No blocking research data, please http://t.co/WvuCuxM7vI— Susana Borras (@SusanaBorras) March 11, 2014
Final non paper The European Parliament and the European Council are currently debating a new legislation about data protection. In the aftermath of Snowden’s affair and in the dawn of the big data era, there is currently a tendency in the political debate towards maximizing personal protection. This is indeed an important matter, and a necessary debate. Individual persons’ data protection is crucial, and the legislation must protect individual citizens. However the debate needs to be rebalanced a bit, because an obsessive and excessive individual data protection might end up harming the individuals and societies in unexpected ways.
This is the case of research data that is linked to civil register data. This type of data is mostly used for medical research. The Scandinavian countries have traditionally had a very comprehensive civil register data about their citizens. This data is combined with quite extensive medical data on these citizens, which comes typically from biobanks (tissue, blood, cancer tumor, etc). The scientific benefits of this data are undeniable. Several examples can be seen in a recent Danish non-paper.
The massive amount of individual citizens used in this type of research data makes virtually impossible to ask for individual consent to each of these persons. The size of the data is precisely what makes this data scientifically relevant and valuable. For that reason, the Scandinavian countries current legal framework does not request individual consent, but secures personal data protection through other legal mechanisms. These mechanisms are: a strict regulatory framework about the conditions under which the data can be used, an authorization and monitoring system that controls effectively this use, and a high level of law enforcement in these countries with an effective judicial system.
Members of the European Council and of the European Parliament must acknowledge the risk of enforcing a “one-size-fits-all” requirement of individual consent throughout Europe and throughout all types of data. The risk is actually killing an indispensable source of large-scale data for medical research that has put Europe at the forefront of medical scientific successes worldwide.
There are many types of data. And there are many ways and purposes for using data. Do not block research data, please.
In the wake of the crisis in Ukraine, CEPS fellow Julian Wieczorkiewicz was interviewed by the Wall Street... http://t.co/F6ouZQ2IOl— CEPS (@CEPS_thinktank) March 17, 2014
2013 Colorado Startup Report: Over $1B Generated through Exits [infographic] | Built In Colorado http://t.co/zxzFz9jKVW— David Cohen (@davidcohen) March 9, 2014
Worldwide Lean Startup Challenge — FounderSensei http://t.co/IfUqOM5RiW— David Cohen (@davidcohen) March 14, 2014
One of the foremost experts on accelerators on this planet, Jon Bradford has worked with both tiny private and huge corporation-backed startup accelerators. This op-ed is about the latter ones.
Editor’s note: this is the first editorial contribution from Jon Bradford, one of the co-founders of Tech.eu but also managing director of Techstars London and a world-renowned expert on startup accelerators.
Rather fittingly, it was published from the first ever Accelerator Assembly being held in Madrid today and organised by the European Commission in partnership with a number of stakeholders from all over the continent.
Like moths to a flame and with cyclical predictability, corporates are drawn to venture capital with very mixed results. And with equal predictability, most will subsequently retreat in order to focus on their core business...
...However, highlighting how injustice can be redressed through purchases enhances fair-trade support under conditions of high need. The effects are moderated by justice sensitivity factors, such as just-world beliefs and whether the product type (indulgence vs. necessity) makes the injustice of consumer privilege salient. The results suggest that communicating high need when requesting consumer prosocial actions can sometimes backfire. Marketers employing high need appeals should heighten perceptions of justice restoration potential and activate fairness-related thoughts through product positioning to encourage fair-trade purchases....
17 March 2014, 19.00
Munich City Hilton
These Masterclasess are your opportunity to experience the sort of teaching our students enjoy on our MSc programmes taught in London.
— Rhiannon MacDonnell (@Rhiannon) February 14, 2014
Forbes (2/25/2014): Each March marks the start of the annual pilgrimage of 30,000+ of the best and brightest minds in technology and digital creativity to Austin, Texas, for the high octane, idea-incubating fest that is South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) – the largest conference of its kind...
