There is no shortage of talent brewing in AI in Europe and people with an entrepreneurial spirit to see them through. We have an ever-growing number of startups and the promise they show is second to none. However, we desperately need to create an environment for the companies and technologies of the future to develop and succeed in Europe – to provide jobs but also to help meet the challenges facing our planet. This has always been the case, but the gathering storm resulting from COVID-19 makes the need for the right environment more urgent than ever.
Last year, when the proposals for new AI regulations in the EU were first published, dozens of startups across the “Digital 9” countries decided to form a coalition – the Digital Future for Europe – to respond in unison to the European Commission’s White Paper.