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European Business Summit 2015

Topic: entrepreneurship

Innovate UK boss: ‘Innovation is always a conversation’

Governments can play a role in innovation by formulating problems and linking people up so that innovators can come up with solutions, says Richard Miller.

Rotterdam's lesson: From harbour to hub

Cities have a major part to play in ensuring all their residents have the skills they need to be active and integrated members of society. This is a challenge mayors should embrace, writes Ahmed Aboutaleb.
Agriculture & Food 15-07-2016

FAO: The EU has a role in Africa’s agriculture mechanisation

The involvement of the European private sector in the mechanisation of Africa’s agriculture, currently dominated by China, will open up the market and help farmers make quality choices, FAO’s Josef Kienzle said in an interview with
Digital 12-07-2016

Michel Bauwens: Uber ‘should be regulated like rest of the economy’

Enterprises like Uber and Airbnb “basically suck value out of the local economy” by trying to work around social laws and other regulations, says Michel Bauwens. But simply banning them would be short-sighted, he told

Accenture digital chief: ‘Oettinger is doing a great job’

The completion of the Digital Single Market will play a crucial role in the transformation of European companies, Accenture's Bruno Berthon told One of the main challenges, he believes, will be deciding how companies share data.

Norwegian minister: 'We have the same rights and duties as EU member states'

Although Norway is not an EU member, it has agreed on a voluntary contribution of €2.8 billion to promote economic and social cohesion in poorer Eastern European countries. “It’s a win-win situation,” explains Elisabeth Aspaker who adds: “It’s not a rule that we should get something back."

All eyes on the EU Skills Agenda

Unemployment rates continue to run high across Europe; 10 June saw the European Commission publish its much-anticipated Skills Agenda. It is a welcome step towards addressing this challenge, and one that will need to be further built upon, writes Alba Xhixha.
Digital 08-06-2016

Airbnb awaits Berlin ruling on legality of home-sharing

A Berlin court is due to make a landmark ruling with ramifications for home rental firms such as Airbnb on Wednesday (8 June) when it decides if homeowners can engage in short-term lets.

Europe's tech industry could get boost from visa overhaul

Changes to chaotic EU visa rules could help workers move to Europe if they receive a job offer—and their chances are better if they find work in the tech or healthcare sectors.
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Digital 29-04-2016

Ex-DARPA chief: 'Innovation with no goals is not efficient'

SPECIAL REPORT / Ken Gabriel has dedicated his life to innovation and entrepreneurship at Google, and the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). For Gabriel innovation boils down to “satisfying an unmet need”.
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EIT boss: ‘There is a new focus on measuring results’

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Institute of Technology has come under heavy criticism from EU auditors, who flagged a “lack of tangible results” in a recent report. But most issues have now largely been addressed, assures Martin Kern, who promises a new focus on results.
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'European MIT' will look for innovators in food, industry and urban mobility

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Institute of Innovation and Technology is opening a “new chapter” to overcome some of its early mistakes, and plans to expand by adding food, the digitalisation of industry and urban mobility to its priority areas.
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Commission backs data sharing 'by default' to spur innovation

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission's upcoming data initiative will establish open data as the paradigm "by default", while allowing opt-outs only in restricted cases for commercial purposes, Commissioner Carlos Moedas told

Innovation and entrepreneurship

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The European Union wants to create an innovation-friendly environment by 2020 that makes it easier for great ideas to be turned into products and services, bringing the economy growth and jobs.
Trade & Society 20-04-2016

The Trade Secrets Directive: What it does - and does not - mean

In the three years it was debated in the European Parliament, the recently-adopted Trade Secrets Directive generated no small amount of controversy and myths. EurActiv France attempts to separate fact from fiction.
Digital 12-04-2016

Tech entrepreneur: ‘Africa is a very, very long game’

E-commerce has been slow to take off in Africa, but Africa Internet Group, the continent’s first online business worth over €1 billion, has big ambitions. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
UK & Europe 11-04-2016

Brexit could boost UK financial technology firms - but only in short-term

Britain leaving the European Union could give fledgling financial technology companies an immediate shot in the arm but deprive them of expansion later on, industry officials said on Monday (11 April).
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Nordic countries lead EU in digital entrepreneurship

SPECIAL REPORT / The Nordic countries lead the rest of the EU in fostering new digital startups and helping businesses go digital, according to a European Commission report.
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Digital 04-04-2016

More than money, Europe needs entrepreneurial culture change

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe faces an uphill battle to make the fourth industrial revolution a reality. While the investment needed will be a challenge, the main obstacle to complete the transition towards the new digitalised future may be the sluggish entrepreneurial culture in Europe.
Digital 01-03-2016

Commission guidance on sharing economy delayed until summer break

The European Commission is expected to publish its guidelines on how to apply existing EU legislation on the sharing economy in mid-2016, while ministers mull whether new legislation may be needed to deal with Uber, Airbnb and other similar companies.
Euro & Finance 26-02-2016

A 'Chapter 11' Law for Europe's entrepreneurs

Europe’s conflicting insolvency rules create uncertainty among investors, discourage cross-border investment and delay the restructuring of companies facing financial difficulty, writes Paul McGhee. Ironing out these inconsistencies will give businesses a better chance of bouncing back and deliver growth to the real economy, he argues.
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Digital 26-02-2016

How to become a successful ‘tech-nation’ from scratch

SPECIAL REPORT / Amid global concerns about economic growth, countries without natural resources like Estonia or Israel have converted technology into their main source of prosperity.


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The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is staging its annual innovation forum this week, amid questions over the body’s annual budget and its added value.

European Business Summit 2015

EurActiv has been a Knowledge Partner of EBS since its launch in 2000. This year's edition will focus on how the industry and the society are impacted by digitalisation, the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution.