Founders of five featured digital startups, selected from all across Europe will present their startups and the impact of these innovative ideas for Europe. They will then discuss in a panel, the key issues affecting digital youth innovation today in Europe. Startups presenting are InnoTourUSA and Innovation Masterclass alumni.



What will they discuss? 

The EU is well on its way to become a world innovation hub! Following the Startup Europe programme launch along with the Startup Europe Roadshow, youth entrepreneurship is becoming more and more important. The European Commission expects EU app economy to  employ 4.8 million people by 2018 and contribute €63 billion to the economy. Who are young European entrepreneurs, creators of successful startups? How did they exactly use ICT for their business? And what needs to be done for them so they could be even better?  

European rising startups  will first present what they do, tell us how they came up with those brilliant ideas and how they see ICT playing a big role for their business? Over 6.000 young Europeans in person and millions thank to the social media will be lucky to listen to Fabian Guhl from FounderBus who who will also moderate this session. Lionel de Somer designed EASAPP that helps insurees file their insurance complains easy and fast. Joao Melo from Open Grow, Dasha Bespyatova of InternsGoPro and Gianpiero Lotito from FacilityLive will tell us their experiences.

What do they need to improve their business? What the EU can do for them? What are the burning issues we will tackle on May 9th?

  • The need for investments in digital infrastructure, as well as the importance of progress on related tax issues, are steps necessary to guarantee a proper digital youth initiative in Europe
  • It is also necessary to commit to completing a consumer and business-friendly Digital Single Market by 2015 as  well as to adopt  Europe’s copyright regime. Incentives to the youth innovations derives from whole civil society disclosure to digitalisation, followed by a proper legislation that guarantee IPR emerging in this sector
  • Europe has a long way to go before it can claim to have a truly entrepreneurial culture. Many young start-ups at the moment have been acquired by bigger players before they really start growing. It is true that large players bring expertise, investment and a proven track record in getting products to market – precisely what a young start-up needs. What it would be expected to get in Europe, is to see a more entrepreneur-friendly environment that could prevent young start-ups to go all the way to Silicon valley to find the support they need to develop their companies. Although hubs in London or Berlin are well structured and developed realities, they are still rare gemstones.

Stay tuned in and follow the debate! May 10th, the European Parliament in Strasbourg.