challenges and a set of concrete  policy recommendations at EU, national/regional level, addressed to the public and/or private sector. Policy recommendations cut across different policy areas, from boosting digital and entrepreneurial skills and talents to leveraging the Single Market,  innovation campaigns, awareness and mentoring, access to finance, crowdfunding, visa act for highly skilled entrepreneurs, reinforcing clusters, etc.

You can read the full study here pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] .

Other relevant documents:

  • the interim report pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] on the identified technological trends, real business paradigms and foresight scenarios for the European economy:
  • A presentation with the main highlights:

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