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EU retter rampelyset mod iværksætterne: Første del af Startup Europe-kampagnen – skaberne af Skype, Spotify og Angry Birds rådgiver EU

European Commission - IP/13/262   21/03/2013

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Europa-Kommissionen

Pressemeddelelse

Bruxelles, den 21. marts 2013

EU retter rampelyset mod iværksætterne:
Første del af Startup Europe-kampagnen – skaberne af Skype, Spotify og Angry Birds rådgiver EU

De fleste tænker på Silicon Valley i USA, når de tænker på teknologi og iværksættere. Men Europa-Kommissionen ønsker, at unge europæere skal inspireres af hjemlige iværksættere, så deres idéer udvikles og forbliver i Europa.

Med hjælp fra skaberne af Spotify, Angry Birds, Tuenti, Skype, SeedCamp, HackFwd, London's Tech City og The Next Web vil Kommissionen skabe en platform, hvor berømte iværksættere kan dele deres inspiration og frustrationer, så unge europæere og ledere får øjnene op for mulighederne i en iværksætterkarriere.

"Europæerne skal være modige og kreative. Det er sådan, mange af verdens mest spændende it- og teknologivirksomheder er opstået i EU, og det skal vi fortælle hele verden", siger Neelie Kroes, næstformand for Europa-Kommissionen. "De unge iværksættere skal have rollemodeller og et digitalt indre marked, hvor deres idéer kan vokse."

Leaders Club er første del af Startup Europe, som er Europa-Kommissionens plan i seks dele, der skal sætte gang i og forbinde lokale "økosystemer" for iværksættere. Målet er at hjælpe teknologivirksomheder med at etablere sig og vokse i Europa og siden ekspandere til hele verden.

Medlemmerne af den såkaldte Startup Europe Leaders Club er lysende eksempler på, at man som web-iværksætter kan få en meget succesfuld karriere. "De her mennesker har ikke blot talt om at gøre noget - de har rent faktisk gjort det. Derfor bør unge mennesker og ledere lytte til dem", siger Neelie Kroes.

Eksempelvis findes Spotify nu i 23 lande, Skype står for en tredjedel af alle internationale opkald, og spillet Angry Birds er med 250 mio. aktive brugere om måneden større end Twitter. Alligevel falder antallet af IKT-kandidater, og arbejdsløshedskøerne bliver længere. Iværksættere kan hjælpe med at udfylde disse huller.

Medlemmerne af Leaders Club (i alfabetisk rækkefølge, se deres cv'er i bilaget) er:

  1. Zaryn Denzel, (@Zaryn), født i Californien og manden bag Tuenti, som er Spaniens største sociale netværk på "invite-only"-basis

  2. Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) og Martin Lorentzon (@MartinLorentzon) - grundlæggere af musikstreaming-tjenesten Spotify

  3. Kaj Hed (@RovioHQ) – chef for Rovio, som står bag Angry Birds

  4. Lars Hinrichs (@LarsHinrichs) – stifter og adm. direktør af pre-seed investeringsvirksomheden HackFwd

  5. Joanna Shields (@TechCityUK) adm. direktør og formand for Tech City Investment Organisation

  6. Reshma Sohoni (@rsohoni) – partner i SeedCamp, der er katalysator for næste generation af europæiske iværksættere

  7. Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten (@Boris) - en af de tre grundlæggere af The Next Web

  8. Niklas Zennström (@atomicoventures) – medstifter af Skype, Kazaa, Joltid, Joost og Atomico.

De øvrige dele af StartUp Europe er:

  1. Startup Europe-partnerskabet, som skal give adgang til ekspertise, mentorordninger, teknologi og tjenester

  2. Et EU accelerator-forum, som skal øge kendskabet til eksisterende acceleratorprogrammer

  3. Et crowdfunding-netværk, der etablerer forbindelse mellem eksisterende crowdfunding-platforme, især dem som er specialiseret i opstart af it-virksomheder

  4. At gøre ventureinvestorerne mere opmærksomme på internetvirksomhederne via deling af succeshistorier og netværksaktiviteter

  5. At fremme it-talenter ved at:

    a) styrke onlineplatforme for uddannelse såsom "Massive Online Open Courses” (åbne onlinekurser) for at afhjælpe manglen på it-udviklere

    b) anvende platforme for byttehandel, hvor it-iværksættere kan dele og udveksle færdigheder i hele Europa, og

    c) udforske muligheden for på europæisk niveau at etablere et samarbejde mellem ældre, erfarne kræfter og unge iværksættere, så de kan udveksle idéer og erfaringer.

Baggrund

It-iværksættere over hele verden har enorm indflydelse på økonomien og samfundet. Størstedelen af de nye job, der skabes, er i nystartede virksomheder, og 45 % af europæerne kunne godt tænke sig at være deres egen chef.

