Commission talks with founders of unicorns, big startups on spurring innovation

Photo: EU Mariya Gabriel.

Only ten days after the official launch of the European Innovation Council, a key novelty of Horizon Europe programme, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel met with 33 founders of unicorns and big startups coming from almost all 27 EU Member States.

It is the first time that a meeting of this kind takes place between a commissioner and the innovation community.

On Tuesday, the unicorns group presented a call for action to the Commission to spur innovation across Europe around four directions. They are how innovation can contribute to green transformation, how to get strategic tech sovereignty, to get leadership in science based startups, and to increase innovation territorial cohesion.

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel highlighted that the proposed directions are in line with the priorities of the Commission around green and digital transformation to ensure Europe becomes the leader of the new wave of innovation without leaving anyone behind.

She encouraged the unicorns to continue their work as a team detailing their proposals with specific actions for the short term, medium term and long term.

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