Make Yourself BIG: How the Body Shapes the Mind (Amy Cuddy, Harvard Business School)
What Drives Word of Mouth? (Jonah Berger, The Wharton School, Univ of Penn)
(UPDATE - it was the Enterprise and Big Data category (sorry, busy day))
Entrepreneur & Investor. Chamberi Valley. Founder at IMASTE (acq. by ON24 Inc) & Multivent. Mentor @ Wayra,IE biz school,Seedrocket. Proud dad. IVLP alumni
BA - Business Angel
SEIS - www.hmrc.gov.uk/seedeis/
+100 y copien SEIS plis RT @diegomarino: Menos craudfondin y más marco para que los BAs puedan crear syndicates...— Miguel Arias (@mike_arias) March 1, 2014
Chamberi Valley supports the EU Startup Manifesto http://t.co/T2CpBRcnkx— chamberi valley (@chamberivalley) October 9, 2013
Berlin, 13th January, 2014 - Delivery Hero, the largest global provider of online and mobile food ordering technology for restaurants and consumers, today announced a Series E financing of $88 million led by Insight Venture Partners. The company will primarily use the funds to fuel growth in its existing markets and expanding its position as an innovation leader.
Techcrunch, January , Chalk up another play for scale in the world of online takeout services: Delivery Hero, the German-based startup with operations across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, is today announcing a $88 million round of investment. The Series E funding, led by new investor Insight Venture Partners, will take the total funding for Delivery Hero close to $200 million raised since first opening for business in 2010.
Delivery Hero now offers delivery for 55,000 restaurants across 14 countries (Germany, Sweden, UK, Korea, China and India being the biggest markets), and it says that has delivered food to some 6 million consumers, generating over ($0.5B ) $500 million in annual sales for its restaurant partners...
Launch with us and join the Hub, launchub.com
LAUNCHub is a seed fund supporting the most promising entrepreneurs and digital startups in South and Eastern Europe.
Our investments vary up to 200 K Euro and we also run a mentor-led programme helping young entrepreneurs grow their business faster.
How-to guide: funding your social enterprise with and without money http://t.co/TsyH6UAs3y— Guardian Money (@guardianmoney) February 10, 2014
"The Agenda adopts 32 key indicators which comprise both the Digital Agenda goals for Europe and additional specific goals for Spain."
+ IE Venture Network + Area 31 + Passion>IE
IE VENTURE NETWORK BOGOTÁ https://t.co/j24QZ8dkep— Juan J Güemes (@juanjguemes) January 24, 2014
Will be in 10 mn on #bloombergtv to comment on Hollande's trip to Silicon Valley— J-David CHAMBOREDON (@isai_fr) February 10, 2014
The European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering is an independent non-profit organisation of national academies of Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology from 21 European countries. It was founded in 1992 upon French initiative by the members of CADAS (Conseil pour les Applications de l’Académie des Sciences). The Executive Committee meets four times a year. The Board meets twice a year. Euro-CASE acts as a permanent forum for exchange and consultation between European Institutions, Industry and Research.
Through its Member academies, Euro-CASE has access to top expertise (around 6,000 experts) and provides impartial, independent and balanced advice on technological issues with a clear European dimension to European Institutions, national Governments, companies and organisations.
EU-Startups.com (Unofficial) was founded on October of 2010. We cover Internet and Mobile startups out of the European Union and the European continent. Aside of our focus on young companies we also profile established firms or publish other news out of the tech-space that have a commercial or cultural impact on startups in Europe. Our vision is it to connect the European startup scene and to encourage entrepreneurship within Europe.
"Countries should spend at least 4 or 5 per cent on R&D, said Barrett. He pointed to the example of Israel, which has excelled in technology and which spends a higher proportion of its GDP on R&D."
