Meet the associations and entities we collaborate with :


  • European Digital Forum

    The European Digital Forum is a think tank led by the Lisbon Council and Nesta, in collaboration with the European Commission's Startup Europe Initiative. Founding partners include the European Investment Fund, Telefónica and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA). Accenture serves as partner.

    The European Digital Forum is a think tank devoted to exploring and deepening the original Startup Manifesto, released in 2013 in the Startup Europe Forum organised by Telefonica, The Lisbon Council, Campus Party and the European Commission and signed by nine wildly successful European entrepreneurs and addressed to European policymakers.

    The European Digital Forum is a first-of-its kind think tank dedicated to empowering tech entrepreneurs and growing Europe’s digital economy. The European Digital Forum gives a voice in public policy to the continent’s most enterprising and innovative entrepreneurs.

    The European Digital Forum aspires to become Europe’s leading think tank and policy network on digital economy and digital entrepreneurship issues. It is designed as a “broad church,” meaning that it will seek to take digital economy issues – which are oftentimes seen as niche or sectoral in nature – and place them squarely in the wider economic context.

    The European Digital Forum aims to deliver thought leadership in transforming the European economy “from coal and steel to wired and digital.” A crucial element in this transformation is encouraging Europeans to become web entrepreneurs, supporting technology startups and engaging with established corporate players, with the overall purpose to intellectually engage and inspire a new generation of leaders and doers. Against this backdrop, the European Digital Forum is uniquely positioned at the interface of technology/tech entrepreneurship/innovation and public policy.

    >> More info (PDF): Start up to Scale Up


  • European Council on Foreign Relations

    The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is an award-winning international think-tank that aims to conduct cutting-edge independent research; provide a safe meeting space for policy-makers, activists and intellectuals to share ideas; and offer a media platform to get Europeans talking about their role in the world.

    As a think-tank with extensive expertise on the role of Europe in the world, ECFR launched the research project ¨Europe’s Digital Power¨ on the challenges that the digital revolution presents for the European Union and its future. As an important step towards a more strategic European approach to the digital revolution, this research project is mapping Europe’s digital power, outlining the challenges it faces, nationally and internationally, and recommending the policies and actions it should take to become a key player in the digital realm.

    The project aims to raise awareness among policy makers about the implications of the digital revolution for Europe, identify weaknesses in Europe’s ability to respond to this and propose solutions. In order to do this, the project explores the relevance of the digital revolution in relation to the following dimensions of European power: economy, security and diplomacy. The project aims to achieve its objectives by organizing digital brainstorming sessions in capitals around Europe, carrying out extensive research and interviews with policymakers and representatives of the private sector throughout the EU and publishing innovative content on digital debates and challenges on the project’s website.

    >> More info (PDF): The New Great Game (march 2016)


  • Bruegel

    Bruegel is a European think tank that specialises in economics. Established in 2005, it is independent and non-doctrinal. Bruegel’s mission is to improve the quality of economic policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate. We are committed to impartiality, openness and excellence. Bruegel’s membership includes EU Member State governments, international corporations and institutions.

    Through publications, events, social media, and a lively blog, Bruegel has carved a unique discussion space for everyone interested in improving the quality of economic policy. Through a dual focus on analysis and impact, and dynamic relationships with policymakers at every governance level, it has also established itself as a vibrant laboratory for economic policies.

    Telefonica joined Bruegel in 2014 as corporate member. As part of Telefonica’s commitment to the future of Europe we decided to support Bruegel and become a corporate member. Bruegel research has shifted from traditional economic issues such as fiscal and monetary policies to a more holistic approach to economics that today includes competition, industrial and innovation policies. Also the digital revolution is part of the central stage in Bruegel research and communications efforts.