Sparking innovation in Europe
The need to spark innovation invites many questions in this policy area including:
How could EU research and innovation funds engage the most innovative EU actors?
I don't know much about the research side of things, but on the commercial innovation side I think that the funds could help by encouraging the last generation of entrepreneurs to re-invest, teach and help the new generation. Maybe speak to the founders of Skype, Bebo, Playfish and find out what they think. Could tax credits, infrastructure support or something else help?
How can they attract new and small research organisations, SMEs and young researchers and entrepreneurs ?
There is little to no knowledge of EU level support amongst fellow consumer web entrepreneurs in London. Those that know about it tend to think of government support as bureaucratic, time consuming and geared towards technical or academic research rather than consumer or commercial web startups. Is this a fair assessment? If not, how could the perceptions be changed? Could the EU funds help support more incubator programmes (like YCombinator, Seedcamp, etc) in Europe? Once again, partnering with successful entrepreneurs would be crucial on this.