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Scale-Up Europe Conference

February 8, 2022

Opening speech

14h00 - 14h15

Speech by Cédric O, French Minister of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications ;

Session 1

Scale-Up Europe: The European Union, a deeptech powerhouse

14h15 - 15h20

  • Keynote by Mariya GABRIEL, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth ;

  • Round table discussion :

    • Giorgio ANANIA, CEO of Aledia ;
    • Josef ASCHBACHER, Director of ESA ;
    • Francesca BRIA, Chair of the national innovation fund ;
    • Mark FERGUSON, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, CEO of Renovo, Chair of EIC Advisory Board ;
    • Ana MAIQUES, CEO of Neuroelectronics, Member of EIC advisory board ;
    • Georges-Olivier REYMOND, CEO of Pasqal.

Moderator : Larissa Holzki, tech journalist at Handelsblatt

Session 2

Scale-Up Europe: Turning European Union into the heartland of tomorrow’s talents

15h20 - 16h20

  • Keynote by Pascal CAGNI, Chairman of Business France ;

  • Round table discussion :

    • Eléonore CRESPO, Co-founder of Pigment ;
    • Eve PEETERSON, Startup Estonia / European Startup Network ;
    • Hanno RENNER, Co-founder & CEO of Personio ;
    • Constantijn VAN ORANJE, Techleaps / European Startup Network ;
    • Roxanne VARZA, Director of Station F.

Moderator : Clara Chappaz, Director of La French Tech

Session 3

Scale-Up Europe: Enhance the financing of European tech ecosystems in order to create world champions

16h20 - 17h20

  • Round table discussion :

    • Stéphane BOUJNAH, CEO of Euronext ;
    • Zoé FABIAN, Partner at Eurazeo ;
    • Alain GODARD, Chief Executive of the EIF ;
    • Klaus HOMMELS, Founder and CEO of Lakestar ;
    • Rafaèle TORDJMAN, Founder and CEO of Jeito Capital ;
    • Pieter VAN DER DOES, CEO of Adyen ;
    • Stéphanie YON-COURTIN, Member of the European Parliament, Member of ECON commission.

Moderator : Charlie Perreau, tech journalist at Les Echos


17h20 - 18h00

Announcement of the pan-European initiative for the financing of innovation ecosystems

with the exceptional participation of Bruno LE MAIRE, French Minister for the Economy and Finance, Ministers of several Member States, and Werner HOYER, President of the European Investment Bank.

Closing speeches

18h00 - 18h20


Scale-Up Europe is a call to join forces around startups: to reinforce Europe’s sovereignty, develop the prosperity of our economies and societies, and achieve the objectives of social cohesion and climate transition that are at the heart of the European project.

We, founders and startups, corporations, investment funds, industry groupings and other innovation ecosystem stak eholders, are joining forces as a community and stepping up to respond to the opportunities and challenges that await our continent.

Over the past decade, Europe has built a prosperous, fast growing and resilient startup ecosystem that attracted 4 0 bn in 2020 sixfold the investment of 2010 and spawned global scale-ups including 70+ unicorns, creating more than 2 million jobs.

Looking forward, we are convinced Europe can reach the next level, and have set an ambition for the continent to become hom e to 10 technology companies each valued at more than €10 0bn by 2030.

We believe that investing in disruptive tech and growing leaders able to harness the potential of the current industrial revolution are of critical importance for our continent, for at least three reasons:

  • What is at stake is no t only our ability to stay at the forefront of innovation, but also whether we can maintain a major role in the balance of international power and establish our own rules and standards.
  • Tech and startups are at the heart of the prosperity of our economies and societies. They generate millions of jobs across a range of skills and sectors and, by creating significant value they are well positioned to help preserve our European soci al model.
  • Achieving the objectives of social cohesion and climate transition, that are at the core of the European project, w ill not be possible without the contribution of entrepreneurs.

We have identified five key c hallenges on EuropeEurope’s road forward:

  1. App ropriate funding from European investors is missing on the late and exit stages of the ecosystem in particular IPO The right balance has to be found between expertise, favorable regulation for private investors, as well as an efficient multiplicator effect for public money.
  2. European startups are fighting to attract the best talent and are not sufficiently open to diversity A more open, less fragmented pan European market is key to winning the global battle for startup talent. In this respect, diversity is a strong enabler to be placed at the core of our ecosystem.
  3. Europe is still behind on developing deep tech Scale-Ups. Creating appropriat e funding mechanisms, that bring together the science and business worlds to channel research efforts, are appropriate levers for Europe to become the worldworld’s deep tech powerhouse.
  4. Efficient collaboration between startups and corporates has to be enhanced. Promoting winning collaboration models, understanding cultural differences, increasing mutual understanding and facilitating startup takeovers by European corporates are appropriate tools to bridge the startups and corporate gap.
  5. For these ideas to reach full bloom, further investment in coordination and execution needs to be made at the European level. Scale-Up Europe needs to graduate from a report to a fully-fledged initiative, with both the capacity and the mandate to help transform this report into reality.

European leaders have shown they have grasped the importance of the startup economy. That is why the Scale-Up Europe community has worked in recent months towards issuing a set of the most game-changing recommendations, geared towards the European Commission, our national governments and our startup ecosystems. The Scale-Up Europe community has come together to facilitate mutual understanding, urge action and guide it.

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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.

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.




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