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    Growing the Digital Economy > A Transatlantic View

    16 June 2015

    The Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre welcomed Catherine A. Novelli, senior co-ordinator for international information technology diplomacy and under secretary of state for economic growth, energy, and the environment of the United States (Department of State) for a High-Level Roundtable on Transatlantic Views on the Digital Economy and the Future of Internet Governance. Ms Novelli delivered an energising keynote on the importance of the transatlantic digital relationship and set out a four-point agenda for driving growth and creating jobs through a better regulated global Internet – flexible interoperable standards, efficient data flows, expanded high-speed Internet access and Internet-friendly trade agreements. Robert Madelin, director-general for communications networks, content and technology at the European Commission, offered a European perspective.

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    Empowering SMEs in the Single Market

    26 February 2015

    Together with Google and Digital Europe, the Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre convened the High-Level Working Lunch on SMEs in the Single Market. An eclectic group of successful, digitally-empowered SMEs, business leaders and top policymakers, joined a heated debate on how the Internet enables European SMEs to grow and internationalise their business. Among others, Patricia Cusden, founder and managing director of Look Fabulous Forever, an e-commerce website that sells makeup product for women of a certain age; Claude Ritter, co-founder of Book a Tiger, an online agency that deploys cleaning staff into German cities; and Marc Verschueren, online marketing manager of Happy Socks, a web store for unique and colourful socks, shared their experiences and provided valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of the digital single market in Europe. The lunch was hosted by Matt Brittin, president of business and operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Google, John Higgins, director general of Digital Europe, and chaired by Paul Hofheinz, president and executive director of the Lisbon Council.

     

    Helping Small Businesses Grow Big

    21 January 2015

    The Lisbon Council welcomed David C. Drummond, senior vice-president for corporate development and chief legal officer of Google and chairman of Google Ventures and Google Capital – two leading California-based venture capital firms with more than $1.5 billion under management. Convening under the theme Helping Small Businesses Grow Big: How Europe Can Seize the Opportunity in the Age of the Internet, Mr Drummond delivered a powerful keynote on the challenges and opportunities of small business and entrepreneurs in Europe and highlighted the role of the digital single market as a key driver for growth. 

    David Drummond Discusses Entrepreneurship in Europe on Lisbon Council TV

    Growing the Transatlantic Digital Economy

    23 September 2014

    The Lisbon Council, Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and Georgetown University teamed up to host a high-level summit in Washington, DC on Growing the Transatlantic Digital Economy: How Trade, Data and Internet Governance Drive the Economic Recovery. Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission in charge of the digital agenda and Catherine A. Novelli, under secretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment at the US Department of State, delivered powerful keynotes, while Karen Donfried, president of The German Marshall Fund of the United States, chaired the discussion. The debate was introduced by Will Marshall, president of PPI. Later, Larry Downes, director of the center for business and public policy, evolution of regulation and innovation project at Georgetown University (which graciously hosted the summit); Antonio De Lecea, principal adviser at the delegation of the European Commission to the United States; Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist of PPI; and Ann Mettler, executive director of the Lisbon Council, joined a high-level panel discussion, moderated by Paul Hofheinz, president of the Lisbon Council, on next steps in the transatlantic digital agenda.

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    Transatlantic Summit on New Engines of Growth

    25 April 2014

    Two leading think tanks – the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) from Washington, DC  and the Lisbon Council from Brussels – convened the Transatlantic Summit on New Engines of Growth: Driving Innovation and Trade in Data. The think tanks used the occasion to launch Bridging the Data Gap: How Digital Innovation Can Drive Growth and Create Jobs, a new policy brief written by Paul Hofheinz, president of the Lisbon Council, and Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist of PPI. The study describes the immense benefits that can arise as a result of greater use of data analytics in healthcare, CO2 emissions, social inclusion, job creation and growth generation – and finds a vast “data gap” between Europe and the United States. Later, Giuseppe Abbamonte, director for media and data at the European Commission’s directorate-general for communications networks, content and technology; Richard Benjamins, group director for business intelligence and big data at Telefónica; Elena Bryan, senior trade representative at the US Mission to the EU; Damien Levie, deputy chief European negotiator for TTIP and head of unit for trade relations with the US and Canada at the European Commission’s directorate general for trade; John Midgley, senior manager for global public policy at Intuit; Christian Reimsbach-Kounatze, Internet economist and policy analyst at the directorate for science, technology and industry of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Martin Wrigley, general manager for Europe at the Application Developers Alliance, joined high-level panels on the transformative power of data-driven innovation, and looked at how the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could unlock the growth potential of data-driven trade on both sides of the Atlantic. The summit was informed and enriched by the participation of the Digital Trade Study Group, a high-level delegation of US Congressional staff members. It was hosted by the Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre, a centre of excellence managed by the Lisbon Council. 

