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  • United in Diversity Digitalization / Finance / Innovation
  • 18 October 2018 Digital Business Transformation
  • 28 EU Member States Practical impacts beyond the Hype
  • 250 selected Delegates

About the event

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.

Alternative Finance

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.

Future of Work

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

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.

Country Patrons and Experts Selection

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 crowd-based 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.

Andrei Radulescu

Andrei Radulescu

CEO Anirot Development Organisation

Ph. D. Andrei Radulescu

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Romania - CEO and Founder of Crowdfunding Cyprus

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.

José Moncada

José Moncada

CEO and Founder of Bolsa Social

José Moncada

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Spain - 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).

Ewald  Nowotny

Ewald Nowotny

Governor of the National Bank of Austria

Ewald Nowotny

Governor of the National Bank of Austria and member of the European Central Bank

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.

Olga Feldmeier

Olga Feldmeier

CEO of SMART VALOR

Olga Feldmeier

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Switzerland - CryptoQueen and 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.

Per Clingweld

Per Clingweld

Member Growth at Nova

Per Clingweld

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Sweden - Member Growth at Nova

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.

Matej Rauh

Matej Rauh

Founder and CEO Adrifund

Matej Rauh

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Slovenia - 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.

Adela Zábražná

Adela Zábražná

Executive Manager in SAPIE

Adela Zábražná

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Slovakia - Slovak Alliance for Internet Economy

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.

Irene Demetriou-Rotsides

Irene Demetriou-Rotsides

CEO Anirot Development Organisation

Irene Demetriou-Rotsides

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Cyprus - CEO and Founder of Crowdfunding Cyprus

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.

Yoann Nesme

Yoann Nesme

Managing director of PPL

Yoann Nesme

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Portugal - 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 Sobczak

Jakub Sobczak

Founder PolakPotrafi.pl

Jakub Sobczak

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Poland - Thought Leader alternative financing

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.

Marko Gregović

Marko Gregović

Founder of Brodoto

Marko Gregović

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Croatia - Founder of Brodoto - Co-founder of Crowdfunding Academy

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.

Ivaylo Ivanov

Ivaylo Ivanov

General Manger at iuvo

Ivaylo Ivanov

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Bulgaria - CEO 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.

Matthew Caruana

Matthew Caruana

Manager at ZAAR Crowdfunding Malta

Matthew Caruana

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Malta - 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.

Vytautas Šenavičius

Vytautas Šenavičius

Chairman of the Board at Lithuanian Crowdfunding

Vytautas Šenavičius

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Lithuania - Partner of law firm TVINS

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.

Janis Graubins

Janis Graubins

Business Analyst at Verum Capital AG

Janis Graubins

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Latvia - 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).

Johannes de Jong

Johannes de Jong

Head of Regulatory Osborne Clarke

Johannes de Jong

Partner at Osborne Clarke and Head of Regulatory

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.

Michael Faulkner

Michael Faulkner

Founder & CEO SeedUps!

Michael Faulkner

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Irland - 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.

Spyros Arsenis

Spyros Arsenis

National Bank of Greece

Spyros Arsenis

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Greece - Coordinator of the act4Greece at the 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.

Michael Gebert

Michael Gebert

Crowd Mentor Network

Michael Gebert

Senior Partner Crowd Mentor Network and Organizer Crowd Dialog Series

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.

Henri Laupmaa

Henri Laupmaa

Founder of Fundwise and Hooandja

Henri Laupmaa

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Estonia - Member Of The Management Board at FinanceEstonia

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.

Søren Stenderup

Søren Stenderup

CEO at Crowdinvest ApS

Søren Stenderup

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Denmark - 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.

Reinhard Willfort

Reinhard Willfort

CEO of ISN – Innovation Service Network

Reinhard Willfort

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Austria - CEO of 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.

Tanja Aschenbeck

Tanja Aschenbeck

Partner Osborne Clarke

Tanja Aschenbeck

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Germany - Internationally recognized law expert.

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.

Aki Kallio

Aki Kallio

Danske Bank

Aki Kallio

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Finland - Managing Compliance Officer, Danske Bank

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.

Rotem Shneor

Rotem Shneor

Project Leader Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance

Rotem Shneor

Country Patron for Norway - Associate Professor and 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.