Ireland needs to increase spend on innovation, warns ex-Intel boss. But does this mean we give more to universities? http://t.co/1jwvFTNP90— Karl Aherne (@karlaherne) February 3, 2014
Guide from April 2013:
Northern Ireland's Knowledge Economy Infographic: http://t.co/vOTuYSfXNi— Launchbox (@TCDLaunchbox) 26 Novembre 2013
My new op-ed argues why creativity and innovation is perhaps best brought by staying away from info tech http://t.co/IwhJSUynhx— Terence Tse (@Terencecmtse) January 22, 2014
Retweeted by @Terencecmtse
...Mazzini was an early advocate of a "United States of Europe" about a century before the European Union began to take shape. For him, European unification was a logical continuation of Italian unification...
Mazzini was an original, if not very systematic, political thinker. He put forward principled arguments in support of various progressive causes, from universal suffrage and social justice to women’s enfranchisement. Perhaps most fundamentally, he argued for a reshaping of the European political order on the basis of two seminal principles: democracy and national selfdetermination. These claims were extremely radical in his time, when most of continental Europe was still under the rule of hereditary kingships and multinational empires...
6 Dec 2013
As Tech City marks its third year, the government has welcomed a new report (pdf) published today (6 December 2013) which highlights the rapid growth of Tech City, from a local initiative created 3 years ago to establishing itself as the digital capital of Europe. Independently produced figures from the report highlight how London tech companies are contributing to economic growth, inward investment and high value jobs across the country.
www.siliconrepublic.com/start-ups/ (not just Dublin)
My answer to If someone here could enlighten about good tech startups in Dublin both mid and small sized? (I am curr… http://t.co/sPwIAp36ZZ— David Scanlon (@ei_dscanlon) January 24, 2014
Now available for download: Science Europe Roadmap! http://t.co/7eLFYlUtSe— IrishResearchCouncil (@IrishResearch) January 22, 2014
UPC launches 250Mb broadband for businesses: Broadband provider UPC has revealed a new 250Mb internet service ... http://t.co/Oz85owUkUt— SiliconRepublic (@siliconrepublic) January 15, 2014
Catch up: Tech business week: Five Irishmen make Forbes 30 Under 30 list, EC proposes SEPA transition period http://t.co/nXRWTc9Xga— SiliconRepublic (@siliconrepublic) January 13, 2014
The Eurozone crisis has raised doubts about the rationale which underpinned the creation of the single currency. Tal Sadeh writes that despite early difficulties in accurately quantifying the trade benefits brought about by the euro, recent research shows that it has more than doubled trade among its member states. Moreover, while the Eurozone crisis has created more substantial problems in Southern Europe, the trade benefits derived from the single currency have been disproportionately larger in Eurozone periphery states.
With all the above in mind, newly published research provides strong evidence that the euro indeed has more than doubled trade among its Member States. Chart 1 shows that the euro’s trade effect did not begin to kick in until 2001, but by 2006 it added up to more than 100 per cent among members of the Eurozone and more than 40 per cent between members of the Eurozone and non-members (whether members of the EU or not).
Tal Sadeh – Tel Aviv University
Tal Sadeh is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Head of the Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University. He is also Co-President of the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration. His research interests include international political economy, the political economy of the EU (in particular the single currency and EU-Israeli relations) and international institutions and governance structures
Tech leaders, global corporations, universities and financial institutions have joined the European Commission in two initiatives to nurture Europe's tech and digital startups into global internet companies.
Vice President Neelie Kroes today launched a new accelerator – the Startup Europe Partnership – and a new think tank - the European Digital Forum - at the World Economic Forum in Davos. "Europe needs thriving startups and global internet companies to become a global growth centre again,” Kroes said.
Founding partners of these projects are: Telefonica, Orange, BBVA, European Investment Bank, Cambridge University, IE Business School, Humboldt University, the Lisbon Council, Nesta and Mind the Bridge Foundation.
The Startup Europe Partnership will help start-ups break through their national glass ceiling into global maturity. Its secretariat will be led by the Mind the Bridge Foundation, a non-profit corporation and Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation...
