The European Commission is crowdsourcing ideas to support European startups



The EU seems serious about wanting to improve the climate for web entrepreneurs in Europe, to facilitate the number of web startups as well as support their growth.

It’s asking for ideas from the entrepreneurial and wantrepreneurial scene. So if you have any ideas regarding tech research, innovation issues or business environment aspects, you’re welcome to send them by e-mail to the European Commission (expecting them to set up a Storify, Branch or Quora question is probably a bridge too far).

The EU has quite a nice budget to stimulate growth – the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation that runs from 2014 to  2020 is funded with € 80 billion. Here’s what they ask:

“Please, tell us a brief description of your idea, an estimate of the budget that should be allocated to that idea in order to have an impact on Europe and why you think it is important for tech startups in Europe. Finally, please also include who you are or who you represent while submitting the idea.

European startups: what do you need?

Be aware that we are focused on aspects related to funding/supporting measures and not regulation/legislation. You could imagine things like:

  • For web entrepreneurs who only have the idea: launching pilots to test new ideas,
  • For latent web entrepreneurs: making calls to supports web entrepreneurs with grants to start their startups
  • for established web startups: using inducement prices to support startups that have already some maturity
  • for successful web startups – but not global leaders yet – launching big pilots to support successful web startups to become global leaders
  • for all type of web startups: using financial instruments such as debt/equity facility.
  • for all type of web startups: supporting online networking platforms, launching mentoring programs, supporting awareness creation events/campaigns, supporting accelerators programs in Europe, supporting crowd funding platforms to act as platforms to get first customers for the startups and access to pre-seed funding, etc.

We would be grateful if you would send your ideas to the e-mail address:

CNECT-WEBENTREPRENEURS@EC.EUROPA.EU by 05.12.2012

via Digital Agenda for Europe – European Commission.

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