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The Coalition for a Digital Economy

We are the policy voice of UK-wide digital and tech startups

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Our objectives:

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COADEC CONNECTS

We tour the country to connect with founders and hear first-hand about the opportunities and challenges faced.

COADEC CONSULTS

We consult our community on the issues that affect their growth and provide government relations and policy support.

COADEC CAMPAIGNS

We campaign for the UK to be the world-leading digital economy and best place in the world to set-up and scale a tech business.

COADEC CHAMPIONS

We champion our community in the national media, at speaking events and to government.

COADEC’S CLUB

We host monthly events for our founders with politicians, government officials and investors.

Support for our new report:

“This is a fascinating and timely new report from Coadec. It’s extremely important the voice of startups is heard loud and clear in government. There are many new ideas here; I particularly welcome the focus on digital apprenticeships.”

Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho CBE, Crossbench Peer

“It’s vital that the Government backs and supports new forms of entrepreneurial talent and growth across the country, so I’m very pleased to see Coadec take this important agenda forward in this report. Their policy work is of enormous value to the UK-wide startup and scale-up community.”

Debbie Wosskow OBE, Chairman, AllBright and CEO, Love Home Swap

“Coadec makes a compelling case for the Government to get behind UK-wide high-growth startups and scale-ups. These firms are already having a transformational impact on the UK. But we need more of them across our regions and cities to ensure that prosperity reaches all corners of the UK.”

Sherry Coutu CBE, Chair, Founders4Schools, Non-Executive Director, Zoopla and the London Stock Exchange Group, and Board Advisor, LinkedIn

“Coadec is a leading policy voice for tech startups in Parliament. The report sets out important new data that highlights the scale of the challenge ahead – from the need for an effective visa system for tech talent, to improved local access to finance models for startups right across the country.”

Iain Wright MP, Chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee

“This excellent new report is filled with bold measures to help our digital and tech sectors thrive, and it’s fantastic to see Coadec go from strength to strength. Its policy work has taken on added importance as we exit the EU, and it has my full support.”

Ed Vaizey MP, Former Minister for Digital and Culture

“This report comes at a pivotal moment as the UK economy prepares for its future outside the EU. Coadec is absolutely right to point to the tech industry as the richest source of new jobs in the UK and an area where we must excel to remain competitive globally. I applaud Coadec for its contribution to this critical debate.”

Matt Warman MP, former Technology Editor of The Telegraph and member of the Science and Technology Committee

“Coadec’s report offers innovative solutions but does not shy away from the hard truths about Brexit. It is vital the Government properly considers Coadec’s recommendations if we want the next generation of tech businesses to flourish here in the UK.”

Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

“Coadec’s report spells out clear, realistic measures to help with the challenges entrepreneurs face when building a company. I hope the Government listens.”

Taavet Hinrikus, TransferWise

“This report goes a significant way towards showing how to develop and maintain the kind of strong environment from which great British tech startups will emerge in the future. By covering education, immigration, funding regulation, and more in detail, this report offers a rounded, thorough analysis, which warrants attention.”

Samir Desai, Co-founder, Funding Circle

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