Dec 10th, 2018 - 2 min read

Dawex presents at 5th Horizon 2020 Forum in Paris

Dawex presents at 5th H2020 Forum in Paris

On December 5, 2018, Laurent Lafaye, co-founder of Dawex, participated in the 5th Horizon 2020 Forum and 6th edition of the "European Stars" event at the Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac museum. The topic for the round table was: Ambitious EU innovation policy and its territorial components.

With him were several other renowned speakers who came to answer questions by Paul De Brem, science journalist and Forum moderator:

  • Stéphanie Von Euw, Vice-President in charge of European Affairs for the Île-de-France Region
  • Dominique de Carlac’h, Vice-President of the MEDEF entrepreneur network and President of the D&Consultants innovation consultancy
  • Agnès Paillard, member of the Board of Directors at EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technology)

Laurent Lafaye, co-founder of Dawex, joined this round table as a laureate of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2, a program that seeks to fund innovative projects developed by European SMEs.

As part of Horizon 2020, the Framework Program for Research and Innovation (FPRI) had already focused on innovation issues. For the next period, 2021-2027, the European Commission chose to further emphasize its work in this area. Innovation will thus become one of the three major pillars in Europe's future Horizon program.

As a continuation of existing actions, this new pillar will include the creation of a European Innovation Council (EIC). The Council will be organized in two parts:

  • Pathfinder, whose objective will be to support technology-intensive startups requiring significant long-term investment
  • Accelerator, which will focus on companies' ramp-up phase

In addition, EIC will differentiate itself through a project portfolio approach, program managers with more liberty of action, and intervention through loans, guarantees, and equity investment in addition to regular subsidies.

On a European level, local stakeholders will provide support for project development as well as help with guidance, expertise, and sometimes financial aid. Synergies will make it possible to plan projects by leveraging both a regional dimension and success goals at European and even global levels.

Dawex's presence at the Horizon 2020 Forum in Paris reiterates the company's desire to deploy its marketplace on a European scale in order to unleash the potential of data. That deployment will benefit both European companies and the European Union, whose objective is to adapt the EU's single market for the digital era."

As part of this project, Dawex will deploy the data marketplace throughout Europe, notably offering the highest level of security and full compliance with applicable European regulations (GDPR). The goal is to make data exchange secure and accessible to all business stakeholders, thus contributing to economic growth in the EU while facilitating and accelerating the circulation of data flows.