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European Digital Forum Thought Leadership and Policy Network Exchange

Objective

The European Digital Forum (EDF) is a think tank led by the Lisbon Council and Nesta (secretariat). It was first proposed in the Startup Manifesto and later launched by European Commission Vice-President Kroes at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014. Its founding partners are European Investment Fund, Telefonica, BBVA and Orange. They provided seed funding to get the EDF off the ground but the financial resources are insufficient to execute the ambitious work programme envisioned by the secretariat.

The objectives of the EDF Thought Leadership and Policy Network Exchange (EDFx) are:

1) To scale up existing activities of the EDF, enabling greater policy impact and geographical reach
2) To pursue independent research aimed at highlighting ways to measure and improve the framework conditions for web entrepreneurs
3) To facilitate a deeper, more sustained exchange between the web community and policymakers, thereby informing and shaping public policy

The objectives will be achieved through high-level policy summits and fringe events at established tech fora; the development of a one-of-its-kind indicator to measure the quality of the startup ecosystem and a repository of best practices, as well as a hard-hitting communication and community-building strategy, including policy support and monitoring actions.

EDFx will operate at the intersection of web entrepreneurship (i.e. founders, investors) and public policy (i.e. politicians, civil servants), exploiting synergies between the two groups and engaging them in a future-oriented exchange. This dialogue will be placed squarely in a broader policy setting - underlining the significance of web entrepreneurship to innovation performance, growth and job creation - and will be underpinned by a dynamic, world-class research and outreach programme. The fact that EDFx will build on a successful project that is already underway will allow it to “hit the ground running” to achieve speedy impact and results.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/political policy/public policy
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/entrepreneurship

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

THE LISBON COUNCIL FOR ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS ASBL
Address
Rue De La Loi 155 Residence Palace Ipc
1040 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 330 250

Participants (2)

NESTA
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 308 848,75
Address
58 Victoria Embankment
EC4Y 0DS London
Activity type
Research Organisations
OPEN EVIDENCE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 36 000
Address
Avingunda Tibidabo 39
08035 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)