Coadec joins forces with business groups to represent tech startups post Brexit

3 July 2016

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...

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Let's play chess, not lucky dip, with our future

21 June 2016

Alex Depledge MBE, Chair of Coadec, says that the rational argument for staying in the EU is failing to reach voters and in life, as in chess, forethought over emotion should always win the day. Two days to go and Britain’s future is on the line. Yet the public debate is still worryingly removed from the everyday, rational concerns of the majority of voters. On both sides of the fence,...

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Welcome blog by Coadec's new Executive Director, Romilly Dennys

20 June 2016 |

I am delighted to join Coadec, the Coalition for a Digital Economy, as Executive Director and continue Guy’s brilliant work to champion startups and the digital economy. A few highlights include Guy’s startup manifesto, backed by over 200 startups and investors, the campaign to #saveskilledimmigration and the delegations he led to advise startups in Europe. Founded by tech...

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Moving on

7 April 2016

Originally posted on Medium here

tl;dr: After two brilliant years, I’m stepping down as Executive Director of Coadec, and am thrilled to be joining Uber’s policy research team next month.

We’re looking for an entrepreneurial policy wonk to take over running Coadec, if that could be you, check out the role and apply here.

Just over two years ago, I joined Coadec and...

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Startups want us to stay in the EU

26 February 2016

tl;dr Coadec’s survey found that 81% want to remain in the EU

The referendum has now been called, and the next four months will be dominated by the debate over whether the UK should remain in, or leave, the European Union.

To gauge the opinion of the UK’s digital startups (and to inform Coadec’s own position) we have been surveying startup founders, and people who invest in and work in...

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EU Referendum Survey

28 January 2016

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...

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Digital Strategy submission

28 January 2016

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...

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The week in startup policy

22 January 2016

Immigration changes coming On Tuesday the Migration Advisory Committee published their review into Tier 2, the system of skilled work visas. In short, they rejected the government's worst ideas, but still call for minimum salary thresholds to be raised to £30,000, and for a new £1,000 per year 'immigration skills charge' to be paid upfront by employers. We explain in more detail what...

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Tier 2 immigration - what the MAC review means for startups

20 January 2016

The headlines Today (19th January 2016) the government’s Migration Advisory Committee published its report on Tier 2 (skilled worker) migration There is likely to be an increased minimum salary threshold for Tier 2 migrants, up to £30,000 from the current £20,800. There is also likely to be a new ‘immigration skills charge’ of £1,000 per year for each Tier 2 migrant paid by...

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A look ahead at 2016

5 January 2016

This was originally posted on Medium.     Digital Economy Strategy (and Bill?)

First on the list is the newly announced call for ideas for a ‘Digital Economy Strategy’ revealed this week by Digital Economy minister Ed Vaizey.

This is a big opportunity for those of us who seek to influence government policy when it comes to tech and startup policy. They are genuinely looking...

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The Week in Startup Policy

4 December 2015

  You can sign up to get this briefing by email every Friday here – SIGN UP   CMA weigh in on Uber The UK's competition authority, the CMA, submitted a punchy official response to TfL's private hire consultation this week. They argued that TFL's plans would "impose regulation that excessively and unnecessarily weakens competition, to the overall detriment of users of taxi...

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Autumn Statement and Spending Review

25 November 2015

This afternoon, George Osborne delivered the Spending Review (setting government spending plans for the next 5 years) and Autumn Statement. We've pulled together a summary of the key points that matter to startups and the digital economy and you can find the full document here. Macro picture Handed a £27 billion improvement in the fiscal outlook (partly due to improved growth forecasts),...

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The week in startup policy

26 October 2015

You can sign up to get this briefing by email every Friday here – SIGN UP   European Parliament vote on Net Neutrality On Tuesday 27th October the European Parliament faces a key vote on net neutrality, which many are worried will not create sufficient protections for the open internet. Tech companies have signed an open letter in response, and are calling on MEPs to adopt key...

