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We work with digital startups and policymakers to create better policy for the digital economy.
Founded by tech entrepreneurs, The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) is a non-profit that campaigns for policies to support digital startups in the UK. We conduct research, host events, and run campaigns on behalf of the UK’s startup community.
Digital startups matter to the UK – they are an important source of innovation, jobs and growth. The UK’s digital economy is the largest and fastest growing in the G20 and already makes up over 10% of GDP, and employees over 1.4 million people.
The UK should be the best place in the world to launch and grow a digital startup. That is why we campaign for policies to support the digital economy, including calling for the government to:
For example, we have published a Startup Manifesto ahead of the 2015 elections, ran campaigns on skilled immigration, led delegations of startup founders to Brussels, and submitted ideas for the Government’s Digital Strategy.
Coadec was founded in 2010 by Mike Butcher and others in the startup community, to ensure that startups had a voice in UK policymaking.
We're delighted to announce that Paul Smith is joining Coadec's Steering Committee. Paul co-founded and ran the brilliant Ignite accelerator, set up Campus North, and been an angel investor and advisor to many startups. We look forward to working with him to advocate for better policies to support digital startups in the UK. We also couldn't agree more with his strong support...Read more
We're running a survey to find out what the UK's digital startups think about the forthcoming referendum on whether the UK should remain in, or leave, the European Union. If you're a startup founder, work in a startup, or invest in startups, please take (and share) our survey: Take our...Read more
The government is calling for ideas for their new Digital Strategy. We submitted 16 ideas to help build on the UK's digital success, ranging across skills, infrastructure, regulation and digital government. Read our submission in full here. Summary of recommendations Place the ambition to be ‘the startup nation in Europe and one of the great startup nations of the world’ at the...Read more
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