The Policy Voice of Startups
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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.
A few days before the UK voted to leave the EU, I wrote a welcome blog as the incoming Executive Director of Coadec. On reflection and with the beauty of hindsight, I should have written a very different blog. But then it has been a truly extraordinary few weeks. The pace of change and volume of unknowns have felt overwhelming and I hope that we can now enter a relative period of...Read more
As London Fintech week kicks-off today, Coadec examines the current challenges and concerns facing the FinTech community: Verbatim: “The harmonisation of financial regulation is a huge, huge asset to British financial services firms.” “For financial services and pharma businesses, the ability to comply to one set of (local) standards and get access to an entire market was huge....Read more
Coadec is among a cohort of small business representative groups that have joined forces to offer a consistent line of support to startups, small firms and the self-employed following the EU referendum. In a meeting on 28 June, we agreed to coordinate our efforts in the interests of offering positive reassurance to small businesses. We've joined Enterprise Nation, the Federation of...Read more
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