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Tech Nation Visa

16 October 2015

Today Tech City UK announced an overhaul of the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, expanding the eligibility criteria to include: Building a UK scale-up Recognising 'exceptional promise' Powering the Northern Powerhouse Recruiting teams of up to 5 from overseas The cap on visa numbers will remain at 200 per year, and more details will be announced on November 12th. Guy Levin,...

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Guest blog: Reflections on Brussels, data and where next

14 October 2015

A guest blog from Clara Maguire, COO of We Are Pop Up Start-Up perspective on the European Parliament I joined the September techUK and Coadec delegation to Brussels alongside a group of start-ups whose data-driven businesses are offering new services across health, digital identity, and city planning. We wanted to better understand the implications of new EU policy on the growth of our...

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The week in startup policy

9 October 2015

You can sign up to get this in your inbox every Friday here – SIGN UP   Tory conference There were no major tech or startup announcements at Conservative Party Conference this week in Manchester. But there were a lot of warm words for entrepreneurship, for example the PM praised 'more British entrepreneurs setting up shop than anywhere else in Europe'. Lord Adonis (a former...

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The week in startup policy

2 October 2015

You can sign up to get this in your inbox every Friday here – SIGN UP   New regulations threaten Uber Transport for London published a consultation this week for new regulations to apply to private hire vehicle licensing, that was a thinly veiled swipe at the growing dominance of Uber. The proposals include booking confirmations being sent at least 5 minutes before the start...

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The week in startup policy

25 September 2015

You can sign up to get this in your inbox every Friday here – SIGN UP   New blood at TechCityUK TechCityUK announced the appointment of Eileen Burbidge as its new Chair this week. She takes over from Joanna Shields, who stood down after becoming a government minister in May. Eileen also brought together a new Entrepreneur Advisory Board, including Demis Hassabis (DeepMind),...

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The week in startup policy

18 September 2015

You can sign up to get this in your inbox every Friday here – SIGN UP    TechFugees Moved by the plight of refugees in Europe, a number of technology industry people have formed a small voluntary team to create the free, non-profit, "Techfugees" conference on October 1st in Central London, at Skillsmatter. Tickets here On October 2nd we will be running a "Hackathon"...

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Coadec at Party Conferences

11 September 2015

Political geeks that we are, Coadec will be at Labour and Conservative Party Conferences this year, reporting on what is going on and hosting events. If you are around in Brighton (27-30th Sept) or Manchester (4-7th Oct), do get in touch and say hello. We have teamed up with Sharing Economy UK to host an event at both conferences on the future of the sharing economy. Do come along: Labour...

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The week in startup policy

11 September 2015

You can sign up to get this in your inbox every Friday here - SIGN UP Labour leadership Tomorrow (Saturday) we find out who will be the new leader of the Labour Party, with Jeremy Corbyn as the bookie's frontrunner. Betfair gives an implied probability of 92.6%. According to his 'Corbyn for Business' microsite, his main policies include investment in digital infrastructure, a...

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The week in startup policy

4 September 2015

Digital vision for NHS Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, pledged this week that by 2016 all patients should be able to access their own GP electronic record online in full, seeing not just a summary of their allergies and medication but blood test results, appointment records and medical histories - link A new £650,000 innovation prize fund was also announced to encourage new apps and...

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Welcome Lloyd - new Steering Committee member

4 September 2015

We're delighted to announced that Lloyd Price, co-founder and COO of Zesty, is joining Coadec's Steering Committee. Lloyd developed Zesty from an idea into the UK's leading Digital Health Platform raising $10M+ in funding from 3 leading US and European Venture Capital funds (Mangrove Capital Partners, Qualcomm Ventures & Innovation Capital) in less than 2.5 years. Lloyd brings 15+ years...

