EU Science Hub

Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Digital Economy

The Joint Research Centre provides evidence-based support to policies in the domain of digital innovation and start-ups. In particular:

  • Innovation with the focus on maximising the innovation output of EC funded research projects, notably building on the Innovation Radar;
  • Start-ups and scale-ups – providing support to Start-up Europe; and
  • Standardisation and IPR policy aims under the Digital Single Market priorities.

This research builds on the work and expertise gathered within the EURIPIDIS project. It is part of the long-standing collaboration between the JRC and DG CONNECT in the domain of digital innovation and start-ups.

Innovation - building on the Innovation Radar

The European Commission's Framework Programme (FP) constitutes an important share in R&D expenditures in Europe.

According to the Innovation Radar, a number of FP projects produce innovations that are ready to reach the market. However, further nurturing is needed to exploit their potential.

JRC research is contributing to strengthen the Innovation Radar as a tool for evidence-based policy making by focusing on 3 areas:

  • Intelligence on innovations and innovators in FP projects,
  • Analysing the conditions and design of the collaborative research projects,
  • Methodology.

Digital start-ups

Digitally-enabled start-ups are the main vehicles through which digital technology is converted into economic and social benefits. These firms are also more likely to become high-growth companies, i.e. scale-ups. Given their peculiar characteristics, digitally-enabled firms respond differently to the conditions of entrepreneurship ecosystems than firms in traditional and low-tech activity. For example, digital start-ups are particularly hurt by the difficulties in accessing talent, funding and markets across European borders.

In the context of Start-up Europe the JRC is researching into the European start-up ecosystem to provide evidence-based support and policy recommendations to address their specificities.

Standardisation and Intellectual Property Rights under the Digital Single Market

Effective interoperability guarantees that connected devices such as cars, phones, appliances and industrial equipment can communicate seamlessly with each other.

Common standards ensure the interoperability of digital technologies. They guarantee that technologies work smoothly and reliably together, provide economies of scale, foster research and innovation and keep markets open.

Efficient and inclusive processes are needed in order to ensure timely delivery of high quality ICT standards. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and in particular patents play an important role in the context of standard setting.

The efficient and balanced licensing and dispute resolution around standard essential patents are important for innovation and standardisation. In this context, JRC is addressing the standardisation and IPR policy aims under the Digital Single Market priorities.