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Nurturing deep-tech unicorns in the EU

CEPS & Online
Place du Congrès 1, Brussels, Belgium

This hybrid event is free and open to the public but registration is mandatory. Once registered, you will receive instructions on how to join this event virtually.

Hybrid Event

Nurturing deep-tech unicorns in the EU

CEPS - CDP Policy workshop


Venture capital markets are growing very fast across the globe. In the EU, the value of venture capital deals more than doubled in the last three years. EU venture capital investment, however, is still far from the levels observed in the United States and Asian countries. Specifically, Europe features a substantially lower number of deep tech scale-ups, and scale-up financing lags behind that for start-ups.

As confirmed by the “New European Innovation Agenda”, published last July, bridging the scale-up gap and supporting deep-tech innovation is essential to foster the EU global competitiveness, complete the green and digital transitions and ensure growth and well-being in Europe. In the same vein, the “Digital Compass” and the upcoming Policy Programme “Path to the Digital Decade” set the very ambitious target to doubling the number of unicorns in Europe by 2030 by nurturing the pipeline of innovative scale ups and improving their access to finance. In this context, EU and national institutions are making an unprecedented effort to boost the EU venture capital market, bridge the financing gap experienced by EU start-ups and create more favourable conditions for them to scale up.

Are current initiatives likely to sufficiently promote European unicorns? Will the EU match the performance of the US and Asian venture capital markets? What additional measures would be needed for Europe to become a global leader in deep-tech innovation?

This event will be followed by a networking cocktail between 17:10 and 18:00

Registration for this event will be ending on November 29th 10:00 AM

Andrea Renda Andrea Renda
Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation & Digital Economy

Speakers list
Massimo d’Eufemia

Head of European Affairs, CDP

Francesca Bria

President, CDP Venture Capital – Fondo Nazionale Innovazione

Roberto Viola

Director General, DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission

Chiara Petrioli

CTO & Founder - WSense

Fabrizio Guglielmini

CTO - BrandOn Group

Théau Peronnin

CEO - Alice & Bob

Stefaan De Wildeman

Director - B4Plastics

Dr. Malorie Schaus (Moderator)

Research Fellow, CEPS