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    Bridging the Data Gap: How Digital Innovation Can Drive Growth and Create Jobs

    25 April 2014

    The Lisbon Council and Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), a leading Washington, DC-based think tank, jointly launch Bridging the Data Gap: How Digital Innovation Can Drive Growth and Create Jobs. The interactive policy brief is written by Paul Hofheinz, president of the Lisbon Council, and Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist of PPI and recognised thought leader in the economics of the digital revolution. The paper describes the immense benefits that arise as a result of greater use of data analytics in healthcare, CO2 emissions, social inclusion, job creation and growth generation – and finds a vast “data gap” between Europe and the United States, with American consumers and businesses consuming on average 60% more data each month per capita than Europeans. The policy brief was launched at the Transatlantic Summit on Driving Innovation and Trade in Data, hosted by the Lisbon Council and PPI in the Résidence Palace, Brussels.

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    Herman Van Rompuy Keynotes Innovation Summit

    10 October 2013

    On the eve of the October European Council devoted to innovation and the digital agenda, the Lisbon Council convened The 2013 Innovation Summit. Highlights included the launch of Plan I(nnovation) for Europe: Delivering Innovation-Led, Digitally-Powered Growth, a new publication produced by the Lisbon Council and Nesta, Europe’s leading innovation foundation. The policy brief proposed a seven point agenda for making Europe “the best place in the world to innovate.” Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, delivered The 2013 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture, to a rapt audience. Carlo d'Asaro Biondo, vice-president of Google; John Bell, head of cabinet of European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn; Dainius Pavalkis, minister for education and science of Lithuania and acting chair of the Competitiveness Council of the European Union (research); Nico Perez, co-founder of Mixcloud and young adviser to Neelie Kroes, vice-president and European commissioner in charge of the digital agenda; Desirée van Welsum, economist and programme lead for business scenarios at the Conference Board; Stian Westlake, executive director for policy and research at Nesta and co-author of Plan I(nnovation) for Europe: Delivering Innovation-Led, Digitally-Powered Growth; and Andrew W. Wyckoff, director for science, technology and industry at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, joined the lively discussion on how to drive forward innovation and digital advancement in Europe.

    The OECD also used the occasion to launch Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation, a new report on the role of knowledge-based capital as a new source of growth. The event was held under the patronage of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was hosted by the Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre, a centre of excellence managed by the Lisbon Council and aimed at shedding light on the role SMEs play in the European single market – and the way the single market can help SMEs deliver more growth and jobs to Europe’s economy. The SME Centre was founded in 2012 by the Lisbon Council and Google.  

    NEW PUBLICATION: Plan I(nnovation) for Europe: Delivering Innovation-Led, Digitally Powered Growth

    10 October 2013

    On the eve of the October European Council devoted to innovation and the digital agenda, the Lisbon Council, and Nesta, Europe’s leading innovation foundation, teamed up to launch Plan I(nnovation) for Europe: Delivering Innovation-Led, Digitally-Powered Growth. The new policy brief sets out a seven-point plan for making Europe “the best place in the world to innovate, the place where entrepreneurs, visionaries and optimists tackle the challenges of the future.” It was launched at The 2013 Innovation Summit in the presence of European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.

    Don Tapscott on the Digital Economy: Making It Happen

    26 September 2013

    The Lisbon Council welcomed Don Tapscott, leading writer and thinker on the digital economy and co-author of Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, for a High-Level Working Dinner on Maximising the Potential of the Digital Economy: Driving Growth and Innovation. Mr. Tapscott engaged in a fascinating debate with a group of business leaders, web entrepreneurs and senior experts from the European institutions on the importance and role of the Internet in the economy. The dinner was hosted by the Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre, a joint initiative of the Lisbon Council and Google, which is managed by the Lisbon Council. The SME Centre seeks to shed light on the role SMEs play in the European single market – and the way the single market can help SMEs deliver more growth and jobs to Europe’s economy.