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The week in startup policy

31 July 2015

PM on FinTech David Cameron led a trade mission to south-east Asia, on which he has championed FinTech. He said he "wants the UK to be the leading FinTech centre in the world", and welcomed Innovate Finance's 2020 Manifesto - link Lib Dem shadow team announced New Lib Dem leader Tim Farron announced the full shadow team this week. Key appointments for startups will be Lorely Burt on...

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The week in startup policy

24 July 2015

UK pushes EU on innovation The government has published a 'non-paper' calling for the EU to back startups and the sharing economy, including calling on the EU to ''lighten the load on innovative companies while they're scaling up' - link Tech North delay? Tech City UK's northern cousin, Tech North came under criticism by Labour for delays. It was announced by Nick Clegg last October but...

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Crowdsourcing an alternative summer reading list

22 July 2015

Every summer, Keith Simpson MP publishes a ‘summer reading list’ for his fellow MPs with interesting books. It is a good list - but almost exclusively it covers politics and history, with very little thought given to science, technology or business. As Gaby Hinsliff wrote, it’s no longer OK for politicians not to get the internet. And for the rest of us, it'd be useful to have a place...

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The week in startup policy

22 July 2015

Javid welcomes disruption Business Secretary Sajid Javid defended Uber and disruptive innovation this week. He said: "Berlin and Paris might want to ban Uber. We welcome disruptive technology of that type and others" He argued that it's ultimately to the benefit of consumers and leads to higher productivity. DRIPA unlawful The High Court today struck down last year's Data Retention...

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The week in startup policy

10 July 2015

Budget This week the Chancellor delivered the Summer Budget. Despite being presented in beautiful HTML (thanks GDS!), there wasn't much in there for the tech sector or startups. We have a full roundup here, but some of the announcements were: Tweaks to SEIS, EIS and VCTs (in full here) Changes to the taxation of dividend income A consultation on including investment crowdfunding...

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What the Summer Budget means for startups

8 July 2015

This afternoon, George Osborne delivered the first wholly Conservative Budget since 1996. We've pulled together a summary of the key points that matter to startups and the digital economy and you can find the full Budget here (for the first time in a nice web-friendly format!). Not much on tech In the March Budget, Osborne spoke about IoT, the sharing economy and driverless cars, but this...

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The week in startup policy

3 July 2015

Digital priorities Digital industries minister, Ed Vaizey set out 'digital priorities for this Parliament', focussing on Europe (including the Digital Single Market), infrastructure, new technology (including the sharing economy), cyber-security and digital skills - link Kendall embraces tech Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall gave an impressive speech this week in which she called...

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The week in startup policy

26 June 2015

Open data Good news for open data advocates, and for startups that build on top of public sector data as two serious announcements this week. Companies House announced that all public digital data on the UK register of companies will now be available free, online through a search tool, and more importantly through an API - link DEFRA (the government Department for the Environment, Food...

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The week in startup policy

12 June 2015

Surveillance report Yesterday the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson, published his report into investigatory powers in the UK - 'A Question of Trust'. It's a comprehensive  look at the status quo, the views of interested parties, and recommendations for the future. It has 124 recommendations... but some of the interesting ones are: A single new law to...

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The week in startup policy

15 May 2015

Conservatives win election Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last week you'll probably know already that David Cameron is back in 10 Downing Street, this time with a Conservative majority in parliament. Here's our quick take on what it means for startups - link. New ministers appointed There has been a reshuffle with new ministers appointed. Here's the full list -  Read more

Reshuffle

15 May 2015

David Cameron has now finished (we think) appointing his ministerial team. Here are some of the ministers to watch on startups and tech issues: George Osborne remained Chancellor of the Exchequer. He's previously been engaged on tech and startup issues, including a focus on broadband funding, tax reliefs on early stage investment,  and support for fintech. His big project currently is...

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startupDNA

23 April 2015

We’re working alongside Wayra, Telefonica’s digital accelerator, and coalition of partners, to conduct a ground-breaking research project – what we believe is the first of its kind in the UK - to analyse the DNA of startups in Britain. A lot has been said about the social makeup of the start-up ecosystem in the US but there hasn’t, as yet, been a comprehensive study conducted in the...

