March 2016

The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard

How is Europe faring on startups? A lot has been spoken about the need to do more to improve the ecosystem for startups, entrepreneurs and “scale-up” organisations. But is anything really happening in the 28 European Union member states where progress most needs to be seen? In this ground-breaking study, the European Digital Forum looks at The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard: How European Union Countries are Improving Policy Frameworks and Developing Powerful Ecosystems for Entrepreneurs. The policy brief sets up a framework for tracking progress on the Startup Manifesto, a 22-action roadmap published in 2014 by eight leading European entrepreneurs. The product of a unique crowdsourcing exercise involving national experts in 25 countries, the new study looks at progress from a policymaking standpoint. Who is doing most to create a better environment for startups? And who needs to do more? The 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard was formally launched at CeBIT 2016, the global event for digital business in Hanover, Germany, in the presence of Günther Oettinger, European commissioner for digital economy and society, who joined the Opening Plenary hosted by the European Digital Forum.