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    Data, Productivity and Trade: Lisbon Council and Progressive Policy Institute Convene Trans-Atlantic Summit

    17 May 2013

    Europe and the United States are both in an urgent quest for new sources of growth. The data-driven economy, and big data in particular, has the potential to transform economies and companies by creating new business opportunities, raising productivity, reducing costs and facilitating new trade flows. Against this backdrop, two leading think tanks – the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) from the US and the Lisbon Council from Europe – teamed up to host the High-Level Roundtable on Data-Driven Productivity and Trade: Unlocking New Drivers of Growth. With discussion of a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement between the US and EU well underway, participants analysed the need to lay a regulatory framework for data that will both ensure adequate data protection for citizens and facilitate much-needed gains in job creation, competitiveness and growth on both sides of the Atlantic. To kick off the debate, Dr. Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at PPI, presented a paper on Data, Trade and Growth, which concluded that trade in data is the fastest rising type of trade in the transatlantic relationship today. Later, Jan Philipp Albrecht, member of the European Parliament and rapporteur for the general data protection regulation; Dimitrios Droutsas, member of the European Parliament and shadow rapporteur for the general data protection regulation; Geert Gladdines, EU adviser, European Small Business Alliance (ESBA); Damien Levie, head of unit, trade relations with the US and Canada at the European Commission’s directorate general for trade; Bernie McKay, chief public policy officer at Intuit; Greg Rafert, manager at Analysis Group and co-author of The Impact of the Data Protection Regulation in the European Union; Siada El Ramly, director-general, European Digital Media Association (EDiMA); Marietje Schaake, member of the European Parliament; Steven Spittaels, associate director at McKinsey & Company; Zoran Stančič, deputy director-general of the European Commission’s directorate-general for communications networks, content and technology (DG-CONNECT); and James Waterworth, vice-president of the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), intervened in a rich and fascinating debate. 

    Venture Capital in Europe: High-Level Working Lunch

    22 February 2013

    Under the timely theme How Smart Policy Choices Can Attract International Venture Capital, the Lisbon Council convened a High-Level Working Lunch on Investing in Europe. Brad Burnham, managing partner at Union Square Ventures, kicked-off the debate with a fascinating presentation on the changing norms – and coming challenges – of venture capital on both sides of the Atlantic (Mr. Burnham was an initial seed investor in such run-away Internet-based businesses as twitter and Kickstarter). Philippe de Backer, member of the European Parliament (ALDE-Belgium); Alexander von Gabain, chairman of the governing board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT); Oliver Gajda, co-founder and co-chair of the European Crowdfunding Network; Luis Galveias, director of secretariat at the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players (EBAN); Simon Hampton, director of European public policy at Google; John A. Holloway, director for transaction and relationship management at the European Investment Fund (EIF); Thibaut Kleiner, member of cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes; José Manuel Leceta, director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT); Philippe Legrain, principal adviser and head of analysis team at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission; Frédéric Michel, Europe director of Telefónica; Emil Paulis, director for financial markets at the European Commission’s directorate-general for internal market and services; Baudouin Regout, adviser for economic, financial and banking questions at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission; and Kristin Schreiber, deputy head of cabinet of European Commissioner Michel Barnier, and others also intervened in a rich and fascinating debate.

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    SMEs in the Single Market

    18 February 2013

    The Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre publishes its latest Newsletter, full of information about recent and upcoming activities, including SMEs in the Single Market: A Growth Agenda for the 21st Century, and The 2012 Single Market Entrepreneurs Summit.

    Single Market Entrepreneurs Summit

    19 October 2012

    The Lisbon Council convened The 2012 Single Market Entrepreneurs Summit. Michel Barnier, European commissioner for internal market and services, kicked-off the Summit, with The 2012 Ludwig Erhard Lecture, explaining how to leverage the single market to foster entrepreneurship, create jobs and deliver growth. Commissioner Barnier also contributed a foreword to SMEs in the Single Market: A Growth Agenda for the 21st Century, a new Lisbon Council publication launched in the margins of the Summit. Daniel Calleja-Crespo, director-general of DG enterprise and industry of the European Commission and SME Envoy; Alex Farcet, co-founder and managing director of Startupbootcamp; John Herlihy, vice-president of Google; Richard Pelly, chief executive of the European Investment Fund; and Daria Tataj, member of the governing board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and professor at Warsaw University of Technology Business School, joined the discussion and provided strategic recommendations on how to unleash the growth potential of the single market to European SMEs.

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    NEW PUBLICATION: SMEs in the Single Market: A Growth Agenda for the 21st Century

    10 October 2012

    In the presence of European Commissioner Michel Barnier, the Lisbon Council launched SMEs in the Single Market: A Growth Agenda for the 21st Century. In this timely report, eight thought leaders – including Commissioner Barnier, who provided a far-seeing Foreword – offer strategic advice on how to unleash the potential of the single market to European entrepreneurs and SMEs – and in turn drive growth and create much-needed jobs. The study was launched at The 2012 Single Market Entrepreneurs Summit, just days before Single Market Week, a celebration of 20 years of the internal market.

