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High-Level Roundtable: European Startups and Data-Driven Business Models

Date: 13 November 2014
Location: Brussels, Belgium, 9:30 - 12:15
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13 November, 2014 - Résidence Palace, 155 rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels, BELGIUM


The rise of "big data" – massive volumes of diverse data accumulating at an astonishing rate – and the proliferation of simple data analytics tools and software offer unprecedented opportunities for startups and entrepreneurs. These days, more often than not, data is at the heart of many startups, allowing companies to deliver powerful new products to customers, often built around innovative business models. Thanks to their dynamism and agility, young companies are uniquely placed to experiment with big data and develop the novel, innovative and creative data-driven solutions that will define success in the 21st century economy.

This high-level roundtable will explore data-driven business models being adopted by startups in Europe, and engage top policymakers and experts in a discussion on the way forward. The sessions will be intellectually underpinned by Data-Driven Startups in the 21st Century, a new research study to be launched at the high-level roundtable. The report explores opportunities along the big data value chain – from data collection and data analytics to data-driven business transformation – and examines key issues for actors seeking to excel in the data-driven economy, including access to skills and the regulatory environment. The high-level roundtable is hosted by the European Digital Forum, a think tank led by the Lisbon Council and Nesta. Its website is www.europeandigitalforum.eu. 

Keynote Presentation

  • Romain Niccoli, chief technology officer, deputy CEO and co-founder, Criteo, a French startup founded in 2005 that became a global leader in personalised online advertisement, with €9.45 billion in post-click sales in the last fiscal year.

  • Research Presentation:

  • Sergey Filippov, associate director, the Lisbon Council

Additional Interventions

  • Laurent Kinet, CEO and co-founder, Swan Insights

  • Márta Nagy-Rothengass, head of unit, data value chain, DG communications networks, content and technology, European Commission

  • Mark van Rijmenam, founder, BigData-Startups.com; author, Think Bigger: Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for Your Business

  • Marietje Schaake, member, European Parliament (tbc)

  • Estelle Werth, global privacy officer, Criteo


If you plan on attending this high-level roundtable, please send an e-mail at your earliest convenience with the subject heading "Data Startups" to rsvp@lisboncouncil.net . Seats will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. Only registered participants will have access to the venue.

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