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About EU TECH Day

On 9 November, the European Tech Alliance (EUTA) hosted the first EU Tech Day. A day that celebrated Europe’s tech credentials and demonstrated that Europe is good at tech!  This full-day conference highlighted what is needed from EU policy to help companies to scale-up to their full potential.

CEOs and senior Executives of leading brands and Europe’s fastest growing companies addressed the needs of startups with senior EU officials and national ministers at the EU Tech Day event in Brussels.

Members of the European Tech Alliance (EUTA) also met with Vice-President Andrus Ansip before the event for breakfast. The CEOs and senior executives included: Niklas Zennström (EUTA President, Skype founder and Atomico CEO), Frédéric Mazzella (Founder of BlaBlaCar), Janne Snellman (CFO of Supercell), Gianpiero Lotito (CEO of FacilityLive), Alejandro Artacho (CEO of Spotahome), Istvan Lam (CEO Tresorit), Panos Siozos (CEO Learnworlds) and many others.   “We asked Vice-President Ansip for continued efforts on fighting protectionist, anti-tech tendencies in the European Commission and European Parliament” said Chris Sherwood, Chair of the EUTA when asked about the breakfast. “We also encouraged Mr. Ansip to help us communicate to the Commission staff that there are European tech companies available to consult and share their combined experiences.”

At the EU Tech Day event government officials turned out in strength to engage EUTA members both on and off stage. Delivering their views on stage included Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Director for Consumer Affairs Despina Spanou and Members of the European Parliament Eva Paunova, Kaja Kallas and Catherine Stihler. To an audience of over 150 people, Niklas Zennström, as EUTA President, delivered the following comments during his opening keynote: “There’s never been a better time to start a European tech company than today. We now have 44 tech companies in Europe that have reached the billion dollar valuation mark. In fact, games generated $20.3bn in revenue in Europe in 2015, and these firms are here today as members of the EUTA.”


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The programme for the EU Tech Day on the 9 November includes inspiring keynote speeches by European officials and our member's CEOs/Founders. There will also be interactive panels that address key policy issues, and a fireside chat that provides a true insight into the issues facing European tech scale-ups.

The current EU Tech Day programme is detailed below. Please not that this is subject to change.

10:30 - 11:00    Registrations and welcome coffee at Thon

11:00 - 11:10  Opening Remarks

  • Linda Griffin - Head of Global Public Affairs, King (Chair of Ceremony)

11:10 - 11:30  Keynote Speech

  • Niklas Zennström - President of the EUTA, Founder of Skype, Founding Partner and CEO of Atomico

11:30 - 12:15    Panel 1: Leading the world

What are the strengths and weaknesses that Europe must embrace/revise if it is to be the best place to grow a truly global business?


  • Niklas Zennström - President of the EUTA
  • Gianpiero Lotito - Founder & CEO of FacilityLive
  • Juhan Lepassaar - Head of Cabinet for Commission Vice-President Ansip
  • Eva Paunova - Member of the European Parliament
  • Julia Fioretti - Thomson Reuters (Moderator)

12:15 - 12:35 Policy Insights + Q&A

  • Despina Spanou - Director for Consumer Affairs, Commission

12:35 - 13:35 Lunch to be served at Thon

13:35 - 13:55 Keynote speech

  • Alexander De Croo - Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Agenda

13:55 - 14:15 Keynote speech

  • Frédéric Mazzella - Founder of BlaBlaCar

14:15 - 15:00  Panel 2: Consumer-driven growth

How have EU tech companies changed people’s lives? How do we keep consumer interests at the forefront, through industry partnership and proportionate regulation?


  • Janne Snellman - COO & CFO of Supercell
  • Istvan Lam - Founder & CEO of Tresorit
  • Marine Elgrichi - Head of Public Policy, Spotify
  • Catherine Stihler - Member of the European Parliament
  • Clark Parsons - Internet Economy Foundation (Moderator)

15:00 - 15:15  Coffee Break

15:15 - 16:00  Fireside Chat

Panellists give their vision for the future and what the EU can do to foster innovation and turn the start-up scene into a growing scale-up community.  EUTA CEOs at different stages of company lifecycle will share their stories on how they scaled up, what obstacles they faced and what lessons others can learn.


  • Alejandro Artacho – Co-Founder & CEO of Spotahome
  • Dr. Panos Siozos - Co-Founder and CEO of Learnworlds
  • Magnus Franklin - Chief Correspondent at Mlex (Moderator)

16:00 - 16:30 Keynote speech

  • Kaja Kallas - Member of the European Parliament

16:30 - 16:45    Closing remarks

Linda Griffin - Head of Global Public Affairs, King (Chair of Ceremony)

More about the EUTA

The EUTA is a group of fast-growing tech companies that have been built in Europe. We believe Europe is good at tech and the tech sector is already contributing enormously to the economy both in terms of driving investment and creating highly skilled jobs. We want to use our collective experience to feed into your push to strengthen and modernise Europe’s economy.

More about the EUTA can be found here.

Our members include:

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Thon Hotel,
Rue de la Loi 75,
Bruxelles 1040,



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