Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of Europe’s economy. According to the European Commission’s statistics, SMEs represent 99% of all businesses in the European Union. In the past ve years, they have created around 85% of new jobs and provided two-thirds of the total private sector employment in Europe1. The European Commission considers SMEs and entrepreneurship as key to ensuring economic growth, innovation, job creation and social integration in the European Union.
The SMEs part of the Big Data Value Association5 are fast growing businesses offering their products and services to their partners and customers to develop Big Data driven innovation. The pro les, expertise and competences of the Association’s SMEs range from data management, including data analytics, integration and visualisation, to data standardisation and architectures, as well as data services, consultancies and users. The showcased SMEs operate in aerospace, agriculture, defence, energy health, manufacturing, transport and other domains at the European level and globally and are key players in the European data-driven economy.