Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Nicolas Brien, Euratechnologies

Who:  Nicolas Brien is the Chairman of The Executive Board of Euratechnologies, Europe’s largest and oldest incubator, and President of the European Startup Network, an industry group which represents startups in Brussels. He was named European Young Leader of 2022 and is the founder of FutureProof Summit, a new conference that took place in Lille, France on March 17.

Topic:  The FutureProof Summit’s efforts to create an open-air supermarket of made-in-Europe digital solutions.
Quote: “We now have, as part of the pan-European recovery plan, tremendous budgets for digital transformation.  Some €760 billion have been allocated for pan-European recovery and some 20% of €150 billion is for digital transition. The question is whether this €150 billion of our taxpayer money will end up being invested in European startups to build a sound EU startup system or in the bank accounts of the U.S. Big Tech players.”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.