European Innovation Day The Digital Europe Conference

Created and organized by Mind the Bridge with the support of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and EIT Digital EID (European Innovation Day) is the Digital Europe Conference in Silicon Valley.

An action-oriented day bringing together the best of European technology, policy and innovation. Scheduled on September 11th, EID is the central event of SEC2SV Week that brings together the current and future EU UnicornsEU policy makers to meet the Silicon Valley digital economy stakeholders (more).

2018 TOPICS:

  • GDPR: Privacy and Data Storage/Transfer
  • ICO’s (Initial Coin Offerings) and CryptoCurrencies Regulations
  • European Economy of Innovation in Silicon Valley
  • Sustainability and Local Government
  • Startup M&A’s


Showcasing the next EU unicorns.
Scaleups meet Silicon Valley investors and industry leaders for partnership opportunities.

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Speakers 2018

Tim Draper

Partner, Draper Associates

Vivek Wadhwa

Author and Opinion Leader

Pēteris Zilgalvis

Head of Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Andrew Savage

Vice President of Strategic partnership, LIME

Sabrina Ross

International Privacy and Security Expert

Sorin Moisa

MEP, European Parliament

Michel Wendell

Partner, Nexit Ventures

Mark Webber

US Managing Partner, FieldFisher

Stephanie Hanson

Privacy Management Consultant, OneTrust

Gené Teare

Head of Content, CrunchBase

Martin Rauchbauer

Co-director, Open Austria

Olga V. Mack

Adjunct Professor, University of California, Berkeley - School of Law


Startup Pitching

Who is Invited: Scaleups, VCs/CVCs
Where: GRAND HALL room
Powered by: IOwnIt

Coffee Break

1:1 Meetings


Opening remarks

Sorin Moisa (MEP) Pēteris Zilgalvis (European Commission)

Who is Invited: Policy makers (Gov + Industry), Corp Public Affairs, Local Gov
Where: BOOLE room
Powered by: FieldFisher, OneTrust

Lessons learnt from implementing GDPR compliance programs within European and California-based companies

Coffee break and OneTrust product presentation

e-Privacy: Future and Challenges

Mitigating the Complex and Shifting Regulatory Environment for Global Privacy Laws


Intro – Measuring the EU Innovation Economy in Silicon Valley

Who is Invited: Consulates, EU Corporates, EU Bridge Orgs
Where: LOVELACE room
Powered by: Mind the Bridge

Region: South EUROPE

Region: Central EUROPE

Region: Eastern Europe and Baltics

Coffee Break

Region: Nordics and Ireland

European Startup Cities – Launch

The Motor Valley

Wrap up

Welcome and introduction


European Economy of Innovation in Silicon Valley: the Map and the Numbers

Marco Marinucci (Mind the Bridge)

Keynote: Your Happiness Was Hacked: Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain

Vivek Wadwha (Bestseller author)

Panel: ICO Regulation – What’s coming?

Peteris Zilgavis (European Commission)

Tim Draper (DFJ)

Olga Mack (UC Berkeley)

Tech Startup M&A – Launch of 2018 Report

Genè Teare (Crunchbase)

Alberto Onetti (Mind the Bridge)

Matteo Daste (Orrick)

Richard Smith (Orrick)

Cocktail Reception

Coffee Break

Fireside chat: The future of mobility in the hands of regulators: the Lime story

Megan O. Colford (LIME)

Noa Khamallah (LIME)

interviewed by Eliot Brown (WSJ)

Fireside chat: GDPR is here, now what? Top 10 Predictions for the GDPR Era

Mark Webber (FieldFisher)

Stephanie Hanson (OneTrust)

Robotics and Employment: two opposite forces?

Ashish Aggarwal (Grishin Robotics)

Scaleup stories from Europe breaking the glass ceiling

SEC2SV 2018 Scaleups

moderated by Marco Marinucci (Mind the Bridge)

Closing remarks

Sorin Moisa (Member of EU Parliament)

Alberto Onetti (Chairman, Mind the Bridge)

Marco Marinucci (CEO, Mind the Bridge)

Get your seat EID 2018


Meet 2018 Scaleups

Startup M&As 2017 Report

Mind the Bridge and Crunchbase have tracked over 15,500 startup exits worldwide since 2010 for a total value of about 1.3 trillion dollars. The US and Europe still control the majority of deals and capital (83%), with Silicon Valley running the show: the top 15 world acquirers are all US companies with 9 from Silicon Valley.
In Europe, The UK is the “exit capital”, followed, at a distance, by Germany and France. We have also noticed a trend showing that 48% of the startup acquisitions have been completed by startups or former startups.

2017 has featured the highest YoY increase in deal volume (42%) since 2011. Europe is growing faster compared to the US, even if the gap remains huge, with US corporates acquiring over 3 times more startups than European counterparts.

The US shows a good equilibrium between number of exits and number of acquisitions, while Europe still runs a negative M&A balance (more startups sold than acquired). Countries like South Korea, China and Japan have been confirmed to be “net acquirers” of startups.

This report also confirms the “Power Law” of venture capital: 71% of the exited startups don’t return the capital invested, while 13% return more than a 3x multiple (3% with wild multiples).



Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd,
Mountain View

Get Direction

We setup a bus tranportation for the SEC2SV Delegation members.
There  will be some limited availability for general public (first-come-first served).


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