Community/Ecosystem (incl. engagement of SMEs/startups)

  • Posted on: 28 September 2021
  • By: Mattia Trino

The Task Force Community/Ecosystem (incl. engagement of SMEs/startups) focuses on activities related to enlarging, strengthening and diversifying the BDVA community and thereby the breadth of activities involving BDVA members. These activities include those responding directly to their BDVA membership, those involving liaisons with external stakeholders and members’ engagement with wider and those involving ongoing association-wide activities. This TF works for BDVA to become a reference for any and all stakeholders interested in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (as user or supplier) at EU level. As such, the value proposition and member engagement capabilities evolve in line with this ambition.

Focusing on other tangible outcomes, this TF contributes directly to the refinement, adaptation and communication of the BDVA value proposition to its members, supports BDVA in reaching out to different sectorial or technological communities through collaboration in events, supports the signature of MoUs and all other activities that help to optimise the BDVA ecosystem.

Regarding the associations’s membership, the scope and objectives are:

• Membership Strategy to define the optimal membership structure according to needed skills, sector and country representation and any other criteria considered relevant for successful execution of the BDVA activities;

• Membership matrix & selection: Membership requests will be mapped according to membership expectations in order to have an overall up-to-date vision on the BDVA membership. This matrix will facilitate new members’ selection or will trigger specific actions to look for particular profiles that may still be necessary; 

• Member proactive acquisition: BDVA will pursue active acquisition of members in alignment with the membership strategy;

• BDVA value proposition for members;

• KPI for measuring the impact: quarterly reports on BDVA membership status against initial expectations. The report shall also include (if necessary) recommendations on specific profiles that shall be proactively contacted and invited to join the BDVA association.

The TF further identifies the relevant external entities, associations, projects or other initiatives that may bring added value to the BDVA, and to which BDVA can contribute or influence. In doing so, the TF prioritises each of the collaboration according to tailored working plans. Moreover, it provides a regular overview of the status of ongoing collaborations.

Finally, this TF is committed to the outcomes regarding the engagement of SMEs and startups. Its scope includes the production of content on the EU data market for SMEs, both on the demand and supply sides, as input to the different stakeholders. It also engages with investors interested in EU data-driven start-ups, in a coordinated manner (e.g. establishing a dedicated working group and organizing sessions at events) to create awareness and provide assistance to help on deal flows.

Focus and activities

This Task Force focuses on activities related to enlarging, strengthening and diversifying the BDVA community and thereby the breadth of activities involving BDVA members. The membership of BDVA has grown over the years while maintaining a good balance in terms of countries, profiles of organisations and sectors. Active recruitment of members continued in support of the transition from the Horizon 2020 to the Horizon Europe programmes and the changes in the scope and activities of BDVA.The current BDVA community is deeply involved in complex, collaborative activities with the single purpose of identifying and responding to the latest challenges that Europe faces in relevant topic areas (both societal and technological). By successfully building the ecosystem beyond its current size and scope, the profile and output of the BDVA will remain relevant, credible, influential and fully endorsed by its group of stakeholders.BDVA continues to be a highly relevant, proactive and forward-looking sector body that boasts a highly representative community of stakeholders involved in Big Data, AI and more recently an increasingly diverse ecosystem of associated bodies involved in related topic areas such as Robotics and Digital Technologies. By representing the voice of a broad spectrum of actors with a strong presence in the relevant working structures, BDVA will evolve and enrich its value proposition, in line with the changes and challenges that emerged with Horizon Europe and Digital Europe. Equally, the involvement of SMEs active in that area is of outmost importance for the success of the BDVA ecosystem, supporting their business and opening new opportunity for their growth.


Chris Knighting
Technical University Eindhoven


  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EIT Digital (2015)
  • Memorandum of collaboration (MoC) with AIOTI (2018)
  • Memorandum of collaboration (MoC) with EFFRA (2018)
  • Memorandum of collaboration (MoC) with euRobotics (2018)
  • Memorandum of collaboration (MoC) with NESSI (2019)
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ETSI (2019)
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CEN-CENELEC (2020)
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EOS (2021)