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.

Speakers 2018

Megan Colford

Government Relations, Lime

Andrew Savage

Vice President of Strategic partnership, LIME

Henrique Gomes

Trade & Investment Officer, aicep Portugal Global

Xavier Wartelle

CEO, French Tech Hub

Julia Reinhardt

Data Protection Expert

Olga V. Mack

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

Richard Horning

Honorary consul, Republic of Estonia

Roelofs Wouter

Innovation Attache', Consulate General of Netherland


Honorary consul, Consulate General of Belgium

Daphne Vitsikounaki

Economic Attache', Consulate General of Greece

Lorenzo Ortona

Consulate General of Italy

Mark Webber

US Managing Partner, FieldFisher



Meet 2018 Scaleups

Startup M&As 2018 Report

As established companies look to remain competitive and extend their life cycle, acquisition becomes a more viable and attractive strategy.

Not the only one1, but surely the fastest route in a world when time is the most valuable resource.
M&A deals are a boon for startups as well. No exit, no party, as we’re used to saying. While launching a thriving self-supporting business is still the end-goal for any startup, a buyout from a large company can render that problem irrelevant—or at least less urgent. And return the capital to investors, hopefully with a decent multiplier, thus, M&As are a key component of the startup economy.

The M&A market is large and complex and coming to grips with it from a macro point of view requires looking at a very big picture that can be quite intimidating at times. This involves asking some key questions: Are there worldwide trends we can find for startup exits? What are the conditions under which companies sell and buy, and how do they change by region? Who are the top startup acquirers and where do they come from? Which industries are more active? Which technologies and verticals are attracting the interest of buyers? What is the typical profile of a startup that makes it all the way to the exit?


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