Readie is managed by Nesta, the global innovation foundation, and supported by Google.

About Readie

Readie is a European digital policy centre, set up as an alliance for research and policy into the digital economy in 2015. It promotes digital policies that benefit society and drive economic growth. At the heart of Readie is a network of organisations working within the digital economy, spanning Europe. These organisations range from London School of Economics and Political Science to Poland’s DElab.

Readie is run and managed by Nesta, the innovation foundation. Nesta and Google co-fund Readie’s core costs. Through a combination of financial and in-kind support, other organisations have supported Readie events and activities. These organisations include NEMODE (funded by Research Councils UK), the University of Greenwich, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, RKW Kompetenzzentrum, Tillväxtverket (the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) and Vinnova (the Swedish innovation agency).

While Readie works with different funders and partners to make this happen, independence is at the heart of its mission. We publish details of those that we work with and all of our findings so that we can continue to create the open collaboration needed for a fairer digital economy.

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The Readie team

Valerie Mocker

Valerie Mocker is Head of Development & European Digital Policy at Nesta and leads Readie.

She set up Nesta’s programme to foster collaborations between established companies and technology startups. With Startup Europe Partnership and Founders Forum, Valerie authored “Winning Together: A guide to successful corporate-startup collaborations” which is utilised by over 300 leading corporations.

Valerie regularly speaks on digitalisation and entrepreneurship at events including CeBIT, the OECD Forum, and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Valerie holds numerous advisory positions, for example as Ambassador for Strategy of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, which is managed by Kauffman Foundation, the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Global Entrepreneurship Week.


Olivia Chapman

Olivia Chapman is Policy and Communications Manager for Readie.

Olivia manages Readie’s policy network and speaks frequently at events about the digital economy and impact of digitalisation. Olivia co-authored two “Digital Pulse” reports that explore how open UK and German people are to new technology. She also co-authored Policymaking for the 21st century: How digital tools can help, which compares European attitudes towards using technology to participate in politics and policy decisions.

Prior to joining Readie, Olivia developed communications strategies for the New York Times International and PRS for Music. At PRS for Music, she managed the widely publicised Streamfair campaign to raise awareness about online copyright with policymakers.

Jack Orlik

Jack Orlik is a Senior Researcher for Readie.

Before joining Nesta, Jack worked as an innovation consultant in the commercial sector, where he designed new approaches for developing and evaluating products for clients that included Samsung and Twitter. He has experience in remote ethnography, trends forecasting, conference and workshop curation, and agile delivery in a startup environment.

Jack has an MSc in Digital Anthropology from UCL, and a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Oxford University. He has an interest in the social impact of emerging technologies, and once co-authored an illustrated history of Techno music.

Felix Szabó

Felix Szabó is a Research Assistant for Readie.

Felix authored the report Digital Pulse: How ready is Sweden for the digital life? which compares the openness of Swedes, and other Europeans, to new technology.

Before joining Nesta, Felix worked in commercial primary research, supporting investment and consultancy decisions. He previously completed research projects with ComRes, the polling expert and Ceartas, a small human rights charity. He holds degrees in PPE and Political Theory from Lancaster and LSE respectively.

Carmen Margarit-Stoica

Carmen is the Programme Coordinator for Readie. Carmen previously supported Nesta’s State of Small Business project.

Prior to joining Nesta, Carmen worked on a number of research and advisory consulting projects at Forrester, focusing on customer experience and digital business. She has also been developing her project management skills by securing a PRINCE2 Foundation certificate.

Carmen has a MA in Diplomatic Studies from The Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster and a postgraduate certificate in Human Rights & Business. She is also an avid sci-fi fan.