I USA skaber nystartede virksomheder hvert år samlet set tre mio. job i det første år, og vi skulle gerne opnå samme dynamik i EU.

Nyttige links

Den digitale dagsordens websted om Startup Europe

Sociale medier: @startupEU og #StartUpEurope

Den digitale dagsorden

Neelie Kroes' websted

Følg Neelie Kroes på Twitter

Kontaktpersoner:

Ryan Heath (+32 2 296 17 16), Twitter: @RyanHeathEU

Linda Cain (+32 2 299 90 19)

Biographies of Leaders Club members

Zaryn Dentzel is founder and CEO of Tuenti, Spain's largest 'invite-only' social network with over 12 million users. Dentzel originates from Santa Barbara, California and had his first go at social networking aged 21 when he co-created the political social network Essembly in the USA. He went to Spain at age 15 as an exchange student, to study diplomacy and Spanish Literature and has now become one of Spain's wealthiest and most famous young entrepreneurs thanks to the success and fast growth of Tuenti. His ambition is 'to change the way people consume information in Spain'. Tuenti was acquired by Telefonica on August 4, 2010 for €70 million.

Daniel Ek is a serial entrepreneur and technologist who started his first company in 1997 at the age of 14 and co-founded Spotify in 2006, together with Martin Lorentzon. He was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden where he still lives.

As the CEO of Spotify, Daniel's role is to guide the vision and strategy of the company as it grows. Leading the management team, Daniel is also responsible for nurturing a passionate working environment for everyone at Spotify.

Prior to Spotify, Daniel founded Advertigo, having previously held senior roles at Nordic auction company Tradera (acquired by Ebay). Daniel was also CTO at Stardoll, the fashion & entertainment community for tweens.

Kaj Hed is the majority owner and Chairman of the highly successful Rovio / Angry Birds. Kaj is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience of the international software business. He founded Trema (acquired by Wall Street Systems). A Finnish citizen, he was born in 1955. His first directorship was in 1995 with Trema Consulting Limited.

Lars Hinrichs is founder and CEO of HackFwd, a pre-seed investment company designed to support Europe´s software developers to launch great ideas. HackFwd supports Startup companies by accelerating "the route to beta, profitability, and success". HackFwd has an award winning portfolio and invests in companies such as Cobook, Infogram, Hike, Fantasyshopper and Yielkdkit. Lars' early passion for all things digital kick-started his entrepreneurial streak which began with "politik-digital.de", an award-winning platform for new media politics, launched when he was 22. His third major effort, XING, is a highly successful business networking platform. As Founder and CEO, Lars oversaw its 2006 IPO, making XING the world's first Web 2.0 company to go public

Martin Lorentzon first struck up his partnership with Daniel Ek when Tradedoubler, Europe's largest affiliate sales network (founded by Martin), acquired Daniel's company Advertigo in 2006. Previously, Martin held senior roles at Telia, Altavista, Cell Ventures and NetStrategy. Martin studied Economics at Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden and has extensive knowledge of building companies. As chairman of Spotify, Martin has been on the company’s board of directors since July 2006.

Joanna Shields is CEO of Tech City Investment Organisation. An American-British businesswoman, she was named UK's Business Ambassador for Digital Industries. Previously she was VP and Managing Director of Facebook Europe, Middle East and Africa. Previously, at AOL, she was Executive VP for People Networks, extending the global reach of AOL's social networks, by integrating Bebo, AIM, ICQ, and AOL's other community platforms, Goowy Media and Yedda,- reaching a combined 80 million users worldwide.

Reshma Sohoni is a Partner of SeedCamp, a new kind of incubator which aims to provide a catalyst for Europe’s next generation of entrepreneurs through the provision of seed capital and a world class network of mentors. Before SeedCamp, Reshma was part of the Venture team at 3i. Prior to 3i, Reshma spent over 3 years at Vodafone in their Commercial Strategy team, working across the Europe and Japan footprints in marketing strategy and pricing functions. Reshma's career started in the US in investment banking (Broadview) and venture capital (Softbank)
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten is a Dutch serial internet entrepreneur. He started his first company, V3 Redirect Services, in 1997. Two years later V3 was sold to Fortunecity.com which was about to go public on the Neuer Markt. In 2003, Boris started a Wi-Fi Hotspot operator in the Netherlands, HubHop, which he sold to KPN. He is one of three founders of The Next Web Conference, Blog and Incubator. He co-founded PressDoc and TwitterCounter
Niklas Zennström is a world famous internet entrepreneur who co-founded Skype, Kazaa, Joltid and Joost among other high-profile technology companies. He currently serves as CEO (and founding Partner) of ATOMICO, the international technology VC firm based in London. He also serves on the boards of Fon, Jolicloud, Rovio and Rdio.

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