The unit is managing the Startup Europe and Innovation Radar initiatives, supporting the scaling up of deep tech startups in European ecosystems and mobilising innovators to raise the level of market ready innovation. Furthermore the unit is improving access to finance for digitisation and the use of innovation procurement in the Digital Europe and Horizon Framework Programmes. The unit is also responsible for the coordination of ICT standardisation policy, in cooperation with DG GROW in the context of the Multistakeholder Platform and relations with relevant standardisation organisations. The unit is Co-Chairing with DG FISMA the FinTech Task Force from the Digital Single Market side and driving policy action for blockchain-enabled innovation, including work on legal and regulatory aspects, managing the European Blockchain Partnership, its deployment of Digital Services Infrastructures under the Connecting Europe Facility and running the European Blockchain Observatory and Forum.

Responsible Person

Head of Unit
Pēteris Zilgalvis


+32-2-29 50935