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The week in startup policy

17 April 2015

Manifestos arrive This week saw manifestos from Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems, as well as from the Green Party and UKIP. We read through the main ones so you don't have to, pulling out the most important pledges on tech, startups and entrepreneurship: Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat All of them pledge action on broadband, digital government and...

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Lib Dem Manifesto and Startups

15 April 2015

Today Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' Manifesto for the 2015 general election. Here is our quick reaction on what it means for startups. This follows our analysis on the Labour and Conservatives manifestoes. At nearly 160 pages, the Lib Dem manifesto is the longest of the bunch (Labour's is 86, and the Conservatives' is 84 pages long), and contains lots of mentions of...

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Conservative Manifesto and Startups

14 April 2015

Today David Cameron launched the Conservative Party's Manifesto for the 2015 general election. Here is our quick reaction on what it means for startups. [Update: here are similar posts for Labour and Lib Dem manifestos]. Generally it's a collection of positive pledges to support startups and business more generally, although there's little in the way of new policy and it mostly...

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Labour's Manifesto and Startups

13 April 2015

Today Ed Miliband launched the Labour Party's Manifesto for the 2015 general election. Here is our quick reaction on what it means for startups. [Update: here are our summaries for Conservatives and Lib Dems] Recognising the role of digital tech There's a promising section in the Labour Manifesto that recognises the role of digital technology and startups:

"Labour’s longer-term...

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The week in startup policy

10 April 2015

Tories promise age-verification online The Conservatives have pledged that they would enforce age-limits online for adult content. They argue they would require websites to implement age-verification tools, and force ISPs to block access to those that refused - link Quite how this would work, and the odds of foreign-hosted sites complying, are very uncertain to say the least, as argued by...

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The week in startup policy

2 April 2015

Labour launch Business Manifesto Labour released their Business Manifesto this week, setting out their policy pledges. The main things of interest to startups are: -Pledge to cut business rates for small businesses -Long-term strategy and funding for science and innovation -A 'British Investment Bank' to improve access to finance -More apprenticeships, and technical education and...

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The week in startup policy

27 March 2015

Digital Single Market This week the European Commission unveiled the first glimpse of its proposed package on the 'Digital Single Market' (the full announcement is not being made until May). Of particular interest to startups will be moves to: -tackle 'geo-blocking' -modernise copyright -simplify VAT for SMEs -regulation of online platforms (this could be worrying) -reform data...

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Our Budget response

18 March 2015

Today George Osborne delivered the Budget - here's our full summary of what it means for startups. Responding, Coadec's Executive Director, Guy Levin said: 'This was a Budget that backed digital innovation. From fintech to the sharing economy, digital currencies to the Internet of Things, the Chancellor has announced a substantial package of support for tech that will boost the UK's...

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What the Budget means for startups

18 March 2015

This afternoon George Osborne delivered his final Budget before the next general election, which is now just 50 days away. Here are the announcements we think will matter to digital startups.   Broadband ambition The Chancellor announced a new ambition 'that ultrafast broadband of at least 100Mbps should be available to nearly all UK premises', but did not set a deadline or explain how...

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Let's fill Europe with Startups

5 March 2015

Our Executive Director, Guy Levin, was invited to speak at the EPP Group (the centre-right group in the European Parliament) meeting in Toledo on a panel about the digital economy. Here's what he said:   Thanks and Intro First off, I just want to say a big thank you to Manfred Weber and the EPP group for inviting me to speak at your bureau meeting. I run a small non-profit called...

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Our Budget Submission

25 February 2015

On March 18th, Chancellor George Osborne will give his final Budget before the General Election (on May 7th). We're calling on the Chancellor to continue to support the digital economy by: Extending the Rent a Room scheme to cover other sharing economy activities Introducing incentives to encourage more corporate venturing Retain and improve EIS and SEIS Helping teachers to deliver...

