Most governments across the world run programmes that aim to provide microenterprises and SMEs with better opportunities to compete with big business. For the European Commission, for instance, SMEs are the ‘backbone’ of the European economy as they employ more than 100 million people.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is aimed at breaking down social barriers and creating a gender equal world. On IWD on March 8 the world comes together to celebrate women's achievements and reinforce a commitment to women's equality.
Data has changed our lives in more than one way, from how we socialise online and run businesses to how we access public services and do science. It has been called the “raw material” of the digital age, fuelling creativity and innovation. And yet, its use has also raised challenges, including privacy, online polarisation, and digital inequality.
This work was motivated by Professor Elena Simperl’s experience of leading and supporting competitive EU-funded projects that offer business incubation and acceleration services to data-centric startups and SMEs (namely ODINE, DataPitch and DMS Accelerator projects). One of the key strengths of such programmes lies in their ability to attract, select and effectively allocate resources towards the most promising companies.
The start-up economy has grown exponentially since the start of the millennium supported by unprecedented levels of investment (think flagship funds like the SoftBank Vision Fund) and trends like the private IPO (companies staying private for longer). Private market failures and soaring valuations (e.g. Theranos, Juicero, WeWork) have put the spotlight on a previously smaller part of the financial markets. Private companies now impact everyone making it crucial to focus on multiple methods of valuation.