Virtual Debate:

Virtual Roundtable: For fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in AI

Fundamentally AI can be a source for good and is already used on a daily basis to help with diagnosing cancer, detecting cardiac arrest during emergency calls, identifying crop disease, detecting and preventing fraud, overcoming dyslexia, optimising energy production, etc. Startups are key to unlocking the vast potential of AI and for the EU to take the lead globally.

Therefore, we need common ground and understanding between regulators and entrepreneurs to ensure proportionate and effective regulation that will make innovation in the field of AI thrive for the benefit of everyone.

This virtual event will give the word to the European AI-entrepreneurs in search for a mutual understanding with policy makers on AI.

The event will be showcasing real life stories of entrepreneurs leading to a panel debate for relevant EU policy makers, startups and rapporteurs to share their perspectives.
January 26th
10:00 - 12:00
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Date: 26 January 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Moderator: Benedikt Blomeyer

10.00-10.05: Welcome address - Peter Kofler, Danish Entrepreneurs, introduction of moderator

10.05-10.15: Welcome address - Morten Løkkegaard MEP,  Renew

10.15-10.25: Keynote address - Werner Stengg, Cabinet Member to Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestagers cabinet

10.25-11.00 1. Session: Why do we need regulation?

How can we maximise Europe’s potential to compete globally in the field of AI and create “an ecosystem of excellence”. How does the current Commission proposal assist startups and how does it create the right incentives to accelerate the adoption of AI. 

  • Marcel Kolaja, MEP, Greens/EFA
  • Julia Fenart, Head of European Affairs at France Digitale
  • Renaud Vedel, Coordinator of France's National AI Strategy Global Partnership on AI's Steering Committee Co-chair

11.00-11.25: 2. Session: Why do we need AI? AI entrepreneurs’ stories

AI startups in Europe will demonstrate their innovative solutions and highlight the barriers they experience in creating uptake and stressing their wishes for legislation in the field of AI.

  • Lars Maaløe, CTO, Corti
  • Hugo Ruggieri, Legal Director and DPO, Doctrine

11.25-11.55 3. Session: How do we balance regulation and innovation? Panel Discussion

In light of legitimate societal concerns, how can we reconcile the need for increased trust and human centric approach without stifling innovation among startups? 

  • Stephen Alstrup, CEO and Professor, Algorithms and Complexity
  • Lars Maaløe, CTO, Corti
  • Dirk Staudenmayer, Head of Unit, European Commission

11.55-12.00: Closing remarks - Benedikt Blomeyer


Julia Fenart

Julia Fenart is head of European Affairs at France Digitale, the largest startup organization in Europe. France Digitale brings together the champions of digital entrepreneurship: it gathers 1800 digital startups with strong growth plans and more than 100 investors (venture capitalists and business angels)

Benedikt Blomeyer

As Director of EU Policy at Allied for Startups, Benedikt engages with policy files ranging from AI to online platform regulation. He is particularly interested in shaping a fact-based discussion on the possibilities of innovation and technology, after having worked on the Digital Single Market in the last years.

Lars Maaløe

Lars Maaløe is the CTO at Corti. Corti is a machine intelligence company providing accurate decision support to medical conversations, allowing patients to get the right treatment faster. By utilizing cutting-edge machine learning methods Corti listens in on emergency phone calls and analyzes the conversations in real time. Corti helps dispatchers diagnose illnesses and provides prompts for effective action.

Werner Stengg

Werner Stengg is Member of Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager’s Cabinet. His experience within the European Institutions includes positions in DG Budget and the European Council of Ministers.  Werner is also on the coordination of digital policy artificial Intelligence and data economy.

Hugo Ruggieri

Hugo Ruggieri is legal director and DPO at Doctrine, a legal intelligence platform that uses AI to simplify access to law for professionals. Doctrine employs machine learning to understand legal texts and provide the correct information at the right time, but also to anonymize court decisions before publishing them online.

Morten Løkkegaard

Morten Lokkegaard is member of the European Parliament for more than 10 years. As a member of IMCO, the parliament's committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, he focuses especially on the digital agendas in the EU. One of his priorities is to ensure that future European regulation on artificial intelligence does not stifle innovation. It is of utmost importance that the coming legislation allow SMEs and start-ups to flourish in Europe.

Stephen Alstrup

Stephen Alstrup is CEO and co-founder at SupWiz, who creates AI software solutions to improve customer service and support. Besides being a tech-entrepreneur with successful start-ups, Stephen is also an algorithm professor. Stephen have previously co-founded Octoshape (one of the largest Danish IT acquisition), IT-university of Copenhagen, been member of the board for innovation fund Denmark, digital wise men council, etc.

Renaud Vedel

Renaud Vedel has been the Ministerial Coordinator for Artificial Intelligence of France since 2018. 

Marcel Kolaja 

Marcel Kolaja has been a member of the Czech Pirate Party since 2010. In 2019, he was elected a Member of the European Parliament and subsequently became Vice-President of the European Parliament. Topics related to the functioning of society in the digital age are his main focus. Marcel Kolaja stands for open technologies, freedom on the Internet, independence of media, transparency, and a united Europe.

Dirk Staudenmayer

Dr. Dirk Staudenmayer has been Head of Unit “Contract law” at the Directorate-General Justice and Consumers of the European Commission since July 2010. He is also the author of numerous publications, in particular in the areas of European contract, digital, consumer, competition and education law.
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