We are excited to announce that HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands/StartupDelta Envoy will join Slush. Together with Winslow Sargeant, former Chief Counsel to President Obama on Small Business Administration, he will step on to the Black Stage to discuss what governments can do to enable the ideal growing environment for startups. Uber European policy manager Guy Levin will moderate the fire side chat.
Prince Constantijn has the ambition to “turn the Netherlands into the West Coast of Europe”: the best place for entrepreneurs to start, build and internationalize their business. Prior to his appointment as StartupDelta Envoy Prince Constantijn was Head of Cabinet to former Vice President Neelie Kroes at the European Commission.
President Barack Obama’s former Chief Counsel for Advocacy for the Small Business Administration Winslow Sargeant will join the discussion. As an investor and startup accelerator he knows from experience what it takes to grow a business, while as Counsel to President Obama he was in charge of policy, advocacy and law making side of small business. Currently he is Managing Director of S&T, LLC, accelerating startups.
Moderator Guy Levin will bring in the company perspectives. He leads Uber’s European Public Policy team. Before Uber Levin worked for Coadec, building the bridge between the startup community and policy makers in United Kingdom. His work for digital economy made him the ambassador of the year in TechCityInsider’s 2015 TechCities Awards.
Startups and policy makers has not always seen eye to eye, but the trend is very promising. Successful examples of government and startup community cooperation in the past include Airbnb in Netherlands. In 2014, Airbnb and the city of Amsterdam made an agreement that Airbnb would start collecting the taxes on behalf of the hosts.