Holy Tech Batman! — Can The European Commission Be A Startup Super Hero? http://t.co/uHexoaZSim (what do you think of their ideas?)— Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) January 5, 2014
For Your Diary — The Best European Events For Startups In 2014 http://t.co/xBqOU6xI5j (by me)— Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) January 5, 2014
Just updated my About.me page, though even I'm not entirely sure why... http://t.co/SJqghCc9gt— Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) January 5, 2014
Executive Summary (PDF, 8 pages):
96% of EU citizens agree important that inventors creators and performing artists can protect rights and be paid for their work #EUIPstudy— OHIM (@OAMITWEETS) November 25, 2013
Two top thinkers in the fields of innovation and intellectual property from the Haas School have contributed articles to a new special issue of California Management Review (CMR), the school’s peer-reviewed business journal.
The special summer 2013 issue on intellectual property management was published in collaboration with the European Patent Office.
In one article, Professor David Teece, faculty director of the Haas School's Institute for Business Innovation, stresses the importance of integrating intellectual property (IP) management into corporate strategy and business model design...
Open Innovation (Wikipedia) - Chesbrough
The central idea behind open innovation is that, in a world of widely distributed knowledge, companies cannot afford to rely entirely on their own research, but should instead buy or license processes or inventions (i.e. patents) from other companies. In addition, internal inventions not being used in a firm's business should be taken outside the company (e.g. through licensing, joint ventures or spin-offs).
The open innovation paradigm can be interpreted to go beyond just using external sources of innovation such as customers, rival companies, and academic institutions, and can be as much a change in the use, management, and employment of intellectual property as it is in the technical and research driven generation of intellectual property.
(The Centre for European Reform is a think-tank devoted to making the European Union work better and strengthening its role in the world. The CER is pro-European but not uncritical )
Hugo Brady – Centre for European Reform
Hugo Brady is a Senior Research Fellow and Brussels representative for the Centre for European Reform, specialising in EU institutions, justice and home affairs, and Britain’s European debate. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the LSE’s European Institute (www.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute)
Hugo Brady: It’s time for European governments to embrace a real reform agenda for the EU http://t.co/5Gez7ThBsv— LSE EUROPP blog (@LSEEuroppblog) December 7, 2013
...we propose bringing national parliaments more fully into the EU policy sphere by giving them greater powers to block, repeal or request European legislation. We think the time is right to establish a formal assembly of national parliaments in Brussels where their nominees could monitor deals made by EU leaders and hold them to account in areas where the EP has little power, such as foreign policy. This would improve the transparency of deal-making at EU summits, while helping national parliaments to think more in the European interest.
In addition, we think that MEPs should submit major amendments to legislation to impact assessment boards so that their likely consequences can be made plain before negotiations with the governments begin....
The lectures are designed to be self-sufficient, but learning would be enhanced by reading the following publications (illustrative, yet non-comprehensive examples):
30 students from six local high schools, selected with the support of Comunidad de Madrid discuss our Europe in 2030 on a two-day workshop in Madrid. The highlight is a visit of the Palace of Zarzuela in the morning, where the students and organizers will meet with Her Royal Highness and have the opportunity for an exchange of views.
The other half of the day the workshop takes place in the IE University. The high school students discuss about current European topics with different high-profile speakers. The president of the University, Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño informs them about European Higher Education. Prof. Phillip Bagus, Professor for Economics at the University of Madrid, talks about Europe and the euro, and Jesús Sotero Fernández Caballero, Deputy Director for International Affairs, Immigration and Aliens Policy reports on ´Europe without borders´. Rosa Duce Tello, Chief Economist PBC Spain, Deutsche Bank SAE, gives a lecture about the Spanish economy. After a working group sessions with university students, the results of the group work will be presented in a plenary session. A guided tour through the campus will close the day.
On the second day (“Journalism Day”) the students are invited to visit the premises of the El País newspaper and to gain insight into news and essay writing. They will join a tutorial about the cooperation with other European newspapers. High-profile journalists will prepare them for the international writing contest.
