The rise of app ecosystems has put the US in the front seat of the mobile industry, a place once held by Europe with its strong pedigree in mobile technology. However, Europe continues to be a major force in mobile app ecosystems, with its contribution to the global app economy being second only to the US. With competition from high-growth markets rising, Europe needs to become a global hub for mobile startups in order to maintain this position.
The economic crisis that has plagued Europe for the past few years, has had and continues to have a major impact on the labour market, particularly in the South. Unemployment rates in Southern Europe exceed 25% with youth unemployment surpassing 50%.
Yet, the app economy has been expanding rapidly; as indicated in our latest report, the European App Economy commissioned by ACT4apps and co-authored with Plum Consulting, Europe is a major force in the global app ecosystem and is directly responsible for over 500,000 jobs in the EU28 region. The report was hailed as a “wake-up call” for the EU by European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes, who is responsible for the EU digital agenda.