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 Circle, MOO, Index Ventures, Passion Capital, Seedcamp and Accel Partners. See here for the full list of supporters, and here for what people are saying about it.

The Startup Manifesto sets out 24 ways the next government can make the UK a world leader on digital innovation.

Improve access to finance

1.     Commit to keeping SEIS and EIS tax reliefs for the next Parliament

2.     Bring back tax reliefs for Corporate Venture Capital

3.     Remove the cap on Entrepreneurs’ Relief and lower the equity threshold

Improve access to talent

4.     Restore post-study work visas for STEM graduates

5.     Make it easier for startups to hire from overseas

6.     Reform the Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

7.     Open up the Entrepreneur Visa to those with funding from angel investors and crowdfunding platforms

8.     Review and streamline visa processes with the support of the Government Digital Service

9.     Invest to help teachers deliver the new computing curriculum

10. Create incentives for individuals and startups to help train teachers and students

11. Promote free tools including Moocs, Codecademy, and third sector initiatives like code clubs

Build world class digital infrastructure and increase supply of affordable office space

12. Continue to invest in superfast connectivity and raise the level of ambition for digital infrastructure

13. Review the planning system and property regulations to increase the supply of affordable office space for startups

Bring laws and regulations into the 21st Century

14. Make it government policy to support disruptive innovation and create an environment where people and businesses can adapt

15. Encourage permissionless innovation

16. Commit more resources to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

17. Create a framework for data protection that gives confidence to consumers and does not stifle innovation

18. Continue to support fintech innovation

19. Review regulations surrounding collaborative consumption and the ‘sharing economy’

Use digital government to unlock innovation

20. Make it easier for startups to sell to government

21. Commit to keep and expand the Government Digital Service

22. Create standards for secure online identity assurance

23. Accelerate progress towards ‘Government as a Platform’, including releasing APIs for government services

24. Go further on open data, including real-time performance dashboards for all government services