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Allied For Startups

Our Mission

Allied for Startups is a worldwide network of over 45 advocacy organisations in 4 continents focused on improving the policy environment for startups. We are working together to create a consensus on policies that can positively impact startups and grow digital entrepreneurship and the digital economy at large. Our mission is to ensure that the voices of startups are heard in government.

Allied For Startups

Our Mission

Allied for Startups is a worldwide network of over 45 advocacy organisations in 4 continents focused on improving the policy environment for startups. We are working together to create a consensus on policies that can positively impact startups and grow digital entrepreneurship and the digital economy at large. Our mission is to ensure that the voices of startups are heard in government.

45
Advocacy Organisations
4
Continents
33
Countries
40
Advocacy Organisations
3
Continets
33
Countries

Our Story

On June 11th, 2014 twelve startup organisations came together with one mission: to speak with one voice on behalf of startups worldwide in politics and government – Allied for startups was formed. Over the past 6 years, Allied for Startups has grown remarkably. Our Membership has quadrupled, our advocacy network is now active in 33 countries and 4 continents and our Brussels office team is expanding. 

Since then, we have been part of a global startup explosion. The startup economy created $2.8 trillion in value between 2016 and 2018 , more than double than what it was five years ago. In turn, our advocacy with startups now covers data privacy, data flows, net neutraility, copyright, AI, platform governance, startups visas and more.

Startups are the number one drivers for jobs, innovation and economic growth. We are as convinced as ever that they, therefore, need a strong voice at the table with decision-makers. 

Startups do not grow proportionally, they grow exponentially. We want to design ad scale policies that enable exponential startup growth. Startups have so much potential for every aspect of our daily lives. We live in a time when our own conceptions of what’s possible are challenged by startup entrepreneurs. It’s a privilige and a great opportunity to he bringing their ambitions and ideas to the policy debate.

Melissa BlausteinFounder & CEO Allied for Startups

Our Story and Values

On June 11th, 2014 twelve startup organisations came together with one mission: to speak with one voice on behalf of startups worldwide in politics and government – Allied for startups was formed. Over the past 6 years, Allied for Startups has grown remarkably. Our Membership has quadrupled, our advocacy network is now active in 33 countries and four continents and our Brussels office team is expanding. 

Since then, we have been part of a global startup explosion. The startup economy created $2.8 trillion in value between 2016 and 2018 , more than double than what it was five years ago. In turn, our advocacy with startups now covers data privacy, data flows, net neutraility, copyright, AI, platform governance, startups visas and more.

Startups are the number one drivers for jobs, innovation and economic growth. We are as convinced as ever that they, therefore, need a strong voice at the table with decision-makers. 

Startups do not grow proportionally, they grow exponentially. We want to design ad scale policies that enable exponential startup growth. Startups have so much potential for every aspect of our daily lives. We live in a time when our own conceptions of what’s possible are challenged by startup entrepreneurs. It’s a privilige and a great opportunity to he bringing their ambitions and ideas to the policy debate.

Melissa Blaustein. Founder & CEO Allied for Startups

Allied for Startups is founded by Melissa Blaustein and 12 national startup associations
Allied for startups opens its Brussels office
Allied for Startups Launches 100EuropeanStartups
Formation of the 1st informal intergroup on startups and scale-ups in the European Parliament
the Allied for Startup team doubles!
Launch of the DTx platform for startups in the healthcare ecosystem
Former MEP Dan Dalton joins Allied for Startups as Senior Advisor and head of the Advisory Board
Formation of the Advisory Board

Our Values

Our values define us. They govern the way we work internally as a team as well as externally with our members, policy makers and other ecosystem stakeholders.

Positivity

In policy you’ll always meet twice. You will have a point of agreement with everyone. Our messaging is resolutely positive & optimistic.

Transparency and Accountability

Open and honest with each other about concerns, issues and questions with honesty and compassion.

Solution Oriented

Don’t ask how something can’t work, ask how it could work . If there is a problem, think of two solutions and approach a team member with it.

Always Learning

If you honestly tried your best and followed up, there’s only learnings. Being willing to fail to get it right.

We are Innovators

There’s no other company like this one! We’re innovators in the policy space, blazing the trail for startups around the world. We’re doing things differently - in the best possible way.

Commitment

We’re not just executing orders, we’re thinking things through. We are reliable.

Empathy & Integrity

We’re a small team, we’re all helping each other and if something new comes up, chances are that we’re doing it for the first time.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a basic mindset - we don’t join manels. Diversity brings better ideas. Gender balance matters.

Empowerment

Take time to reflect if your activities are making you grow. Set up regular feedback meetings. 360 degree feedback on a quarterly basis.

Teamwork

We are a team for the good and the bad.

The Dream

The Dream

MELISSA BLAUSTEIN
FOUNDER & CEO
BENEDIKT BLOMEYER
DIRECTOR FOR EU POLICY
DANIEL DALTON
SENIOR ADVISOR
MANON TABACZYNSKY
POLICY OFFICER
INES MORENO
POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
GAIVANDAS GIEDRAITIS
DIGITAL HEALTH FELLOW

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board guides the activities of Allied for Startups on a strategic level, raises awareness of critical issues, and functions as a sounding board for new ideas and policy objectives for the organisation. It provides expert analysis to better identify, advocate and influence the issues affecting digital startups.
The Advisory Board does not partake in day-to-day advocacy work or lobbying of any kind and are not remunerated.

KAT BORLOGAN
Head, Le French Tech
KATHRYN C. BROWN
President and CEO of the Internet Society
FRAN BURWELL
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
EVA KAILI
Member of the European Parliament
ROBERT MADELIN
Chairman of FIPRA International Ltd
MATTHEW TSAYEMI
Executive Director, China European International Business School, Ghana
MARIE EKELAND
Founder Daphni Fund and 2030 Fund

Continental Council

Our Continental Council is formed by leaders and CEOs of Allied for Startups’ members. They are elected and voted in by our members for a period of two years. Their role is to advise on strategy and priorities.

MELISSA BLAUSTEIN
Founder & CEO
NICOLAS BRIEN
CEO, France Digitale
MICHAEL MCGEARY
Formes Political Director and Senior Strategist at Engine
SIMON SCHAEFER
Founder & CEO, Factory
LIZ MCCARTHY
Executive Director, Scale Ireland
DOINA POPA
Vice-President Codette
DASH DHAKSHINAMOORTHY
Founder & CEO, Startup Malaysia
DOM HALLAS
Executive director, The Coalition for the DigitalX Economy (COADEC)

Corporate Board

We are proud to be sponsored by our Corporate Board. It supports our activities, as selected by our members, but has no voting rights.