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The larger the size of a company's employee base, the more that founders care about regulatory changes related to hiring flexibility and stock options.

In your opinion, what is one regulatory change that would have a materially positive impact on the prospects of your business?

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  • Tax
  • Regulatory Support for Startups
  • Data Protection or Access
  • Hiring Flexibility
  • Capital Support
  • Banking, Payment
  • EU Harmonization
  • Stock Option
  • Deregulation
Note:
Founder respondents only. Based on respondents that gave explicit responses only

The goal for policymakers should be to use the tools at their disposal to tackle fragmentation and reduce the cost and bureaucracy associated with starting and scaling businesses in Europe.

The goal for policymakers should be to use the tools at their disposal to tackle fragmentation and reduce the cost and bureaucracy associated with starting and scaling businesses in Europe. However, as we look towards the next EU Commission and new legislative proposals which may follow, regulators need to better understand the impact of the changes they propose and find new ways to engage with founders at very early stages, many of whom are understandably unfamiliar with the world of policy. Equally European tech companies (of all sizes) need to engage in policy discussions if they are interested in long-term growth.

Linda Griffin

King