Alice Iordache

Research Associate and Senior Community Manager

European Commission, ‘Scale-Ups Are the New Corporates’

In a blog post on the new Start-Ups and Scale-Ups Initiative by the European Commission, Günther Oettinger, European commissioner for digital economy and society, writes: “Based on input from the startup community, and not least from the Scale Up manifesto, the Commission today presents a ‘Startup and scale up initiative’…I recommend you read the manifesto for inspiration, comment on it and spread its messages to governments, the private sector, academia or startup founders.”


Bloomberg, ‘European Central Bank Said to Redouble Economic Reform Push With Task Force’

Bloomberg quotes research results from The Euro Plus Monitor Spring 2016 Update, the latest instalment of the bi-annual competitiveness ranking of 18 eurozone countries published by the Lisbon Council and Berenberg. It writes, “An aggregate indicator of the “reform drive” of the region fell to 3.3 in 2015 from 4.3 the previous year, according to a study by the Lisbon Council, a think tank, and Berenberg bank.”


Forbes, ‘Neelie Kroes on Women, Startups and the Digital Agenda’

In an article dedicated to Neelie Kroes, special envoy for startups at StartUpDelta and former European Commission vice-president for the digital agenda, Forbes quotes research results from The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard and the European Digital Cities Index, two flagship research projects by the European Digital Forum. It writes, “Since January 2015, under Kroes’s leadership and vast network, along with the efforts of Director Sigrid Johannisse and her team, StartUpDelta’s first phase catapulted the Netherlands onto center stage, going from nowhere (literally) to no. 4 in the EU according to Compass (2015), no. 1 on the Startup Nations Scoreboard, no. 1 and no. 2 for both startups and scale-ups on the Digital Cities Index, and becoming the fifth fastest-growing ecosystem in the world.”


EU Observer, ‘How Europe Can Harness its Digital Economy’

Paul Hofheinz, president and co-founder of the Lisbon Council, publishes an article on How Europe can harness its digital economy, on the EU Observer. Drawing on the results of a recent Boston Consulting Group study, he writes: “A fully functioning digital single market could in the frontrunner countries result in a GDP growth rate almost twice that of today, placing them among the fastest growing economies in the world.”


Project Syndicate, ‘Why Europe Needs to Double Its Energy Efficiency Commitments’

Paul Hofheinz, president and co-founder of the Lisbon Council, publishes an insightful and hard-hitting article on Project Syndicate, calling the European Union to set ambitious but attainable energy efficiency targets that will force individuals and industry to make real changes. He writes “The European Commission should set ‘moon-shot’ standards that push us to higher achievements than we once thought possible. If Europe can double its energy efficiency by 2030, Europeans will look back and wonder how they ever lived differently.”


PRESS RELEASE Lisbon Council Co-Founds New Global Alliance

The Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal today announced that it is a founding member of the newly launched Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance, an international network of think tanks dedicated to encouraging governments to play proactive roles in spurring innovation and promoting greater global trade integration. The Alliance includes 10 founding members from Europe, the Americas and Asia. It will continue to add new members in coming months.


Telefonica Public Policy Blog,”About Green Shoots, White Walkers, Startups and Scaleups”

In its Public Policy Blog, Telefónica publishes an article on the findings of From Startups to Scale-Ups: Growing Europe’s Digital Economy, a hard-hitting policy brief on how to scale-up European businesses. The paper was launched in Startup Summit 2016 in Berlin by the European Digital Forum.