Coadec was founded by Mike Butcher and Jeff Lynn, to ensure that startups have a voice to government and are represented at the decision-making table.

The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) is a non-profit community of tech startups across the UK.

We are an independent voice of startups and campaign for policies to support the startup community and digital economy in the UK.

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 employs over 1.4 million people.

The UK should be the best place in the world to launch and grow a startup. That is why we campaign for policies to support the digital economy, including calling for the government to:

  • Improve access to finance
  • Improve access to talent
  • Build world class digital infrastructure
  • Bring laws and regulations into the 21st Century
  • Use digital government to unlock innovation

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.


Tech City News: How can local government improve regional digital growth?

15 November 2016

When I joined Coadec as the new executive director, my main priority was to build our UK-wide community of tech startups, across every city and region of the country. Just as I meet startups face-to-face in London, I strongly believe there’s only one way to understand regional tech communities - their local startup culture, government framework and distinct challenges – and that’s to...

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CITY AM: Don't blame businesses for hiring foreign staff

15 November 2016

Home secretary Amber Rudd provoked outrage this week for suggesting that companies should list the number of foreign workers they employ. For many in the business community, it hit a raw nerve at a sensitive time. EU nationals that call the UK home and have set up fast-growth businesses, or joined talented global teams, are already deeply concerned about their future in Britain, and have...

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Life after Brexit: From the Coadec Community

28 August 2016 | Romilly Dennys

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...

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