Digital Agenda. Italian entrepreneurs just need more space

Digital Agenda. Italian entrepreneurs just need more space (TBL) – Today the School of Management Politecnico di Milano has released an infographic that nicely summarizes the proceedings of European Digital Agenda in Italy.

According to the aggregated data from the Politecnico, the Italian team has the task of implementing the digital agenda has already accumulated a 600 days delay compared to the Brussels guidelines. It is; the University of Milan says, largely because in the years ‘ 90 we invested too little in technology, accumulating a competitive disadvantage that we are now paying back.

It is not easy to replicate to figures like those. The variation in the rate of productivity per employee of plus and minus virtuous countries is overwhelming: from 1996 to 2012, The United States increased from just over 110% to 140% growth. The Germany has managed to do the half, which is a miracle anyway. Even Spain heretofore today a year-over-year increase of 120%. But the line of poor Italy went bucking, and now our growth in productivity per employee fell to 105%, while we were left in 1996 at the same level as the others.

What does Italian economy need to catch up?

Agenda Digitale - Digital Agenda
Foto di: Mohd Hafizuddin Husin

The digital agenda is a set of rules that are, mostly, to focus in the right direction the money we produce us and which comes from Brussels in the form of funds. For this purpose, dozens of the best brains of the national economy got together to find some solutions, and that are doing their best. The proposals of the Politecnico di Milano, which suggests increasing the level of governance, shows that Italian digital agenda sports intelligence and wisdom.

The problem is that these qualities has been and still are used to create rules in which contractors have to move to qualify to aid. Sure, the digital agenda includes many activities that do not relate specifically to funds businesses. Welcome to eGovernment, Groovy digital health, well-being intelligent cities (as long as they are really not only in computer science). However, scrolling is missing pages that are gradually accumulating, freedom, which is by far the most critical value that an entrepreneur can leverage to change things.

An example of all: startups are one of the cornerstones of Italian program for a digital agenda. Sin, however that in order to be considered a start-up, a company should respect very strict series list of criteria, such as between members of at least one person who holds a master’s degree. In other words, the son of a grocer with a creative idea, to renew the family activities, will never be considered a start-up and will not benefit from aid to them never reserved.

We are Europeans, not Americans. We try to preserve the welfare of our parents, and we do not see kindly to liberalism in economics. But for creative entrepreneurs a little more freedom and a little fewer boxes would do just fine.