A manifesto for entrepreneurship and innovation to power growth in the European Union.
That’s what nine wildly successful European entrepreneurs – founders and co-founders of eight fast-growing, cutting-edge, globally competitive Internet startups – set out to write in 2013. In a 14-page roadmap containing 22 action points, the Manifesto called on European leaders to do more to make it easier for European startups to thrive right here in Europe. And to date, more than 8,000 people have signed the Manifesto, which has grown into a trans-European campaign and spawned more than 10 national startup manifestoes in the European Union member states.
But the question remains: how are the 28 members of the European Union doing on implementing the measures proposed in the Manifesto? To find out, we created the Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker – an online tool for tracking implementation. The Tracker translates the 22 specific recommendations in the Startup Manifesto into concrete policies whose implementation – or non-implementation – can be observed and followed. The intention is to shed light on what is or isn’t happening at the member-state level – and to inspire action when and where it counts.
But we are counting on you. Like Europe itself, this is a crowdsourced project, whose ultimate success or failure will ride on our capacity to embrace the future and make things happen today. If you haven’t already signed the manifesto, please do. And if you have already signed, please find out what’s being done about it in your local community – and if the answer is “not much,” please ask people to do more – and tell us. We’ll incorporate your answers into the Startup Manifesto Policy Tracker. At the end of the day, it’s your input and insight that will drive change – and make this project a success.
To see how your country is doing, click on the Interactive map, which will take you to a home country summary page. There, you will find an overview text and a dashboard that spells out concrete action – or inaction – in six priority areas.
To take part in this cutting-edge effort to deliver change at the grassroots level and report on progress (or inaction) at the member-state level, please contact your national expert or tell us directly about action in the country you know best through the comments field on each country page. Don’t be shy. It’s your Europe. Let’s make it the best home that we can.
The Startup Manifesto is a manifesto for entrepreneurship and innovation to power growth in the European Union. This ambitious policy document was written by the Leaders Club, an independent group of founders of world-leading technology companies based in Europe, including Atomico, HackFwd, Rovio, Seedcamp, Spotify, Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO), Tuenti and The Next Web. The manifesto was drafted to spur discussion on improving the startup ecosystem and digital-era performance in the European Union’s 28 member states. For more, visit http://www.startupmanifesto.eu