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Open Evidence

Open Evidence

Open Evidence SL is a spin off of the Open University of Catalunya (UOC), created in 2013. The staff is composed by UOC researchers previously part of Tech4i2 ltd.

The company offers research-based evidence and practical support for public and private sector organisations in the successful utilisation of technology for policymaking, service delivery, performance monitoring, and benchmarking. It delivers theory-based and empirically robust practical insights for innovative and inclusive policies and strategies. Open Evidence is also one of the leading European consultancies in using web tools for policy development, stakeholder online engagement and dissemination in policy-focused studies and FP7 projects.

The main domain of intervention is Information Society, Health and Consumer, and Research and Innovation policy. With regard to the present tender, its staff has performed studies for the European Commission in the following domains and expertise:

  • Innovation policy evaluation: long-standing skills and experience in policy evaluation, economic modelling and impact studies, such as the evaluation of the Digital Agenda for Europe (actions for the Member States), the FP7-ICT programme and the impact of FP7 on industry .

  • Crowdfunding of research and innovation: in depth knowledge of how innovation and science are being transformed through peer-to-peer collaboration, such as in the implementation of a study on science 2.0 for DG RTD and a study on alternative funding for research and innovation for JRC IPTS.

  • Stakeholders engagement. specialising knowledge o web-based services for meaningful online policy discussions and collaboration between stakeholders. Our staff has led the online engagement for the Digital Agenda Assembly in the last 3 years.

The Open Evidence team has extensive experience in delivering applied policy research for the European Commission including projects concerning quantitative and qualitative analysis, policy recommendations and stakeholder engagement. Since 2009 Open Evidence staff has successfully completed (or is currently delivering) for the European Commission more than 30 studies and 6 FP7 projects. These studies required quantitative and qualitative analysis, highly interactive stakeholder engagement and policy recommendations.



European Crowdfunding Network Aisbl

The European Crowdfunding Network Aisbl (ECN), based in Brussels, is a professional network promoting adequate transparency, (self) regulation and governance while offering a combined voice in policy discussion and public opinion building. Members are European crowdfunding platforms covering the different types of crowdfunding (donations, reward-based, peer to peer, equity and mixed models). ECN supports its members in carrying initiatives aimed at innovating, representing, promoting and protecting the European crowdfunding industry.

ECN’s aim is to increase the use of crowdfunding to provide access to finance, support entrepreneurship and market take-up of innovative products and services. ECN is well connected to the EU innovation ecosystem: innovators, entrepreneurs and early stage investors. ECN is also involved in several EU-funded projects aiming at raising awareness and developing the use of crowdfunding. For example, it is currently participating in several studies and projects aiming at the mapping and knowledge gathering on the state of crowdfunding in Europe (see project references below) and has been involved in related discussions, workshops and processes at European level.

ECN is member of the European Crowdfnding Stakeholder Forum and has been involved in recent studies and publications about the state of Crowdfunding across Europe, including the only comprehensive legal review on the Crowdfunding regulation in the EU member states and other competitors

In this study, ECN will bring the regulatory expertise and the strong network. It will be in charge of facilitating data gathering from platforms, providing the content for the country fiches on regulatory issues and managing the engagement of stakeholders, both through meetings and through online engagement.


Politecnico di Milano

Politecnico di Milano

The Politecnico di Milano was established in 1863 and it is currently ranked as one of the most outstanding European universities in engineering, architecture and industrial design. Among its most eminent professors over the years, there are mathematicians Francesco Brioschi (its first Director) and Giulio Natta who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963. Politecnico is organised in 17 departments and has a network of 9 Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design.

The partner department that will be involved in this tender is the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering (DIG). DIG is one of the largest departments in the University, staffing around ninety tenured professors. The research tasks of DIG cover three major areas: Applied Economics, Management, and Production and Logistics Systems. The area of Applied Economics focuses mainly on economics of innovation, entrepreneurship, economics of network industries, international business regional and urban economics, and financial economics.

In the specific domain of crowdfunding, Politecnico’s staff brings a unique reputation in terms of providing original and robust data, based on different text analysis approaches. They correctly analyse the projects on the platform in terms of topic, type of approach and innovation level. Prof. Colombo and Prof. Franzoni have extensively published on high impact journals, most recently with their article on Science about crowdfunding.




Ernst & Young (EY) is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 190,000 people, based in over 728 offices across 150 countries, are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. The members of EY assist governments and companies across all industries to deal with a broad range of policy and business issues.

EY has several skills that will contribute to the successful implementation of this evaluation, mainly: our expert knowledge on evaluation and impact assessment, our understanding of innovation, our approach to SMEs and Entepreneurs, our interpretation of project management and the ability to build multidisciplinary teams as well as our local presence in the EU 27 Member States.

EY professionals have a strong experience in definition, review and evaluation of European projects, programs and policies and a deep understanding of the aims of the European Commission as demonstrated by numerous assignments carried out so far.

EY positions itself as the Entrepreneurship firm with a clear commitment to entrepreneurial companies, in both emerging and developed economies around the world. At EY we have been working with entrepreneurs for over three decades and we bring this experience to bear.