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Some good news on immigration

25 February 2015

Some great news for digital startups today as the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended to the Home Office that several digital roles should be added to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). We called for this in our Startup Manifesto, and have been campaigning for this change alongside techUK and Tech London Advocates. It's great that the MAC have listened to the concerns of the...

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Welcome Alex, new Coadec Chairman!

24 February 2015 | Jeff Lynn

 Welcome Alex! I am very pleased to announce that I have invited Alex Depledge, Co-founder and CEO of Hassle.com, to take my place as Chairman of Coadec. I am even more pleased to say that she has accepted my invitation.   Alex is a truly remarkable woman who will provide Coadec with powerful leadership as it faces the challenges and opportunities of the new government.   It has...

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A boost to the Coadec team

24 February 2015

24 February 2015: The leading advocate for digital startups, The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), has today announced two senior appointments, Alex Depledge and Eileen Burbidge, to its team as it prepares to step up its activity ahead of the General Election in May. Alexandra Depledge, CEO and co-founder of Hassle.com, is to take over as Chairman of Coadec. Alex was named by...

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Startup Manifestos around Europe

19 February 2015

Last year we published our Startup Manifesto setting out 24 ideas for how the next government should continue to support digital startups in the UK. This is part of a growing movement for startup communities around the world to organise and engage with policy makers. Here are some of the other Startup Manifestos from around the world. Get in touch if you know of any others that we should...

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2014 for Coadec

18 December 2014

2014 has been a great year for Coadec, and for me personally, relaunching the organisation has been an amazing experience. As the year draws to an end, I'm really proud of everything we've achieved. Here are some of the highlights from 2014: We relaunched in May with a party at Campus We researched and published The Startup Manifesto, which was backed by over 200 leading digital...

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Startups and new EU data rules

11 December 2014

Today Coadec and techUK are hosting an event looking at what new EU data protection rules may mean for startups, and the truth is that it's not pretty. Antony Walker (deputy CEO, techUK) and I have written a column about this for Tech City News. To bring this rather dry subject to life, together with techUK we invented a P2P lending startup called 'Lend.io' and asked top data law firm,

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What do new data protection rules mean for startups?

8 December 2014

We would be delighted if you could join us on 11th December at 16.00 for a panel event hosted by Coadec and techUK on what new European data protection rules will mean for digital startups. Trust and confidence in the use of data is fundamental to the success of all data driven businesses. Startups benefit from data protection rules that provide consumers with the confidence to embrace new...

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What the Autumn Statement means for startups

3 December 2014

This blog originally appeared on Tech City News (link)   Today George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement. Gone are the days when these are just updates from the Chancellor on the latest economic figures, and this afternoon we had a statement of Budget-like proportions, with a huge number of announcements.   Overall, my impression is that there is a lot of good stuff in the...

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What Labour Conference means for startups?

26 September 2014

This week I was at Labour Party Conference in Manchester. I've written for Tech City News about my overall impressions, but here are some specific items that will have an impact on startups: Ed Balls: Tech is 'hollowing out' labour market Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, warned in his conference speech that ‘rapid technological change is replacing traditional skilled jobs’leading to ‘a...

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What people are saying about the Startup Manifesto

3 September 2014 | Guy Levin

The Manifesto has been welcomed by top politicians: Chuka Umunna MP (Shadow Business Secretary) "We want to see more people starting up, leading and working in business and the creation of high-skilled, better-paid jobs. Britain's burgeoning digital economy has a huge role to play in meeting both of these challenges, and that's why Coadec's manifesto is right to emphasise the importance...

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The Startup Manifesto

3 September 2014 | Guy Levin

With 9 months to go until the next general election, and as the political parties are writing their own manifestos, today Coadec is publishing the Startup Manifesto to influence the debate. Click here to read The Startup Manifesto It has been backed by over 200 leading startups and investors, including founders and partners from: King,TransferWise, SwiftKey, Lovestruck, Funding...

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