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International experts workshop

Mapping EU ICT start-ups and their ecosystems
Brussels July 4, 2014

Building on Europe's assets, in particular its many ICT industrial clusters, small and large hubs of ICT start-ups have emerged during the last decade across the continent. Many of those are hoped to generate high-growth firms, and consequently the growth and the jobs of the future. This dynamic is closely followed and supported by several DGs across the Commission, starting with the Small Business Act and its follow-up initiative in Digital Entrepreneurship at DG ENTR as well as the Digital Agenda for Europe and the Web-Entrepreneurs (Start Up Europe) initiatives at DG CNECT.  DG EAC, DG EMPL are also active in the area.

Interestingly enough, little evidence, including at Eurostat, allows to follow, measure and analyse the phenomena. Different initiatives for data gathering have been launched with no clear result yet emerging. The objective of this workshop is to present and discuss those various initiatives and their respective assets and limitations as to better understand what are the existing methods and results, and the future developments that can be expected.

  • Related links

Startup Europe Partnership:
Digital Entrepreneurship Monitor:
Cambridge Cluster Map:
Dynamic Mapping of web entrepreneurs:
European ICT Poles of Excellence: