Objective of the consultation
The objective of this public consultation is to seek direct feedback from all relevant stakeholders, including entrepreneurs and start-up communities, with the aim of improving the environment for start-ups in Europe.
The recently adopted Single Market Strategy is one of the building blocks of a broader European policy to boost growth and jobs in Europe. It states that the Commission will 'engage with all relevant players' when designing a Start-up Initiative with the aim of improving the environment for European startups and fast growing firms.
The information gathered from this consultation will help in identifying possible solutions and designing new policy and/or support measures at both EU and Member State level to address start-ups' needs throughout their life cycle. The goal is to create serial entrepreneurs who will try again when they fail, reinvest when they succeed, and support a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout.
The questionnaire follows the life cycle of a company which is divided into three primary phases:
- Stand-up phase when individuals or groups are equipped with the entrepreneurial attitudes and skills to attempt the creation of new company
- Start-up phase when resources are mobilised and regulatory requirements fulfilled to start a new company
- Scale-up phase when successful companies expand their businesses to new markets or in innovative ways.
It also covers an Exit phase when a business owner or an investor decides to cash out an investment made in the past through trade sale or merger with a larger player in the industry (merger and acquisitions), secondary sales to third parties or initial public offerings (IPOs).
The questionnaire contains questions related to each phase of the company's life cycle, providing examples of policy or support measures for stakeholders to reflect upon and share their knowledge and expertise for better policy making.
Before starting, please review the Glossary of terms.
Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representative of the views of Commission staff. It does not in any way prejudge, or constitute the announcement of, any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.
Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Member States’ authorities at all levels, business organisations, potential entrepreneurs and individual companies, academia, research centres and other relevant stakeholders and citizens.
Period of consultation
From 31 March 2016 to 31 July 2016
How to submit your contribution
Please make contributions via the online questionnaire.
The questionnaire is available in the EU official languages.
The contributions received and the identity of the contributor will be published on this website, unless the contributor objects to publication of his/her personal data.
Please read the Specific privacy statement for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
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View the contributions
Individual replies received via EU Survey
Please note that the replies of 44 respondents who requested to maintain their confidentiality are not published here.
A number of stakeholders provided their contribution outside EU Survey, they are available here:
Stakeholder contributions outside of the EU Survey
Results of consultation and next steps
The public consultation offers citizens and stakeholders the opportunity to provide input to the Commission at an early stage of its policy making on start-ups and SMEs. The Commission services plan to make the comments accessible on this website.