Innovation and Entrepreneurship Changing the Face of Europe

Written by Nicholas Zylberglajt, co-founder and Vice-President of EYIF

Nicholas Zylberglajt

Nicholas Zylberglajt is co-founder and Vice-President of EYIF

90 years ago my grandparents fled Poland to France and then to Uruguay looking for a better future and to heal the wounds from World War II. Fast forward to 2015 and I will visit Poland for the first time, returning to my roots to launch the Youth Innovation Week. On 26th June I will arrive to Warsaw to talk about the European future we can build together alongside those who have a major role in rebuilding a continent thus far and who have lost confidence in recent years: the young innovators and entrepreneurs.

Since its foundation in 2010, the European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF) has been working with all the key actors in the European tech and innovation ecosystems with one clear vision summed up in three words: ‘think-do-change’. The inaugural Youth Innovation Week is the beginning of the realisation of the final stage – change.

In the last 5 years, we have indeed seen a boom in innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe. It´s not only about London-Paris-Berlin, but also Stockholm, Helsinki, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, not to mention the emerging Central and Eastern European ecosystems like Warsaw, Kracòw or Tallinn. Investment in early-stage companies has increased by 600% in the past half-decade. Europe has never seen so many “unicorns” (billion dollar companies) as in the last year.

“StartUp” is the word on everyone’s lips. European leaders are looking for ways to nurture entrepreneurial spirit and big companies are promoting startup engagement as a simple means to access innovation. Initiatives such as French Tech, Tech Nation or StartUp Delta, or the hundreds of StartUp competitions we see all across the Member States indicate the eagerness to ride the startup wave. However, none of this engagement is happening at the European level. The European Commission is propping up the movement with the Digital Single Market strategy and it’s StartUp Europe initiative, but it cannot be the leading voice.

Leading from the front in the European startup ecosystem is what EYIF has done in its campaign #DisruptEuropeYear, for which the Youth Innovation Week is the flagship event. From 26th – 30th June, Europe will witness 5 events in 5 European cities over the course of 5 days, focusing on developments and trends in youth innovation relevant to the local ecosystems. With these activities, we will draw attention to what is needed on both a local and European level to encourage the development of European startups and foster growth and youth innovation. Beginning in Warsaw and visiting Cluj, Nicosia and Barcelona before finishing in London, we will set the stage for the annual gathering of startups and innovators in Brussels — Unconvention 2015 (1st – 3rd July) — which, this year focuses on “Game Changers: Growth Hacking and Scaling-Up”.

In the coming week, Brussels will be revolutionised by the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship bred into the city by young entrepreneurs from across the continent. From panel discussions with top startups, experts and mentors, to the first new images from the Philae comet and the award of the ‘European Young Innovator of the Year’, for three days Brussels will be the capital of Europe´s innovative spirit. 90 years later, it is no longer the Europe that my grandparents knew, but a Europe that we young entrepreneurs and innovators are changing for the better.

About the author

Nicholas was born in Montevideo, Uruguay from a French father and an Uruguayan mother in 1983. He grew up in Montevideo and at the age of 18 moved to France to study at the famous French University “Sciences Po” in Paris where he got a Bachelor in Latin American Studies at and a Masters in International Relations and Conflict Resolution.

Nicholas has been living in Brussels since September 2006 where, as most of the newly arrived people in Brussels, he arrived to spend six months for an internship. He stayed at the French Permanent Representation to the EU until 2009 when he moved to the European Parliament to become the political advisor to the French MEP, Damien Abad. In July 2011, he joined the EPP Group to become the first ever Social Media Coordinator of the largest political group in the European Parliament.

Nicholas is a co-founder and Vice-President of EYIF. He believes that Europe has a strong potential in its Youth, who needs to be inspired again and feel confident in the opportunities the future can bring to them.  Nicholas likes traveling, meeting new people, football and Opera. He has a certain tendency to prefer warm weather but has found in Brussels a good compromise for the rest.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

EU adopts rebalancing measures in reaction to US steel and aluminium tariffs

Italy’s M.Renzi and Germany’s S. Gabriel veto austerity, ask EU leaders to endorse growth measures

Christmas spending: Who can afford not to cut?

