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Enabling Businesses to Spur Growth

25 June, 2014 | (01 hr)

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Start-ups and other small innovative companies, including those developed by digital entrepreneurs, play an important role in energizing the business environment, but they often face many institutional barriers. This is especially true in Europe, where policies and attitudes seem frozen in time. Hurdles include limited access to finance, regulatory complexity, the availability of important skills, and a policy-making process that seems biased toward established and large firms. Companies must overcome these challenges to build the sustainable competitive advantage that is crucial for success in the fast-moving digital world.

Key Learnings

  • Barriers digital entrepreneurs face in practice 
  • Understanding what stops businesses from growing
  • Policy wish list for digital enterprise in Europe


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Desirée van Welsum (Moderator)
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