Patron of the event: José Ignacio Wert Ortega, Spanish Minister of Education, Culture and Sport
Cooperation partners: Comunidad de Madrid and IE University
Media partner: El País
More information: Agenda My Europe (PDF, 1 page)
The Frankfurter Zukunftsrat (future think tank) and the Institute for Corporate Culture Affairs (ICCA) (Wikipedia) initiated the international youth project “My Europe” which aims at fostering awareness, curiosity, critical thinking, and above all, a sense of community and collective responsibility among Europe’s youth and its future. The initiative brings together students, political figures, business leaders, academics and media representatives in a unique series of workshops all over Europe – 28 European Union countries and Turkey and Switzerland. These two-day events offer the students, aged between 15 and 20, an unprecedented opportunity to listen, discuss and interact directly with the respective high-profile experts on a wide range of European issues. The final stage of a workshop is an international writing contest.
The 2013 State of the European Union Report recently surveyed 1,500 executives inside and outside Europe. Of these leaders, 61 percent are pessimistic about Europe’s economic future, compared to 52 percent last year. Eighty-two percent see a gap between Europe’s competitiveness and that of other regions, and 49 percent believe this gap will increase over the next decade. To bridge that gap, 88 percent believe that the EU needs to take urgent action, such as negotiating stronger trade relationships...
Join me on Wed for an online debate about entrepreneurship in the EU. How can we improve? What can we learn from USA? http://t.co/HmeGYulc7b— Martin Varsavsky (@martinvars) September 24, 2013
PRESS RELEASE, 3 July 2013
EIB Prize for excellence in economic and social research awarded for the first time
The European Investment Bank (EIB) Prize, launched this year, is an award created by the EIB Institute to recognise and stimulate excellence in economic and social research, its implementation and diffusion. The first EIB Prizes are awarded to two candidates in recognition of their research on the topic of the prize: “Growth, employment and convergence, with applications to the European Union”. This year’s “Outstanding Contribution Award” will go to Prof. Dr Klaus F. Zimmermann from the University of Bonn and Director of the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA). Prof. Dr Elias Papaioannou, from the London Business School, will receive the 2013 “Young Economist Prize”. Both laureates were honoured for their research that has led to a better understanding of the forces at work in Europe and of suitable policy prescriptions.
The EIB Prize will be presented by EIB President Werner Hoyer and Professor Christopher Pissarides, chair of the jury, during the award ceremony to be held in Warsaw on 19 September 2013.
For more information on the EIB Prize: http://institute.eib.org/programmes/knowledge-2/eib-prize/
Berkman Center For Internet & Society at Harvard University, June 23, 2013.
Authored by Félix Tréguer (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS))Download from SSRN
This case study is part of an ongoing series developed in support of a larger text on interoperability by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems (Basic Books, June 2012).
The book is an extension of their 2007 study and paper, “Breaking Down Digital Barriers: When and How ICT Interoperability Drives Innovation” (Berkman Center Research Publication, 2007). Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems focuses on the relationship between interoperability and innovation in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) environment and beyond. Palfrey and Gasser seek to sharpen the definition of interoperability and identify its relevance for consumers, companies, governments, and the public by examining its driving forces and inhibitors, while considering how it can best be achieved, and why.
You can download this case study at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2148543
Can Europe Regain Its Once-Competitive Edge?, July 17, 2013
The continent has educated talent, a huge population, and massive wealth. It also has rigid labour laws, crushing tax systems and a bias against risk-taking.
It’s easy to blame “structural rigidities” for what is perceived today as a lack of competitiveness in Europe. But that is only a small part of the reality which businessmen see as impediments to economic growth, according to panelists gathered at INSEAD’s second annual Global Business Leaders Conference – “Europe: Converging on Competitiveness.” (Europe: Converging on Competitiveness Friday 28 June 2013 OECD Conference Centre Paris, France)...
July 11, 2013, blogs.ec.europa.eu/neelie-kroes/improve-billionaire-company-europe/, "Guest post - how the next big billionaire company can come from Europe"
"European higher education in the world"
COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS