In partnership with the EU Commission and the Parliament of Austria, the city of Vienna invites THE European Business Transformation Experts and Country Delegations from all 28 European member states, discussing diverse practical and conceptional scenarios beyond the hype from the fields of alternative Finance, Blockchain Innovation and Digitalization.
Crowdfunding has played a significant role as alternative financing for SMEs in the last years. Now the next generation of value transfer is made possible by innovative FinTech applications, notably blockchain technologies. As a consequence, the value carrier - the cryptocurrency - becomes an additional design element. The rapid growth of so-called initial coin offerings (ICO) suggests that we are at the beginning of a new age of SME financing.
The desire for more flexible employment models and more self-determination of people can be achieved with digital work platforms. Crowdbusiness and the Gig-Economy also create new digital business models, products and services with the help of the crowd. In it, creative work becomes more and more important. However, more flexible frameworks also create new challenges in the planning and control of work systems.
Open innovation and especially Crowdsourcing uses digital media to generate and evaluate ideas by a crowd of people. For SMEs, this opens up new opportunities for the formation of knowledge networks and distributed value chains in the collaborative economy. Using blockchain technologies, process innovations, digital services and business models can now be made even more flexible and easier. The digitalization of the innovation process provides great opportunities, especially for SMEs.
Our goal is to bring together bright minds to give inspiring talks that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects that reflect digital disruption, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter. Here is our line-up of speakers and experts for a day that follows an intriguing and energetic flow of inspiration.
Director Banca Transilvania
Macroeconomist with solid background in European economic and monetary integration and experience in macroeconomic research and forecasting at top institutions in Portugal and Romania
At present, Andrei is the Director of Macroeconomic Research of Banca Transilvania, the second largest lender in Romania, responsible with the macroeconomic analysis and forecasting for the Romanian, European and US economies
At the same time, Andrei is a Scientific Researcher at the Institute for World Economy, within the Romanian Academy, being responsible with the macro-financial analysis of the global economy, European economy and of the international financial markets
Andrei is a constant presence at high level global & European scientific events, with presentations on macro-financial topics (global, European and Romanian). Over the past quarters I participated with presentations at conferences organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (Canada), Society for the Study of Emerging Markets, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, University of Porto, ISEG Lisbon, University of Leipzig, Economic Policy Institute in Sofia, etc.
CEO and Founder of Bolsa Social
Jose like companies and investors that want to do good when doing business because they share social and environmental values. I believe in the great economic and social potential of the social enterprises and impact investment.
After 12 years working on EU financial services policy, I found out that I am a social entrepreneur trapped in the body of an EU official, so I left the EU to set up Bolsa Social in Madrid, together with a group of talented and committed professionals. In Bolsa Social I can apply the experience I gained at the Spanish Treasury (Madrid), the European Commission (Brussels) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (París).
Governor of the National Bank of Austria
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ewald Nowotny Ewald Nowotny is Governor of the National Bank of Austria and member of the European Central Bank (ECB)’s governing council.
He graduated with a doctorate from the University of Vienna in 1966, took his habilitation at the Johannes Kepler University Linz in 1972 and has been a full professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration since 1982.
He was a member of the Austrian Parliament’s Nationalrat from 1978 to 1999. From 1999 to 2003, Professor Nowotny was Vice President of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.
CEO of SMART VALOR
Olga is CEO of SMART VALOR, a Swiss-based blockchain company building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments. Olga has extensive experience working in the banking and financial services sector for global brands such as Barclays Capital, UBS Wealth Management and Boston Consulting Group. Prior to founding SMART VALOR, Olga held the position of Commercial Managing Partner at prominent Silicon Valley Bitcoin startup Xapo, where she enabled first regulatory solution for Bitcoin custodian in Switzerland. Olga is a prominent founding member of the Crypto Valley. She is also a producer of the Crypto Summit, the first global conference focusing on blockchain in Switzerland.
Consultant at Clingweld & Co
Entrepreneurial architect and engineer with a passion for designing fully scalable communities that empower people globally. Currently based in Stockholm, Director of Product and Member Growth at the global top talent network Nova and in charge of building their Product, Community and Growth organization from scratch.
A key individual in creating the Swedish startup community through bringing what today is the world's largest community for entrepreneurs - Startup Grind - to Sweden and co-founding Gothenburg Startup Hack. Big fan of values-based leadership and a Co-Founder of the student platform World Values Day. Champion of tech startups Welcome! and JustArrived, built to connect refugees with locals and give them a chance to enter the Swedish labor market.
Founder and CEO Adrifund
Matej studied Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana. He completed my studies in November 2015 when I graduated with honors and successfully defended my Master Thesis on crowdfunding and its legal regulation in the USA and Slovenia. My Master thesis became the foundation of the start-up company I founded in January 2016 – Adrifund. Adrifund is the first (and still the only one) Slovenian rewards-based crowdfunding platform. So far 23 projects have successfully raised more than 120.000,00 EUR since March 2016. Overall success rate of Adrifund’s projects is 62 %. Businesswise I partnered up with Icelandic crowdfunding platform Karolina fund.
Matej is amongst one of the few and biggest crowdfunding experts in Slovenia and the first person who introduced crowdfunding to Slovenia in a local aspect. The latter was my intention from the start – make crowdfunding available to as many people as possible with a local oriented platform so various projects can gain funding and become a reality.
Executive Manager in SAPIE
Adela joined The Slovak Alliance for Innovation Economy in early 2017 as a Project Manager in charge of regional cooperation projects and innovation agenda. Currently I am the head of the 60+ member association as its Executive Manager. Previously I worked as a consultant for public sector in KPMG Czech Republic. I was also analyst and a head of working group for economy at a Prague-based think tank European Values. I completed her MSc. studies in public policy at KU Leuven and my Master studies at University of Economics, Prague and University of Edinburgh. I am an innovation (&) policy enthusiast and diversity advocate.
CEO Anirot Development Organisation
Irene is the CEO of Anirot Development Organisation, active in the fields of business development and research, funding, PR and marketing. She has gained extensive experience in European strategy and policy, national policy and initiative promotion, entrepreneurship and innovation. She is a trainer and mentor for start-ups and new businesses, aiding businesses to prepare for funding rounds and an experienced EU project manager, both in previous FP7 and Leonardo da Vinci projects and currently for Horizon and Erasmus+. She is also the Founder of Crowdfunding Cyprus, an organisation advocating crowd-related activities, aiming to establish Cyprus as a crowdfunding hub for the wider region. Irene advocates female entrepreneurship and regularly speaks on topics of policy change, crowdsourcing, stakeholder engagement in social projects and the gender gap.
Managing director of PPL
Co-founder and managing director of PPL (www.ppl.com.pt), the reward-based crowdfunding platform of reference in Portugal. Responsible for further promoting the crowdfunding concept in the country with traditional and social media, extending PPL's reach and community engagement and business development. Additionally, he teaches the GMAT quantitative preparation course at Católica-Lisbon University.
Jakub has wide experience in crowdfunding, but also in telecommunications, PHP programming, Postgresql and server administration. Interested in academic work on crowdfunding and VoIP technology. Good understanding of motor vehicle mechanics and electronics. Language skills.
Founder of Brodoto
The goal of Marko´s initiatives is to implement and promote all types of crowdfunding in Croatia as a mean of funding of start-up or socially responsible and non-profit projects and help their entrepreneurs, developers or even non-profit organizations to kickstart and promote their ideas.
General Manger at iuvo
Ivaylo is a finance, fintech, business development and strategy consulting professional with a passion for entrepreneurship.
