This workshop for stakeholders and experts on Startups ecosystems will discuss policies, global tech scene opportunities and aims to identify how to strengthen ecosystems to help startups to scale-up and face world competition.

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The aim of the workshop is to understand the current trends, to identify barriers that prevent startups from scaling up and to discuss potential policies. The event is organised by the European Commission's Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (Units F1. Digital Policy Development & Coordination and unit F3. Digital Innovation & Blockchain).

The target audience are people from businesses, consumer organisations, academics and other experts active in Startup ecosystems. 

Key objectives:

  • Showcase ecosystem best practices
  • Discuss policies and regulations around ecosystems capital, technology, employment, education, culture. 
  • Highlight the global tech scene opportunities and what is needed to enter into the global market.
  • Identify the barriers that still exist and the market failures that need to be addressed.

The workshop offers a good opportunity to network and to find out more about EU funding opportunities.

Registration is mandatory.


Agenda of the workshop

9:00 – 10:00

Registration & Coffee

10:00 –10:30

Welcome Message

Gerard de Graaf, Director for the Digital Single Market Directorate, DG CONNECT, EC

Jorge Remuinan Suarez, DG CONNECT, EC

Isidro Laso, DG CONNECT, EC

10:30 –11:15

Keynote: Employee ownership: The policy lever that will unlock entrepreneurship in Europe
Dominic Jacquesson, Index Ventures

11:15 –12:15

What can the European Commission do to connect European ecosystems which help startups to scale-up?

Danielius Stasiulis, Startup Division  [Moderator]

Kat Borlongan, Director of La French Tech

Emilio Corchado, Startup Ole

Paulo Calçada, Scaleup Porto

12:15 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:00

Fireside Chat
Xavier Corman, Founder Edebex
Bogdan Ceobanu, DG CONNECT, EC

14:00 – 15:15

Which are the key points needed for startups ecosystems to help businesses to become global tech companies? Case study debate.

Robin Wauters,[Moderator]

Ali Khan, Pitchbook
Yoram Wijngaarde, Dealroom

Rosa Jimenez, TheVenture City

 15:15 – 15:30

Networking Coffee

15:30 – 16:30

What are the regulatory aspects to build a pro-startup environment/ecosystem in EU: ecosystems aspects, capital market, technology related aspects, employment and education.

Sunnie Groeneveld, Inspire 925 [Moderator]

Dan Nechita, Smart Everything Everywhere

Anna Vildaus , TechChill

Karen Boers, ESN

16:30 – 17:00

Conclusions of the workshop

Martin Bailey, HoU Digital Policy Development & Coordinationunit, DG CONNECT, EC
Peteris Zilgalvis, HoU, Digital Innovation and Blockhain , DG CONNECT, EC



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