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Agrifood 23-08-2018

Eating crickets is good for you, study finds

Eating crickets help support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, is not only safe at high doses but may also reduce inflammation in the body, a new study finds.  For consumers in North America and Europe, crickets and other edible insects are currently getting popular, a trend the EU’s new Novel Food Regulation may significantly strengthen.
Data protection 30-03-2018

Macron eyes AI at European level

Emmanuel Macron unveiled the French strategy for artificial intelligence, stressing the need for Europe to get on board.
Digital 28-06-2017

The EU’s FinTech strategy: Can Europe compete globally?

2017 will be a pivotal year for FinTech. The European Commission recently published a consultation and the European Parliament voted on its own initiative report in May. Both initiatives will input into an EU FinTech strategy expected by the end of the year.
Digital 13-04-2017

EU copyright directive means trouble for our startups

Startups in Europe can only be successful if they have solid rules in the online space. But in an attempt to limit the power of tech giants, the European Union risks hampering the next generation of European startups too, writes Lenard Koschwitz.
Digital 03-04-2017

Europe needs more successful data mining startups

The European Commission’s proposed reform on copyright is preventing young companies from using text and data mining technology with full legal certainty, warns Michal Sadowski and Michał Brzezicki.

New fund for innovation in Europe will encourage more investment

European venture capital received a boost today (8 November) with the announcement of €1.6 billion in venture capital funds. It will provide much-needed additional funding for Europe’s start-ups and early-stage companies, writes Michael Collins.

Lisbon dreams of ‘Europe’s Silicon Valley’ tag

Lisbon is betting that hosting the Web Summit, Europe's largest tech event, will spur the growth of startups and draw foreign investors, helping it compete with the continent's main innovation hubs.

Why new venture capital regulation is essential to Europe’s start-ups and SMEs

The European Commission’s proposal to review the EuVECA regulation are a welcome step forward, but if changes are not implemented, European venture capital will likely stay local and stay small, writes Michael Collins.
Digital 06-09-2016

The EU just told data mining startups to take their business elsewhere

Startups will be hurt by a restriction on text and data mining in the European Commission’s proposal to change EU copyright law, writes Lenard Koschwitz.

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.

Brain gain: Six ways the EU startup visa will bring success to Europe

An EU-wide startup visa should make it easier for entrepreneurs to set up businesses and hire talented employees, writes Lenard Koschwitz.
Euro & Finance 02-02-2016

Unlocking Europe’s business potential

With the Commission’s strong leadership on Capital Markets Union, Europe can give its dynamic businesses the tools they need to turn 2016 into the year of the unicorn, writes Michael Collins. 
Euro & Finance 17-12-2015

Foreign investment in European ‘unicorns’: A hollow debate?

The acute lack of venture capital in Europe means that 40-60% of funding rounds greater than €10 million are financed by American firms. For the directors of the French fund Idinvest, this is not a problem. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Negotiators have vowed to strike a deal on the data protection regulation by the end of 2015
Digital 02-12-2015

Tech industry goes for last minute appeal on data protection

Tech industry groups are making a last ditch effort to sway negotiators who have vowed to wrap up talks on data protection regulation this month.

European start-ups catching up with Silicon Valley

Recent studies of European start-ups have found companies thriving in an increasingly favourable business environment, distinguishing themselves from their American competitors. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Digital 04-11-2015

CEO: How I turned ?€3K into more than a million for my start-up in just 18 months

Four European entrepreneurs put ?€3,000, all they had, into their digital start-up which rents out long-term accommodation to students and professionals.
Digital 02-11-2015

Search engine CEO: EU start-ups won’t survive without fair competition

European digital companies can take on those in the United States and Asia, but only if there is fair competition for new market entrants with bigger firms, Gianpiero Lotito believes.
Digital 28-10-2015

Skype founder: ‘EU tech isn’t falling behind, it’s picking up the pace’

EXCLUSIVE/ European Union tech is no longer falling behind its international competitors, Skype’s co-founder told EURACTIV. Instead, it is picking up the pace at the “best time” to be a tech investor or entrepreneur in the bloc.
EU Commissioner Oettinger, Vice President Ansip and former Commissioner Neelie Kroes all attended the Startup Europe summit in Berlin earlier this year
Digital 02-10-2015

European Commission intensifies charm offensive to court startups

The Commission's initiative on startups has revamped its image, and is speeding up a campaign to catch the attention of Europe's entrepreneurs.

Berlin outranks London in start-up investment

A new study confirms Berlin is the start-up capital of Europe but for those responsible for the sector's success it is no time to rest. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Digital 17-02-2015

Oettinger: IT sector needs new ‘generation of Shakespeares’

A meeting in Berlin between representatives from European startups and EU decision-makers stirred ignited debate over EU digital policies, with Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger speaking in support of net neutrality and tech-startups, while Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip called for other forms of IT promotion. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Digital 20-01-2015

Vince Cable on the Digital Single Market

“The European Union is part of the solution; not part of the problem” said Vince Cable, in a speech at the Lisbon Council in Brussels on January 20th. The speech, titled "The Europe I Want, the Europe We Need" called for a re-invigorated digital single market. Cable, the British business secretary – and Liberal Democrat MP added that, “digital is central to growth in the European Union” and “we need to be able to show that the internal market works.”

Baden-Württemberg leads EU in innovation

Within the EU, Germany’s state of Baden-Württemberg is the region with the strongest innovative capacity, with no other European region investing as much economic output in research and development. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes Germany and Europe can catch up with the United States and China in the digital sector. [World Economic Forum]
Digital 22-10-2014

Merkel calls for ‘industry 4.0’ at German IT Summit

Europe is supposed to become a global leader in the digital world, while Germany hopes for an Industry 4.0 at the national IT Summit, putting net neutrality to the test with a “special service”. EURACTIV Germany reports.