He has experience in consulting more than 20 businesses in the fintech, energy, telecommunications and digital fields. I have managed the expansion of international companies in new markets and the design of the business model, launch and further development of innovative fintech online businesses from scratch.
Ivaylo one of the few experts in crowdequity, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing methodologies for financing and realizing of projects both as an enterprise and within the structure of bigger organizations.
Manager at ZAAR Crowdfunding Malta
Matthew Caruana is the manager of Malta's first crowdfunding platform (Zaar.com.mt). This dynamic, award-winning initiative has, since its launch in 2016 become a catalyst for a revolution in the way entrepreneurs fund their business on the Island. Matthew is a project manager and product manager with a successful track record in e-business and product development. He has experience in business analysis and management at top companies in Malta and the UK.
As a result of his unmatched local experience in the world of crowdfunding, Matthew was appointed to represent Malta as the country patron and resident expert at Crowd Dialog Europe. Today, Matthew and his team at Zaar have become the island’s foremost promoters for the timely introduction of equity crowdfunding in Malta.
Chairman of the Board at Lithuanian Crowdfunding
Vytautas Senavicius is the Chairman of the Board at Lithuanian P2P Lending and Crowdfunding Association and partner of law firm TVINS. Vytautas specialises in financial services regulation, venture capital and real estate.
As the Chairman of the Board at Lithuanian P2P Lending and Crowdfunding Association Vytautas seeks to cooperate with public institutions in order to create competitive regulation in Lithuania. He also constantly advises the clients on collective investment schemes in Lithuania and start-up development issues. During his professional career, Vytautas has been working in Ministry of Finance, co-chairing in negotiations with the European Parliament and in the Council of the EU during Lithuanian Presidency.
Business Analyst at Verum Capital AG
Janis has a long work experience related to Business Development. In particular, he is passionate about innovations in the Financial sector that resulted in starting my own company Notakey, and recently - being accepted as 1 of 30 people in Europe to be included in EU Blockchain Policy Working Group.
Notakey is a startup, which enables enterprises to manage deeply granular access to sensitive company resources - all by utilizing digital signatures (i.e. strong cryptography).
Head of Regulatory Osborne Clarke
Johannes de Jong is head of Osborne Clarke Amsterdam’s Financial Regulatory practice. He has over 8 years’ experience in financial regulation as a lawyer in private practice and immediately before joining OC as a Senior Supervisor and Legal Counsel with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).
His expertise ranges from the regulatory regime for funds and their managers, the payments industry including infrastructure, market abuse, the markets in financial instruments, virtual currencies and loan and equity-based crowdfunding.
Founder & CEO SeedUps!
Founder of FINTECH companies in the Currency, Equity Crowdfunding & P2P SME lending spaces. Demonstrable history working in financial services and Economic Development. Strong entrepreneurship professional skilled in Business Planning, Investor Relations, Analytical Skills, International Business, and Corporate Development. Interested in talking to potential partners for each of our businesses in new marketplaces.
National Bank of Greece
Spyros Arsenis coordinates act4Greece crowdfunding program (www.act4Greece.gr), NBG Business Seeds program (www.nbg.gr/nbgseeds) and the NBG Innovation & Technology Competition. He studied electrical engineering and holds a PhD in Information Technology and Networks. He started his career in international IT projects as Project Manager and Senior Consultant for important organizations. He is the author of eight books on ICT, sales and marketing.
Crowd Mentor Network
Michael Gebert is an unshakable optimist.
He believes in a bright future and our ability to built it together.
Practical reflexion and implications of digital transformation and research on global future trends, emerging technologies and business model building inspire his talks with a critical and provocative view for a realistic roadmap to thrive the new digital now.
With more than 25 years of experience Michael is a believer, entrepreneur and doer, discovering the trends of tomorrow already today.
Founder of Fundwise and Hooandja
Founder of Hooandja, CEE region's first non-profit crowdfunding platform with over EUR 1100K raised for projects. Over a decade of experience leading software and web development projects, including initiatives such as Arenguidee.ee and Rahvakogu.ee.
