EU Policy for

Scale Ireland is strongly supportive of collaborative projects and research with organisations and international bodies that represent and support tech start-up and scale-up companies.

Scale Ireland supports the European Commission's recommendations in the Start-up Nations Standard, which lists best practice for EU nations to help start-ups to thrive. We strongly welcome Ireland signing the EU's declaration on the Start-up Nations Standard.

Scale Ireland also joined leading European founders, start-ups, investors and organisations to endorse the #NotOptional initiative in support of the Start-up Nations Standard.

June 2021

Scale Ireland is a Proud Founding Member of Scale-up Europe

This initiative was launched in June 2021 by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and the French Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, Cédric O. The Scale-Up Europe initiative brings together more than 200 members of the European tech ecosystem (entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, corporates and public decision makers) to support scale-ups and increase tenfold the number of unicorn technology companies by 2030.

June 2021

Scale Ireland - the European Single Market Forum

Scale Ireland was delighted to take part in the European Single Market Forum (SIMFO) which took place in Lisbon in June 2021. It is an annual initiative where citizens, businesses and EU policy-makers assess the implementation of the single market. It allows stakeholders and the public to discuss their policy recommendations for the future. Our CEO, Martina Fitzgerald, highlighted the importance and potential of the start-up sector in Ireland and across Europe in terms of employment, innovation and exports, and also in relation to the acceleration of the Green and Digital Agendas.

May & June 2021

EU Startup Summit with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will today (10th May) meet with leading independent start-up ecosystem leaders from across the 27 member states, who will officially unveil their “Action Plan to Make Europe the new Global Powerhouse for Start-ups". The initiative, supported by 27 national EU start-up organisations, aims to increase the number of unicorns (privately owned companies valued at over $1 billion) tenfold in Europe over the next ten years. Today’s ceremony will see start-up leaders formally deliver their Action Plan to Commissioner Gabriel, who has responsibility for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth in the EU. The initiative also represents a strengthening of relations between the start-up sector and the European Commission.

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Our EU Partners

Scale Ireland collaborates with international organisations working together to promote and advocate on behalf of start-up and scale-up companies.

Scale Ireland is an active member of Allied for Startups, the worldwide network of more than 45 representative organisations which are located across four continents.

Scale Ireland is also a member of the European Startup Network, which represents 24 national start-up organisations across the EU.

EU Events

#NotOptional - 'Making Europe the Most Entrepreneurial Continent'

Index Ventures and Slush brought together founders, investors, ecosystem builders and policy builders late last year to discuss the practical steps that Europe must take to become the best place to start and grow world changing start-ups.

The Founding CEO of Scale Ireland, Liz McCarthy, took part in a high-level panel discussion about Share Option schemes across Europe. Liz discussed the Ireland's Key Employee Engagement Programme (KEEP) scheme in comparison to other share option schemes across Europe.

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