Direction Wakanda: finance methods to make Africa a superhero continent

Women’s empowerment ‘essential to global progress’ says Guterres, marking International Day

How farms are getting closer to consumers in the pandemic

Central African Republic militia leader and football executive, transferred to ICC

OECD and European Commission join forces to further support structural reforms in European countries

What’s the difference between carbon negative and carbon neutral?

‘Crimes against humanity,’ ‘war crimes’ and risk of new ethnic violence in DR Congo, warn UN experts

This chart shows the fall in coal-power plants being planned around the world

Scotland and First Minister Salmond enter the most challenging battlefield for independence: Europe

Sustainable development demands a broader vision, says new OECD Development Centre report

COP24: World sports join team UN in race against climate change

Brussels terrorist attacks: Schengen in danger once again while leaders gather Europe’s multiple broken pieces

When is Berlin telling the truth about the EU banking union?

The European Parliament wants to stay in one place

New research reveals the true extent of corruption in fisheries

Trump ostracized by his party and world elites but still remains in course; how can he do it?

This chart shows the total number of COVID-19 cases and recoveries so far

The world needs carbon-neutral flying. Here’s how to bring it one step closer

Soccer is back with strict COVID-19 rules. Here’s what you need to know

This Dutch company has devised an innovative way to deal with food waste

Parental leave: why we can’t wait a century for equal rights for women

Countries must invest at least 1% more of GDP on primary healthcare to eliminate glaring coverage gaps

This man ran across the USA to raise awareness of plastic pollution

Business leaders must now turn positive ESG talk into long-term results

Rule of Law: European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

Parliament adopts its position on digital copyright rules

These countries have some of the highest voter turnout in the world

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Safeguarding civilians, strengthening Ebola response in DR Congo, marking Fistula Day, updates on CAR and Syria

The US calls off globalization, targets Germany. Paris offer to Berlin comes at a cost

Humanitarian aid: €7 million for disaster preparedness in Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region

How to create responsible supply chains in the age of globalization 4.0

Scale of displacement across Myanmar ‘very difficult to gauge’, says UN refugee agency

Gaza probe finds ‘reasonable grounds’ Israeli forces committed international human rights violations

Free flow of non-personal data: Parliament approves EU’s fifth freedom

The fatal consequences of troika’s blind austerity policy

Increased levels of carbon dioxide could reduce brainpower, study finds

A day in the life of a refugee: the wait

Coronavirus response: Team Europe supports Somalia with three EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights

A Sting Exclusive: “Cybersecurity Act for a cyber-bulletproof EU”, by EU Vice-President Ansip

COVID-19: MEPs fear impact on justice system and threat to rule of law

It will take a lot more than free menstrual pads to end period poverty

IMF’s Lagarde: Ukraine must fight corruption

Top UN political official updates Security Council on Iran nuclear deal

COVID-19 is likely to increase youth unemployment in Africa, this is how business can mitigate the damage

Bacterial resistance: the significant worldwide problem

4 views on the shape of global cooperation in the time of COVID-19

Negative inflation hits Eurozone, ECB to print and distribute one trillion euro earlier than expected

These countries are leading the way in green finance

Young migrants: Is Europe creating a lost generation?

These chefs are fighting hunger and poverty with gastronomy

Tropical Cyclone Idai affects 1.5 million across Mozambique and Malawi, as UN ramps up response

A Sting Exclusive: Disaster risk resilience, key to protecting vulnerable communities

How COVID-19 shows the urgent need to address the cyber poverty gap

Europe and UN form bulwark against ‘might makes right’ worldview, EU foreign affairs chief tells Security Council

Safety fits into our palms: The role of mobile technology in healthcare systems and life saving

Aluminium can help to build the circular economy. Here’s how

Will COVID-19 usher in a new culture of outdoor living and dining?

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s