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Neelie Kroes gathers Leaders Club to help foster more European start-ups

SiliconRepublic - Vice-president of the European Commission and commissioner in charge of the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes is leading a group of nine successful entrepreneurs that will meet regularly to discuss how best to encourage more European start-ups.

Kroes’ assembled A-team consists of Zaryn Denzel, founder of Spanish social network Tuenti; Spotify founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon; Rovio chair Kaj Hed; Lars Hinrichs, founder and CEO of pre-seed investment company HackFwd; Joanna Shields, CEO and chair of Tech City Investment Organisation; Reshma Sohoni, partner at European micro-seed investment fund and mentoring programme Seedcamp; The Next Web founder Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten; and Niklas Zennström, co-founder of Skype, Joost and Atomico, among others.

“I want young entrepreneurs to have role models, and for them to have a real digital single market to grow their ideas in,” said Kroes. “These people didn’t just talk about doing something, they went and did it. That’s why young people and leaders should listen to them.”