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As Europe’s digital single market picks up pace, the European Digital Forum continues to deepen its thought-leading research and expand its high-level policy debates. The community has grown dramatically since the summer, so much so that more than one thousand leading digital-era luminaries – including European Commissioner Günther Oettinger – took part in the three-day long Startup Europe Forum we co-hosted with the European Commission in Lisbon at ICT 2015, the European Union’s flagship digital conference. 

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Paul Hofheinz 
European Digital Forum

European Digital Forum @ ICT 2015 

Startup Europe Forum: Günther Oettinger Keynotes Opening Plenary

The European Digital Forum took a leading role at ICT 2015: Innovate, Connect, Transform in Lisbon on 20-22 October 2015, the European Union’s flagship digital conference that united 7,000 digital-era doers and shapers from throughout Europe. Günther Oettinger, European commissioner for digital economy and society, kicked off the opening plenary of the Startup Europe Forum, a parallel track intellectually led by the European Digital Forum. Zoya Sheftalovich, technology reporter at Politico, and Paul Hofheinz, director of the European Digital Forum, interviewed the Commissioner, who laid out his vision for the future of Europe's digital economy. The opening plenary featured a high-level panel of entrepreneurs, investors and digital thought leaders, including Nikita Fahrenholz, co-founder and CEO of Book a Tiger Household Services GmbH and co-founder of Delivery Hero, one of four German "unicorns," and Carlos Torres Vila, president and chief operating officer of BBVA. Read More

Watch Video Highlights of the Startup Europe Forum Opening Session 
View Photo Highlights at the European Digital Forum Picasa Web Album 

Startup Manifesto Movement: Driving Change Throughout Europe

A manifesto for entrepreneurship and innovation to power growth in the European Union. That’s what nine wildly successful European entrepreneurs – founders and co-founders of eight fast-growing, cutting-edge, globally-competitive Internet startups – set out to write in 2013. To date, more than 8,000 people have signed the Manifesto, which has grown into a trans-European campaign and spawned 10 national startup manifestoes in European Union member states. At ICT 2015, the European Digital Forum brought together the authors and co-authors of all 10 national startup manifestos under the theme Startup Manifesto Movement: Driving Change Throughout Europe. The grassroots leaders explored the recent success and future prospects of the “startup manifesto movement,” led by entrepreneurs, to raise the voice of startups and build more effective eco-systems in the European Union’s 28 member states. The European Digital Forum used the occasion to launch the Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker, a new online tool for monitoring startup-friendly reform in EU member states. Read More

Visit the Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker

European Digital City Index Launches 

The European Digital Forum launched the European Digital City Index at ICT 2015 in Lisbon. This groundbreaking interactive tool provides compelling evidence of how well different European cities support digital entrepreneurship and ranks their digital readiness. The Index, which was conceived and prepared by Nesta, the UK innovation foundation and co-manager of the European Digital Forum, covers all capital cities in the European Union's 28 member states. In addition, it includes seven leading hubs of digital entrepreneurship – Barcelona, Cambridge, Cologne, Milan, Munich, Oxford and Stuttgart. Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of Nesta, presented this fascinating new research – and offered a tour d’horizon on making Europe a more cohesive society and a better place to do business again. Read More

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Sherry Coutu on Fuelling Scale-Ups 

The European Digital Forum welcomed Sherry Coutu, member of the board of the London Stock Exchange, serial entrepreneur, business angel and author of the highly influential Scale-Up Report, at ICT 2015 in Lisbon. Ms Coutu delivered a keynote speech on Fuelling Growth Firms in Europe, and discussed the challenge and opportunity of “scaling up” businesses – and proposed at 12-point plan for making Europe a better place to develop healthy, prosperous companies. One of the world’s most acclaimed investors and women, Ms Coutu established and successfully sold two financial-services businesses and sits today on the board of several corporations and associations, including the London Stock Exchange. Read More

Community and Outreach

New Website 

The European Digital Forum launches its new online home. Its website has been re-designed to fit the needs of increased content and mobile usage. The new design is revamped, mobile-friendly and offers a broader overview of the organisation’s activities. We hope you will like it.
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Policy Monitoring and Support

Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker in Full Swing

Portugal has done the most to enact the principles laid down in the Startup Manifesto. But how about the country you know best? Using an innovative crowdsourcing model, compiled with the help of Open Evidence, a Barcelona-based data-analytics company, the European Digital Forum launches the Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker, an online tool to provide a comprehensive overview of the progress in the implementation of the 22 recommendations set out in the Startup Manifesto, the innovative blueprint for a more entrepreneurial Europe written by founders of world-leading technology companies based in Europe. The Tracker was launched at ICT 2015. A comprehensive report based on the information collected will follow next year. 

Visit the Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker

Recent Video Highlights

Startup Europe Forum Video Highlights
Startup Europe Forum: Highlights Day 1


Government of the Future

The European Digital Forum will present an early look at Government of the Future: How Digital Technology Will Change the Way We Live, Work and Govern, a new publication, at European eGovernment Conference “Simple, Secure and Transparent Public Services,” a two-day summit organised by the Luxembourg State IT Centre (CTIE) in the context of Luxembourg’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. The paper looks at the way public service delivery is evolving – and will evolve – over the next 15 years on the back of the radical changes – and new possibilities – inherent in digital technology. It will launch formally in 2016.

Unlocking Private Investment to Digital Enablers 

The European Digital Forum will launch Unlocking Private Investment to Digital Enablers: A Roadmap for European Growth, Jobs and Employment. This paper explores the current investment landscape in Europe, and identifies bottlenecks and challenges that need to be tackled in order to enhance the investment ecosystem and attract private investment – both domestic and foreign – into fast-growing startups. The study is intended to follow on and contribute to the success of the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the so-called Juncker Investment Plan, which European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen (jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness) outlined in November 2014.

About the European Digital Forum

The European Digital Forum is a think tank led by the Lisbon Council and Nesta in collaboration with the European Commission's Startup Europe Initiative. Founding partners include Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), the European Investment Fund and Telefónica. Accenture serves as partner. Visit
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