News

The European Digital Forum launches “The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard: How European Union Countries are Improving Policy Frameworks and Developing Powerful Ecosystems for Entrepreneurs”

March 15, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 11.11.28

We are pleased to announce that the European Digital Forum has formally launched “The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard: How European Union Countries are Improving Policy Frameworks and Developing Powerful Ecosystems for Entrepreneurs”, authored by Open Evidence’s David Osimo and Kasia Jakimowicz together with some of the main representatives of the European startup community. The report has been launched at CeBIT 2016, Germany’s leading international computer expo, in the presence of Günther Oettinger, European commissioner for digital economy and society.

The report represents a unique crowdsourcing exercise involving national experts in 25 countries. The Scoreboard looks at progress from a policymaking standpoint. Who is doing the most to help startups? And who needs to do more?

In cooperation with the Lisbon Council we developed The Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker, which translates recommendations of the Startup Manifesto into easy-to-track policy indicators that enable an on-going review of the progress of the EU Member States in the implementation of policies in support of entrepreneurship and startup-friendly environments.

As our Director David Osimo said: “On balance, Europe is making good progress in key areas. But many countries need to move beyond words. Policymakers need to take harder decisions to deliver more progress in areas that would make it easier for startups to scale up. And we need to involve the startup community more directly in setting challenges – and monitoring progress.”