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Bruselj, 21. marca 2013
EU želi več veljave za svoje podjetnike:
Ob misli na tehnologijo in podjetnike mnogi sicer najprej pomislijo na Silicijevo dolino v Združenih državah, Evropska komisija pa želi, da bi mladi Evropejci navdih iskali med domačimi podjetniki, da bodo njihove plodne zamisli vzkalile in ostale v Evropi.
Komisija ob pomoči ustvarjalcev Spotify, Angry Birds, Tuenti, Skype, SeedCamp, HackFwd, London's Tech City in TheNextWeb vzpostavlja platformo, prek katere bodo lahko znani podjetniki z zgodbami o navdihih in težavah svojega poklica mlade Evropejce in voditelje opozorili na potencial podjetniške poklicne poti.
„Evropejci morajo biti ustvarjalni in drzni. S takim pristopom je v EU nastalo veliko svetovno najbolj zanimivih spletnih in tehnoloških podjetij in želim, da se svet tega zaveda. Mladi podjetniki morajo imeti vzornike, mi pa jim moramo zagotoviti resnično enotni digitalni trg, na katerem bodo razvijali svoje zamisli“, je povedala Neelie Kroes, podpredsednica Evropske komisije.
„Klub vodilnih StartUp Europe“ je prva pobuda v okviru šestdelnega načrta Startup Europe, s katerim želi Evropska komisija pospešiti in povezati lokalne podjetniške ekosisteme v Evropi, da bi tehnološkim zagonskim podjetjem pomagala pri ustanavljanju in rasti v Evropi ter uveljavljanju na svetovni ravni.
Člani kluba vodilnih Startup Europe so živ dokaz, da je spletno podjetništvo lahko zelo obetavna poklicna pot. Neelie Kroes je ob tem dodala: „Ti ljudje niso izgubljali časa z besedami, temveč so svoje načrte uresničili. Zato jim morajo mladi in voditelji prisluhniti.“
Na primer, Spotify je zdaj razširjen že v 23 državah, prek Skypa se opravi tretjina mednarodnih klicev, Angry Birds pa je z več kot 250 milijoni aktivnih uporabnikov na mesec večji kot Twitter. Kljub temu je vse manj diplomantov IKT, število brezposelnih pa narašča. Podjetniki nam lahko pomagajo zapolniti te vrzeli.
Vodilni podjetniki (po abecednem vrstnem redu, za celoten življenjepis glej Prilogo) so:
Ostali elementi StartUp Europe so:
Spletni podjetniki imajo po vsem svetu velik vpliv na gospodarstvo in družbo. Večina novih delovnih mest nastaja v zagonskih podjetjih in 45 % Evropejcev si želi biti samozaposlenih.
Zagonska podjetja v ZDA v prvem letu poslovanja skupno ustvarijo tri milijone delovnih mest vsako leto. Tako dinamičnost si želimo tudi v EU.
Družbeni mediji: @startupEU in #StartUpEurope
Spremljajte komisarko Neelie Kroes na Twitterju
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.