The founding CEO of Tech City has said the current leadership team of the Tech City UK organisation needs to do more to drive policy change around the formation of a digital single market in Europe.

Eric Van der Kleij, now head of the Level39 technology accelerator in Canary Wharf, said: “It’s a tricky one but I reckon it’s time for them [Tech City UK] to step up to the plate and be very loud about the importance of a European digital single market.”


The EU wants to move from 28 national markets to a single one. The Union claims this could contribute €415 billion to the European economy and create 3.8 million jobs. 

Existing barriers online mean citizens miss out on goods and services, internet companies and startups have their horizons limited, and businesses and governments cannot fully benefit from digital tools, according to the EU. 

Tech City UK has already come out in support of a European digital single market but the taxpayer-funded organisation needs to use its powers to do more, according to Van der Kleij. 

“I know Gerard [Grech, incumbent Tech City UK CEO] gets it, he really does,” continued Van der Kleij. “But they have such a powerful influencing voice, I think we really need to get on the policy case around this.”

Techworld has asked Tech City UK to outline what it is doing to drive policy change that would support a European digital single market but the organisation is yet to respond.