With “Scale-up Europe”, France wants to bring out European technological leaders

The government is preparing for the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2022.

1is January 2022, France will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. The government is already starting to lay its foundations, especially with start-ups. After having developed French Tech in France, the ambition is European. This Thursday, Cédric O, the Secretary of State for Digital, launches “ Scale-up Europe “. The event, although virtual, notably brings together Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation and Youth, and the German Dorothea Bär, Secretary of State in charge of Digitization.

This initiative aims to “ foster the emergence of European digital champions and new technological leaders ». « We must change the psychology and the perception of the continent. Europe is not just a land of regulation. There is no GAFA, BATX (Chinese) on one side and the GDPR on the other », Cédric O. ” It is important for Europe to strengthen its attractiveness for entrepreneurs and investors “, Adds Cédric O, who is betting on” the non-legislative “To advance mentalities.

150 participants, start-ups, investors and large groups

The 150 or so participants, start-ups, investors and large companies gathered within “scale-up Europe” will submit their proposals in June. ” They will feed into ongoing European digital work. », Specifies Cédric O. After consulting citizens on the climate, it’s time for start-ups on their ecosystem. “The ratio of European tech GDP to that of the United States is one to three», Emphasizes Niklas Zennström, CEO and founder of the Atomico investment fund. A gap that must be filled. The discussions have not yet started but already, the ideas are flowing.

« We must think about ways to accelerate the internationalization of companies much earlier and allow young companies to work much faster with large groups. They also gain, by accelerating their digitization. », Analyzes Adrien Nussenbaum, co-founder of Mirakl, a start-up specializing in the creation of marketplaces for large companies. “ This type of collaboration improves the image of start-ups internationally. After, everything is linked », Adds Adrien Nussenbaum, convinced that Europe has the means to bring out more champions in the field of new technologies. For Nicolas Dufourcq, president of Bpifrance, “the major European investment funds must become Tech funds“. He nevertheless welcomes the effort made by large institutions to provide 6 billion in funds to start-ups.

Attractiveness of talent

For its part, Station F, Xavier Niel’s start-up incubator, will lead the discussions on talents. “ If we could make it so that a foreign employee would take less than two months to have a bank account in a European country, that would already be good », Reports Jean-Charles Samuelian, CEO and co-founder of Alan. A subject close to his heart, while 20% of the neoinsurer’s employees are foreigners. ” AT Station F, a third of the entrepreneurs are foreigners. Attracting talents and investors is a fundamental axis of development of the ecosystem “, Adds Roxanne Varza, director of Station F, who insists on the importance of betting on” the diversity of talents ».

Towards more diversity

Women are still under-represented among the creators of start-ups: “Only 6% of files that reach investors are carried by women. And among them 2% are funded. More women entrepreneurs are needed», Insists Nicolas Dufourcq. “ There is still a lot of work to be done on gender diversity, the creation of a business by women, the reception of international profiles, the inclusion of profiles from disadvantaged backgrounds. », Adds Roxanne Varza. Diversity remains a source of wealth. The boss of Station F thus quotes the case “ of a former detainee arrested for car theft, who developed his start-up to create an innovative anti-theft system! ». « By attracting more women, profiles from all backgrounds in Tech, we would broaden our recruitment possibilities “, Adds Jean-Charles Samuelian, who also dreams of more diversity” so that all entrepreneurs are not young white men, graduated from high schools He adds with a smile.

Another area of ​​concern is the attractiveness of wages in Europe, to attract but also retain skills. “ We need a cost of living index », Adds Jean-Charles Samuelian, well aware that daily expenses are much higher in Silicon Valley than in the Paris region! This partly explains the wage differentials between France and the United States. All agree on one point: Europe should get out of this consultation “ even more attractive », While preserving its peculiarities.