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Founding members

We proudly introduce some of the very first members of Scale-Up Europe. More soon.

The initiative

Scale-Up Europe gathers 150+ tech ecosystem members to dive into building global tech leaders in Europe

Initiated by President Emmanuel Macron, the Scale-Up Europe initiative focuses on four key drivers: talent, investment, startup-corporate collaboration and deep tech. The founding members have convened to kick off a collective debate on these themes on the 4th of March and to continue the discussion in the coming months through workshops and open consultation. Together, the tech community will define an actionable strategy and roadmap to be presented to European heads of state later this year on scaling the tech ecosystem to the next level.
Scale-Up Europe gathers a select group of 150+ of Europe’s leading tech founders, investors, researchers, corporate CEOs and government officials around the same goal: accelerate the rise of global tech leaders born in Europe, in the service of both progress and technological sovereignty.
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Watch the kick-off

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Challenges

Not even the pandemic could slow down the overall positive trend observed in fundraising by European startups, with around $41 billion invested in 2020 according to Atomico. Going forward, more needs to be done to enable the emergence of bigger homegrown financiers within Europe. Purpose and tech for good are set to become key drivers for investment into Europe in the coming years, and there remain challenges around creating European exit opportunities for VCs, including by growing the local IPO ecosystem. The role of state money in driving European startups will be addressed.

"We see more and more decacorns. It was very rare a few years ago.""

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Niklas Zennström

Atomico

"We still need to improve some elements of the funding chain, especially in the stock market.""

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Nicolas Dufourcq

Bpifrance

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This challenge is about making careers in tech and entrepreneurship accessible to everyone, regardless of origins and social background. There is a specific focus on female founders and ethnic minority founders, in order to set positive milestone precedents and make sure these founders get the attention they deserve. Attention will be given to reducing ‘Ivy League’ bias, as well as attracting foreign talent and encouraging mobility in the context of the rise of nomad workers.

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"Attracting international talents is key for success. At Alan we have 20% of international talents in the team."

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Jean-Charles Samuelian

Alan

"The real challenge is to create internally an awareness about what is diversity."

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Ersilia Vaudo Scarpetta

ESA

The fourth topic relates to promoting entrepreneurship in the scientific community and projects emerging out of the engineering space. Artificial intelligence, quantum computing and cybersecurity are among the fields that governments have listed as priorities for the coming years. Covid-19 has also intensified the spotlight on biotech, while mounting pressure to tackle climate change is also a key target for scientists and innovators. The priority is making investing in European deeptech startups more appealing to a broader pool of financiers.

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"If we create great innovation, such as in Deep Tech, money will come by itself."

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Lukasz Gadowski

Team Europe

"We need to acknowledge how important #deeptech is. It's about turning fundamental research into breakthrough innovation: it's pricy and uncertain. We need to fund our research."

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Johanna Michielin

CNRS

It doesn’t make sense for Europe to lead a tech-only development strategy, nor does a startup-only focus fit. At some point, startups and corporates need to come together if Europe is to leverage its innovation for economic growth. This involves apprehending different corporate-startup collaboration models and learning from global best-practices as well as overcoming culture clash and facilitating takeovers through M&A. It means encouraging breakthrough tech to promote technology transfers while helping players from the ‘old economy’ leverage the heaps of data they sit on.

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"If we are able to create collaborations between startups and corporations very early, there is a real possibility to create the giants we are looking for in Europe"

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Adrien Nussenbaum

Mirakl

"It's key for corporations to be able to bring new services and new models"

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Belen Moscoso del Prado

Sodexo

Partners

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