Building a mobile and mobile service industry in Luxembourg

Date: 10/10/2014

A number of policy recommendations for how to make Luxembourg achieve excellence within specific areas of mobile technology and services were presented at the “Mobilise Luxembourg” conference on 6 October. The conference was organised by the Luxembourg ICT and Space Clusters and their partners in order to explore how the best possible business environment for new mobile-service companies to grow in the Grand Duchy could be developed.

In 2014, Luxembourg became an innovation partner of the European Mobile & Mobility Industries Alliance (EMMIA) in order to boost the country’s potential in the field of mobile services and applications. Luxembourg represents one of those regions that, with the right policy actions, could achieve excellence within specific areas and develop new fast growing companies in order to make Europe become the leader within mobile technology and services again. A study made by EMMIA in collaboration with Luxinnovation provides tailor-made policy recommendations for Luxembourg’s mobile industry.

The study was publicly presented at the “Mobilise Luxembourg” event. The conference was opened by Michele Gallo of the Ministry of the Economy and included a keynote address by Prof. Dr. Björn Ottersten, Director of the SnT – Interdisciplinary Centre for “Security, Reliability and Trust” and Digital Champion of Luxembourg. Jerome Zois, Europe for Startups, introduced the Startup Manifesto Europe as well as the start-up scene in Luxembourg, and Frédéric Becker of Luxinnovation provided an overview of Luxinnovation’s support offer to start-up companies.

Concrete recommendations

The policy recommendations, which were presented by Micael Gustafsson, Clusterland Sweden / EMMIA, include simple things that could be easily implemented as well as more extensive policies that would need to be discussed on a high political level. They include, among other things, the following highlights: 

  • Increase the involvement of the financial sector in start-up activities and encourage investments and collaborations with Luxembourg entrepreneurs
  • Build a National Open Data Portal (following the EU PSI directive) that would make data available for developing new innovative services
  • Provide free wifi in central Luxembourg in order to drive mobile service innovation
  • Increase collaboration – between industry and public research organisations and between large established industries and entrepreneurs

Access to talented staff is crucial for start-ups, and document also recommends to further enhance general conditions that would make Luxembourg more attractive for young, talented people and to build capacity for the ICT sector by providing relevant vocational training and investigation how the national educational system could be further improved to meet companies’ needs. Additional suggestions include, for instance, measures to facilitate company creation and to encourage the use of Luxembourg as a “test bed” for new mobile technologies and services.

Next steps

The final version of the policy recommendations, which will include the feedback from “Mobilise Luxembourg” participants, will be ready in early November 2014 and presented at the final EMMIA event in Rome on 21 November. Luxinnovation, together with the Luxembourg ICT and Space Clusters, will then define priority projects and road maps until the end of the year. The objective is to launch concrete pilot projects – based on the policy recommendations – in 2015 which will have a direct impact on the Luxembourg economy.

Luxinnovation wishes to thank the Ministry of the Economy, the Digital Champion of Luxembourg, Europe for Startups, HotCity and the EMMIA project for their support to this initiative.

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