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Accelerate Europe!

EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas visited Copenhagen few days ago. In the open panel debate at Copenhagen University we discussed three ideas for the future EU policy after H2020: the link between research and education, mission-oriented research, and the European Innovation Council. In my intervention about the proposed innovation council I argued that something is missing: Europe is too weak when it comes to accelerators, and the Council could focus on building them. Accelerators are short-term programs (3-6 months) where cohorts of entrepreneurs receive training about how to develop their business plan. In so doing, they are put in contact with venture capitalists and business angels who might decide to invest in the new business. We need a decisive move to create and reinforce accelerators in all innovation eco-systems around Europe. As I said to the Commissioner: please, Accelerate Europe!

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