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

Peter Arvai

CEO and Co-Founder, Prezi

Pēteris Zilgalvis

Head of Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Adam Sterling

Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business

Sabrina Ross

International Privacy and Security Expert

Sorin Moisa

MEP, European Parliament

Kristin Schreiber

Director COSME Programme, DG GROW, European Commission

Georg Fuerlinger

Co-director, Open Austria

Martin Rauchbauer

Co-director, Open Austria

Ruben Sacerdoti

Director, Business Internationalization & FDI Attraction, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy

Stefano Bonaccini

President, Emilia-Romagna Region

Investor Summit

  • Scaleup Pitches
  • 1:1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings

EU Innovation Economy

  • EU Innovation Economy: Who’s who
  • Data sharing, MTB reports
  • Policy Makers Recommendations

Policy Workshop

  • ICOs Regulations
  • GDPR implementation
  • Intellectual Property

Open Conference

  • European Economy of Innovation in Silicon Valley: Map and Numbers
  • Startup M&As: Mind the Bridge & Crunchbase
  • ICOs Regulations: Keynote & Panel
  • GDPR & Privacy: Keynote & Panel

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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