Join us to discuss the most burning themes for startups to the Startup Policy Track at Slush. See policy-makers and founders discussing data, green era, AI, diversity, metaverse and the EU agenda.
When 17th of November 10:00-13:00
Where Siipi 102 @ Slush
Chairman of Danish Entrepreneurs opens the official policy startup track.
The data economy will become an ever greater force of European innovation and a key factor in the success of our startups - when given the right regulatory frameworks. With all the recent legislation on data (Data Act, AI Act, Data Governance Act), where do the startups stand and how will the new frameworks impact startups’ potential to innovate, grow and succeed?
Questions: What will happen if the EU restricts data-flows to third countries? Which EU mechanisms can support or stifle startups and SMEs? What will mandatory data sharing look like for startups? How will startups comply with the potential restrictions on transatlantic data flows and transferring data to third countries?
Green values have become the competitive advantage of many startups who are starting their companies with already embedded practices to be green. Startups are the frontrunners in disruptive innovations whether in tech or green transformation and their innovative solutions are needed to reach the climate goals. How can we foster green entrepreneurship and attract investments better? What barriers should be reduced across the EU for Europe to succeed in green transformation? Are there any incentives to invest more in green startups? What are the next steps for startups in a circular economy?
To keep our sights on the future, we need to look at the EU's agenda for the next few years. There are many legislative areas happening that are highly important to keep entrepreneurs and the startup ecosystem engaged with. How will the plans look from a startup perspective? How can we have startups better engaged in the EU discussions and have their voices heard in the policy-making process?
Artificial Intelligence will define the world we live in the future and it will boost research and industrial capacity in the EU. The EU’s approach to AI needs to connect to our values and fundamental rights whilst encouraging innovation and potential of startups. To have Europe the frontrunner in AI, what is needed to provide a clear and pragmatic framework for startups and encourage possibilities to sandbox experiment AI?
What are the great possibilities of AI? Can we develop a legislative arena to sandbox experiment AI? What are the future innovative boundaries? How to uncover the bias of harmful data in AI?
Diverse teams continuously perform better in terms of profitability and innovation however, the progress of having representation across different genders, ethnicities and cultures is slow. In the startup ecosystem, the slow progression shows negatively when looking at the investment gap in female or minority startup founders receiving funding and becoming entrepreneurs.
How can we support founders from underrepresented communities to create companies? How can we close the gap on investments and make incentives for creating diverse teams? What kind of solutions do we have to reduce marginalisation and social exclusion?
The metaverse will have a pioneering role in shaping our online experience and how we engage with each other. We are in the starting line to explore all the opportunities metaverse can have across industries and in our daily lives. Policy-makers, developers and entrepreneurs are all key stakeholders in writing the future policy playbook for metaverse which will have a tremendous potential to be unleashed.
What are the opportunities and risks in the policy area? How can we protect data and cyber security? What are the opportunities for startups within the metaverse? How can policy makers ensure the best conditions for startups to succeed in the area?
European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth chez European Commission Mariya Gabriel gives a closing keynote
When 17th of November 18:30-20:30
Where Maria 01 Helsinki