    Taylor Reynolds on Economics of the Digital Revolution

    25 September 2012

    The Lisbon Council convened a High-Level Working Lunch on the Economics of the Digital Revolution. Taylor Reynolds, senior economist for the information economy in the directorate for science, technology and industry at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), presented ground-breaking findings from the forthcoming OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012. Anne Bucher, director for structural reforms and competitiveness at the European Commission’s directorate-general for economic and financial affairs, served as discussant. Jonas Bering Liisberg, deputy permanent representative of Denmark to the EU; Maria da Graça Carvalho, member of the European Parliament; James Elles, member of the European Parliament and co-founder of the European Internet Foundation; Tom Hanney, deputy permanent representative of Ireland to the EU; Edit Herczog, member of the European Parliament; Marietje Schaake, member of the European Parliament; and other VIP guests joined the interactive discussion and followed with timely interventions.

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    Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre Newsletter

    4 August 2012

    The Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre launches its first Newsletter, full of information about recent and upcoming activities, including The 2012 Single Market Entrepreneurs Summit, Wired for Growth and Innovation policy brief, the High-Level Roundtable on Economics of Digital Revolution, and much more. 

    Wired for Growth and Innovation > NEW POLICY BRIEF

    18 April 2012

    Ann Mettler, executive director of the Lisbon Council, and Anthony D. Williams, senior fellow for innovation at the Lisbon Council, launch a new policy brief, looking at the potential of the Internet – and greater adoption of information and communication technology in small- and medium-sized enterprises – to dramatically raise competitiveness, improve productivity and create 21st century jobs. The policy brief, entitled Wired for Growth and Innovation: How Digital Technologies are Reshaping Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses and Empowering Entrepreneurs, sets out a “to-do” list for policy makers to unleash the potential of the single market for SMEs and the economy at large, which in turn offers conceivable and powerful way out of the crisis, given that 99% of all European companies are SMEs.

    Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre Launches

    31 January 2012

    The Lisbon Council officially launched a new innovative Centre of Excellence, entitled the Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre, or the SME Centre for short. Founded in collaboration with Google, the SME Centre will enhance the visibility, recognise the importance and underline the transformational nature of entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized companies. It will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the single market. Malcolm Harbour, member of the European Parliament, chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, and a member of the MEPs for SMEs advisory body, which will lend advice to the SME Centre, keynoted the kick-off meeting of the SME Centre Advisory Council. An eclectic and dedicated group of small-business association representatives, who will serve on the SME Centre Advisory Council, gathered for the interactive and solution-oriented debate on how to the single market benefits entrepreneurs and empowers SMEs across Europe.

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    SMEs and Technology

    30 January 2012

    The Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre convened the first High-Level Roundtable on Growth and Innovation under the timely theme: How Digital Technologies are Reshaping Traditional Business Models and Empowering Entrepreneurs. Anthony D. Williams, senior fellow for innovation at the Lisbon Council, presented his latest policy brief – co-authored with Ann Mettler, executive director of the Lisbon Council – entitled Wired for Growth and Innovation: How Digital Technologies are Reshaping Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses and Empowering Entrepreneurs. Bart Becks, co-founder and CEO of SonicAngel, a Belgian crowdfunding start-up; Julien Blanchez, Getting Business Online Campaign lead at Google; Fotis Antonopoulos, founder of OliveShop.com in Greece; Joanna Drake, director for SMEs and entrepreneurship at the European Commission’s enterprise and industry directorate-general; Peter Leyenaar, management team member for regulatory reform and ICT policy at the enterprise and innovation directorate of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation; and Taylor Reynolds, senior economist for information economy in the directorate for science, technology and industry at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) followed with timely interventions.

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    The Rise of the Micro-Multinational > NEW POLICY BRIEF

    6 October 2011

    In a forceful, hard-hitting policy brief, Ann Mettler, executive director of the Lisbon Council, and Anthony D. Williams, senior fellow for innovation at the Lisbon Council, look at the deep-seated changes afoot in our economy in a new policy brief. These days, big companies are looking to compete mostly by downsizing or adding jobs in emerging markets while cash-strapped governments have put a break on hiring. By contrast, the only entities creating jobs in advanced economies are entrepreneurs, young companies and freelancers, many of whom have generated jobs for themselves amid slow employment growth and an anaemic economic recovery. The policy brief, entitled The Rise of the Micro-Multinational: How Freelancers and Technology-Savvy Start-Ups are Driving Growth, Jobs and Innovation, sets out a nine-point set of recommendations for policymakers to create jobs and lay a foundation for future prosperity in Europe and North America.