Member of the board at the Estonian Fund for Nature. Co-founder of the Let's Do It! World initiative that coordinated 50,000 people to clean up to 10,000 tons of illegal waste in a day. By 2014 more than 10 million people have participated in Let’s Do It! cleanup actions in 100+ countries. Currently developing Fundwise the equity crowdfunding platform in the region - launched in August 2015.
CEO at Crowdinvest ApS
For a decades Søren has successfully been involved in providing funding for start-ups and growth companies. Most has been public offerings and thus subject to the anti money laundering legislation. Digital AML is a cloud based software that enables companies to fully comply with the AML legislation.
CEO of ISN – Innovation Service Network
Since 2001 he is founder and CEO of isn-innovation service network, Austrian's leading innovation company. As entrepreneur and founder of five further startups he supervises the innovation management processes of several leading Austrian companies.
2007 he started Austrian's 1. Crowdsourcing platform www.neurovation.net. In 2012 he established Austria’s first crowdinvesting platform 1000x1000.at. Reinhard Willfort is Co-Founder and Director Research, Development & Innovation of European Crowdfunding Network.
Partner Osborne Clarke
Tanja advises national and international companies and banks on capital measures, acquisitions and real estate financing. A focus is providing legal advice on matters relating to banking supervisory law - particularly in relation to payment transactions - and other supervisory law for payment service providers and industrial companies. Tanja also specialises on structuring of capital/alternative investments, in particular (closed-end) investment funds and participation rights.
Mr. Aki Kallio currently works as a Managing Compliance Officer in Corporates & Institutions unit of Danske Bank A/S Helsinki Branch. He is in charge of managing and supervising a compliance team responsible for conducting control and monitoring activities with regard to wide range of business units operating under the umbrella of Corporates & Institutions as well as providing legal advice in various issues falling into the scope of Financial Markets.
Previously Mr. Kallio worked as a Ministerial Adviser in the Financial Markets Department of the Ministry of Finance of Finland, where his main responsibility area consisted of various assignments relating to divergent legislative and other actions of Financial Markets Department especially in the field of capital and bond markets. In particular, Mr. Kallio worked with issues falling under the scope of European Commission’s Capital Markets Union and was in charge of assessing and developing both Finnish bond market (acting as a head secretary of the Finnish Bond Market expert group) as well as alternative finance market (responsible for drafting the Finnish Crowdfunding Act and acting as a co-head of the Financial Market Department’s Fintech -expert group). In addition, Mr. Kallio has acted, among others, as a Finnish representative of the Commission’s informal expert group European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum (ECSF) which assisted the Commission in developing EU-wide policies for crowdfunding and alternative finance.
Project Leader Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance
Dr. Rotem Shneor Rotem is an associate professor at the University of Agder (UiA) School of Business and Law in Norway, and serves as the academic director of the university’s Center of Entrepreneurship. He has been leading the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance of platforms since 2014, co-founded and serves on the board of the Norwegian Crowdfunding Association. He is currently serving as an affiliate researcher at the Cambridge University Center for Alternative Finance, and is a co-author to its annual European Report.
His research includes issues related to crowdfunding success, behavior and motivations, internet marketing, and cognitive aspects of entrepreneurship. He has over a decade long track record of teaching, researching and supporting entrepreneurship. Thus far, he has published in various academic journals, trade magazines and has contributed a number of chapters to research-focused edited books.
Program Manager at Dutch Blockchain Coalition
Ad works as program manager at the Dutch Blockchain Coalition. The Coalition consists of some 35 large companies, knowledge institutes, regulators and several ministries. The Coalition aims to co-create the DLT R&D and effectuation agenda, connect partners, and support them in developing blockchain application capabilities. To be more specific I am working on projects for achieving global DLT standards, including those on government in DLT, achieving stronger board level engagement and developing relevant international partnerships
Managing Director at Italia Fintech
Marta is one of the 15 Most Influential Italian Women in Innovation - 2017 @ Digitalic Magazine and Managing Director of Italia Fintech. Italia Fintech currently represents 22 companies that, in aggregate, have about 1 million clients while managing € 450 million in loans.
