Brussels, Belgium | Published on: September 2, 2013
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A group of Europe’s most successful internet entrepreneurs today launched a manifesto to harness the growth of the tech sector and increase the number of successful start ups across Europe.

The 22 point plan has been produced by The Startup Europe Leaders Club – an independent group of founders in the fields of tech entrepreneurship – which was tasked by Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes in March 2013 to develop a series of recommendations to support entrepreneurship and drive the growth of the internet economy across Europe.

The recommendations included in the Manifesto for Entrepreneurship and Innovation directly address five of the most significant challenges European economies face, including: 

  • Steps to increase the necessary education and skills amongst young people
  • Widening and retaining access to talent
  • Improving access to capital
  • Modernising data policy, protection & privacy
  • Driving thought leadership

The collective proposals represent the grassroots perspectives of some of the continent’s most successful businessmen and women and the steps they believe will support entrepreneurship and innovation in Europe.

The plan has also been developed and strengthened with the support and collaboration of the Founders Forum in London – a community of global entrepreneurs, select inspiring CEOs and key investors in media and technology.

A call to action and accompanying website is being launched alongside the manifesto where entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and other key figures within the digital and tech ecosystem across Europe are invited to share their views, feedback and perspectives.

The objective is to create a document that is robust and actionable as possible ahead of a series of forthcoming meetings designed to set policy priorities for European such as the European Council on 24 & 25 October in Brussels.

Members of The Leaders Club are: Daniel Ek (Spotify), Kaj Hed (Rovio),Joanna Shields (Tech City UK), Reshma Sohoni (Seedcamp), Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten (The Next Web), Zaryn Dentzel (Tuenti), Niklas Zennström (Atomico) and Lars Hinrichs (Hackfwd).

I am very happy to see successful entrepreneurs wanting to give back to the tech communities and make things better for entrepreneurs. This Manifesto is a wake up call. Let's startup Europe, let's shake up Europe, let's connect Europe!

— Neelie Kroes - Vice President European Commission
The days of relying on large businesses or the government for job creation are over. Entrepreneurship is an engine for growth and must be cultivated in Europe. To create more businesses and more start-ups requires not just the right policies, but a change in mentality. The launch of today’s manifesto sends a clear message to business leaders and policy makers on the necessary steps for achieving this goal.

— Joanna Shields, on behalf of the Start up Leaders Club