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The Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker inaugurated in Lisbon


6 November 2015

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European startup activists succeeded to establish an interactive map that shows how 28 EU members states are advanced in implementing legal as well as social and economic initiatives that foster growth of startup community. Everyone can learn about the details of politics that support innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe. Startup Poland is a co-author of national startup manifestos which contributed to the creation of the Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker.

Startup Manifesto Movement: Driving Change Throughout Europe  - opening panel
Startup Manifesto Movement: Driving Change Throughout Europe – opening panel

Source: European Digital Forum

The European Commission with the support of the European Digital Forum, gathered in Lisbon to host ICT 2015: Innovate, Connect, Transform. Over 7,000 innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, members of national governments, and representatives of national startup ecosystems met on 20-22 October 2015. That is why Startup Poland had to be there.

The conference highlight was the presentation of a new project – the Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker. It is an online platform that informs about existing startup manifestos or policy statements that represent the voice of national startup communities. In order to see how a country deals with implementing startup friendly policy reform all you need is to enter an interactive map available online. The Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker is divided into 6 sections containing key information for the development of innovative businesses : Institutional Framework, Education and Skills, Access to Talent, Access to Capital, Data Policy, Protection and Privacy.

Thanks to this tool everyone can compare and systematize knowledge about solutions that drive innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe. We learn what measures have been introduced to teach children digital skills and how EU capitals prepare graduates and students to a new reality they face on the labor market. Moreover, we can verify what is the current development stage of investor-friendly tax regulations and how EU regulation on data protection change.

The conference served as a meeting platform for 10 startup manifestos activists representing 9 EU countries. The co-authors of national startup manifestos from Belgium, Cyprus, Great Britain, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden, convened at the conference in order to discuss practical insights from their work on the Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker.

Startup Manifesto Movement, Working Dinner
Startup Manifesto Movement, Working Dinner Source: European Digital Forum

European Digital Forum, Startup Europe Forum organizer, is an interdisciplinary research network co-managed by the Lisbon Council and Nesta.

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