Italia Fintech brings together the main vertical players operating In Italy, withthe common goal of facilitating the access of companies and individuals toFintech services, simplifying their understanding and user experience and actively collaborating to fostering dialogue with traditional institutions and companies in order to turn the potential for market growth into real development.
Founder of CrowdfundingHub
Ronald is a former IT entrepreneur and has an extensive track record in crowdfunding. Four years ago he co-founded the European Crowdfunding Network. As a crowdfunding strategist he is frequently asked to advise the European Commission. He very recently was ranked no. 3 on the Alternative Finance Power List, a list with the most influential people in P2P lending and crowdfunding on social media.
CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange
In September 2016 Christoph Boschan was appointed CEO of Wiener Börse AG and CEESEG AG. He studied Business Administration as well as Law and holds a PhD in Law. He started his career at Tradgate and Boerse Berlin. Before becoming CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange he was Managing Director / Joint CEO at Boerse Stuttgart. He is currently also member of the Supervisory Board of Central Counterparty Austria, member of the Advisory Committee of Zertifikate Forum Austria, and Vice President of Aktienforum.
Partner Axes and Eggs
Partner Osborne Clarke Italy
Umberto has almost 20 year experience in working with international law firms. He gained a significant expertise in assisting clients in corporate transactions, including cross border M&A, private Equity, capital market transactions, financial services, banking and debts restructuring.
Professor for Entrepreneurship
Johannes Lindner's Entrepreneurship Masterclass would like to invite you to a discussion on how entrepreneurship education can be strengthened among children and young people. Concrete activities and research results are presented for the promotion of young talent and the development of new ventures. Crowdfunding for young people and the involvement of young entrepreneurs as network partners are important components.
Head of Corporate Innovation Management TÜV AUSTRIA Group
Christoph is Head of Corporate Innovation Management of the TÜV AUSTRIA Group and Director of the NEXT HORIZON Digital Acceleration Incubator
Many years of industrial experience with positions inter alia in the Silicon Valley, in the areas of Technology & Innovation Management, Research & Development, Product Management and New Business Development
Sustainability Advisor & Business Analyst
A pioneer of digital businesses working to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Using technology to facilitate a transition in risk management. Business and data analyst. Specific interests in climate change, sustainability and impact investment. Working broadly across finance, environment, policy and culture.
The inspiring talk and panel format is designed as a showcase for experts presenting great ideas. Thoughts and Insights that are new and surprising and show the meaning and process behind the drivers of change.
Meet all relevant thought leaders from more than 28 countries at one day in one place.
Get inspired and learn how to leverage the crowd to help your business grow smarter and prosper faster.
Uncover cross-border transformation, innovation and funding scenarios and proven concepts from practice, academia and political impact.
Open your eyes and network with people as committed as you, as passionate, as driven, but in fields that you’ve had little exposure to.
Learn how Decentratlization disrupts with an impact that is intoxicating. Join us for a day full of ideas and great minds.
Unleash how the Blockchain can speed-up the innovation process for a competitive business future.
The power of the Crowd is immense and it is of upmost importance that there is an established dialogue between all parties on all aspects of impact. We are happy to support Crowd Dialog as a unique setup to strengthen the European single market approach.
We were honoured and excited to host Crowd Dialog and the knowledgeable experts from more than 28 countries of a agile and fairly new phenomena like crowd-based disruption in our city. What an inspiring day for the region!
It is great to see that Crowd Dialog is a truly European conference where CrowdFunding, CrowdSourcing and all aspects of crowd-related business models find a in-depth pool of experts and knowledge.
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