Innovation Roundtable 2014: the launch of Disrupt Europe Year and Euromentors
The Disrupt Europe Year will be launched today at the European Parliament at 6pm. MEPs Renato Soru and Eva Paunova, Maximilian Strotmann from the Commissioner’s Ansip cabinet, New York Times Bestselling Author, Patrick Vlaskovits and EYIF will launch a Year which will change the way Europe thinks youth entrepreneurship and startups. The Euromentors Association for Digital Entrepreneurs will be also launched as the first initiative under the umbrella of Disrupt Europe Year.
EYIF’s Disrupt Europe Year vision supports startups, particularly the digital ones, and entrepreneurs. It was outlined by Founder and President of EYIF, Kumardev Chatterjee in EU Digital Minds for New Europe that puts together 45 world’s digital thought leaders.
Disrupt Europe Year goals aim to create and sustain a vibrant digital start-up economy in Europe that generates 10.000 new startups a year and 250.000 jobs, with 2.5% of the job market covered by them and 9.5% of total European GDP from their economic activity (including exits). This is the vision the EYIF will uphold in all of our projects and policy talks.
Euromentors is the first initiative in Disrupt Europe Year, funded by the European Commission and managed by EYIF, European Business and Innovation Centre Network and Deloitte. It will set up a pan-European mentoring ecosystem to help spark, support and expand new business ideas and fuel Digital Entrepreneurship in Europe. The Association will be chaired by EYIF and will include in its Governing Board top European organizations and EYIF Innovation Hubs such as StartUp Britain, Beta-i, Tetuan Valley, StartUp 42.
“It is time to disrupt Europe. Digitally first, starting with Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A Europe that puts digital first will be a Europe that changes the game when it comes to innovation and leadership, boosting prosperity, to be a Europe that works for its citizens and one that they can believe in.” said Kumardev Chatterjee, EYIF Founder & President and future Chair of the Association.
In partnership with various institutional and strategic partners and hosted at the European Parliament, the EYIF Innovation Roundtables and Conferences are half-day events which take place up to three times a year before an audience of 150+ participants. At least one takes place at the European Parliament during Global Entrepreneurship Week.