EBN recently joined leading European early-stage financing networks passionate with Innovation and Entrepreneurship (EBAN, ECN, BAE, EIF, YES, and ELITE) to produce a joint paper calling for the creation of an E-Zone for Europe’s Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Investors.
The paper was given to President Juncker and his cabinet during their deliberations for President Juncker’s 315 Billion Euro proposed investment plan to bring jobs and growth back to Europe and helped inform the subsequent Investment plan and policy.
All partners feel strongly that all the money in the world will not help unless there is a Single Market for Europe’s Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Investors. With the proper will from all players of the Innovation and Entrepreneurial Eco-System, this can be achieved with the E-Zone.
Among the recommendations made by the signatories of this document to improve the financial environment of firms and to boost innovation and entrepreneurship, EBN stressed the need and importance of:
- Non-financial support organizations, such as EU-BICs, Incubators, Accelerators, Innovation/Entrepreneurship Centres, have equally a vital role to play in order to stimulate and professionnalize the demand-side, and to generate fully collaborative ecosystems, with one single goal : accelerating the emergence of a new class of growing innovative entrepreneurs
- Facilitating the scaling-up of innovation-based incubators/accelerators, and the full deployment of the EU-BIC networked support scheme for innovative entrepreneurs,
- Supporting the adoption of quality-based labels for key-actors of the support ecosystem for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors,
- Encouraging the empowerment of decentralized partnerships capable to steer the emergence of smart and specialized players embedded in smart and specialised ecosystems.
We invite you to read the paper (Download). We look forward to working together with you to create the E-Zone for Europe’s Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Investors.
We know that together we can create it and make it happen!
A lot of people say this cannot be done. As entrepreneurs would say, “Just Do It”. It can be done.
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