Scale-Up Europe initiative launched today from STATION F

The initiative aims at removing the last barrer for the emergence of more scale-ups in Europe and will focus on four key topics: talent, funding, deep tech and corporate relations.

Cédric O, French Minister of State for Digital Transition and Telecommunications, launched today at STATION F the Scale-Up Europe initiative, announced by President Emmanuel Macron in December. The project, which gathers more than 150 scaleup founders, investors, researchers, corporate CEOs and government officials aims at defining an actionable strategy and roadmap on scaling the European tech ecosystem to the next level.

This first of its kind initiative will focus on the four key topics to make more scale-ups emerge in Europe: talent, investment, startup-corporate collaboration and deep tech. Gathered by a series of partners, the members will collectively meet and discuss to bring out practical recommendations to be presented to the French President in June. These measures will then be pushed during the French presidency of the European Union in 2022.


During today’s launch event, the leaders of each theme have uncovered the challenges to be tackled in the final proposals. In an ecosystem that has been transformed by the pandemic and where digitalization hits new all-time records, Europe could take a new advantage. Despite the crisis, the continent as a whole has remained really attractive and the unprecedented EU stimulus program will boost investment further, with for example 7 billion euros dedicated to the digital transition in France. A coordinated European action is now required to move forward and succeed in the field.

“Developing the tech industry has been one of our top priorities since this government came into power. By supporting those who create and innovate, European governments strengthen their sovereignty, accelerate technological progress and support startups that create jobs everywhere. Despite the crisis, Europe’s tech ecosystems have remained very resilient and attractive, reaching unprecedented levels in terms of capital raised. The Scale up Europe initiative will enable us to go one step further and to identify concrete actions to accelerate the rise of global tech giants born in Europe.” announces Cédric O, French Minister of State for Digital Transition and Telecommunications.


Scale-Up Europe members include Cédric O (French Minister of State for Digital Transition and Telecommunications), Niklas Zennström (Founding Partner and CEO, Atomico), Lukasz Gadowski (CEO, Team Europe), Ersilia Vaudo Scarpetta (Chief People Officer, ESA), Adrien Nussenbaum (Co-Founder & CEO, Mirakl), Mariya Gabriel (European Commissioner for Innovation), Jean-Charles Samuelian (Co-Founder & CEO, Alan), Markus Villig (Founder & CEO, Bolt), Daniel Dines (CEO, UI Path), Taavet Hinrikus (Co-Founder & CEO, Wise), Maximilian Tayenthal (Co-Founder, N26), Nigel Toon (CEO, Graphcore), Jan Goetz (CEO & Co-Founder, IQM), David Nothacker (CEO & Co-Founder, Sennder), and many more.

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