Q: What exactly is it that you are trying to achieve?
A: We are an alliance of some of the EU’s brightest and most exciting tech companies and our aim is simple - from across the industries we represent, we want to help EU policymakers understand how Europe is good at tech, and how tech is already contributing enormously to the economy both in terms of driving investment and creating highly skilled jobs. We want to share our experience of building tech companies in Europe, so that any legislation or regulation that the EU looks to introduce is thought-through and will help the EU tech sector scale up and enable us to compete on a global level.
Q: Why did you set up this Alliance?
A: The tech world is well represented in Brussels through various organisations and bodies - but surprisingly there is no one specific body that represents home-grown European tech companies that have recently found success and are now looking to scale up. From our own experience, we know that the EU has a lot to boast about in the tech world and a lot to be proud of - so we have come together to demonstrate this.
That being said, it is important that we recognise the global nature of the Internet. Many of our most successful European companies partner and work with tech businesses from all over the world - the ability to do so is often a key ingredient in our success. Moreover, the most successful tech entrepreneurs don’t think about their home market or even the European market. They think globally.
Q: What issues will you be working on?
A: The European Tech Alliance is a not trade association like many industry groups. We are a group of tech companies who have been built from European origins, from different sectors and at very different stages of growth. We want to open a line of communication between the European institutions and our representative group of companies to help each other understand the aims we are trying to achieve.
We want to provide evidence and assistance to the EU institutions and Member States on how EU tech is doing and help in building a regulatory framework that allows for growth. Our “raison d’être” is to act as a sounding board for the EU institutions and national governments.
Q: Where do you stand on the DSM?
A: The European Tech Alliance is an alliance of tech companies from across different sectors - so each individual company will have different priorities in relation to the DSM. What is clear, however, is that everything that comes out of the EU over the next few years will have an impact on all our respective sectors. We support the objectives of the DSM, and we love the fact that the DSM looks at digital as an opportunity rather than a threat. We too want to ensure that Europe is an active player in the global digital economy, and we will work with the institutions to ensure that this goal can be achieved.
Q: Aren’t there enough coalitions/groupings etc. for tech companies in Europe?
It is true that Brussels has many coalitions and trade associations - and each plays an important and unique role in the Brussels ecosystem. There is, however, a clear gap in terms of representation of companies that were built from the ground-up in Europe. And that’s where the European Tech Alliance comes in. We want to use our collective experience to feed into the process of strengthening Europe’s digital economy, creating the right environment for young European tech companies to scale up efficiently and compete globally.