Anita Schjøll Brede

Anita Schjøll Brede

CEO and Co-Founder of Iris.ai and Project Aiur

Anita Schjøll Brede

CEO and Co-Founder of Iris.ai and Project Aiur

Her company Iris.ai is one of the 10 most innovative artificial intelligence startups in 2017 according to Fast Company, building tools for researchers to semi-automate the literature review - and ultimately building an artificial and intelligent researcher. Project Aiur, initiated by Iris.ai, aims to open up and validate science through a blockchain enabled incentive structure and an AI-based Knowledge Validation engine.

Anita is a highly sought-after public speaker, one of Inspiring Fifty Nordic’s most inspiring women in tech, twice TEDx speaker and 500 startups, SU Global Grand Challenges Awards and TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield alumni. She has never had what she refers to as “a real job” and Iris.ai is her fourth own startup. The past 10 years of her career have spanned over 9 industries including developing an e-learning tool in Silicon Valley, performing theatre for babies, reducing energy consumption in the process industry, facilitating solar light business creation in Kenya, and been in the center of several startups crashing and burning. She also dropped by 6 universities on the way. And built a race car.

Ad Kroft

Ad Kroft

Program Manager at Dutch Blockchain Coalition

Ad Kroft

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Netherlands - 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

Marta Ghiglioni

Marta Ghiglioni

Managing Director at Italia Fintech

Marta Ghiglioni

Country Patroness and Delegation Leader for Italy - 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.

Ronald Kleverlaan

Ronald Kleverlaan

Founder of CrowdfundingHub

Ronald Kleverlaan

Director European Centre for Alternative Finance at Utrecht University & Senior Partner 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.

Christoph Boschan

Christoph Boschan

CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange

Christoph Boschan

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.

Umberto Piattelli

Umberto Piattelli

Partner Osborne Clarke Italy

Umberto Piattelli

CrowdFunding Thought Leader and Law expert - 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.

Prof. Johannes Lindner

Prof. Johannes Lindner

Professor for Entrepreneurship

Prof. Johannes Lindner

Entrepreneurship Educator youthstart.eu und Ashoka Fellow

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.

Christoph Schwald

Christoph Schwald

Head of Corporate Innovation Management TÜV AUSTRIA Group

Christoph Schwald

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

Hannah Van Den Bergh

Hannah Van Den Bergh

Sustainability Advisor & Business Analyst

Hannah Van Den Bergh

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for the UK - Sustainability Advisor & Business Analyst at Equilibrium

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.

Agenda - inspired by a multitude of diverse visionaries

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.

Experience sessions on exciting topics:
  • Evolving finance frameworks for Europe
  • Future of Work - renewing value
  • Transfer of Know How and Innovation
  • Reinvention of financial services
  • Industry adaption for Open Innovation
  • Digitalization and collaboration
  • 900

    Registration/Doors open

    Get ready for an exciting day. Collect your badge and goody bag, start your networking app and connect with the crowd.
    We look forward to explore how todays insights will enable you to proactively engage with the crowd to co-create solutions that truly meet their needs.
  • 930-940

    Opening Remarks - entering the next era of business transformation

    Economy Michael Gebert Founder Crowd Dialog
    Relationships, networks, interactions, value co-creation are all considered to characterize modern operations. In this dynamic and turbulent environment, enterprises need to find new resources in order to explore and develop new service value propositions. However, collaboration for innovation within business networks is not an easy task. It may require transformative change that may have critical impact on the strategy, the structure, and/or the operations of an organization. The talk aims to shed light to this business challenge understand the key area in terms of transformative changes that it may need to impose.
  • 945-955

    Opening Keynote - The state of the new digital NOW

    Economy Wolfgang Sobotka President Austrian National Council
    We are going through unquestionably the most exciting times in the computer industry that all of us have ever witnessed. What we thought was going to be science fiction for years to come is becoming reality as we speak.

    It all starts with our power to imagine, bringing the future we dream to life in amazing new ways, stories that take us to far off worlds, brilliant ideas that lead off the screen and incredible new adventures around every corner. Imagination has unlocked the promise of using the Crowd to help us build a better future, give us a helping hand and even entertain us. Imagination fuels new breakthroughs and autonomous vehicles letting us take to the road without taking the route, delivering the world to our doorstep and driving our competitive spirit.
  • 1000-1020

    The future of financing and currencies

    Future Finance Ewald NowotnyGovernor of the National Bank of Austria
    Industry 4.0 poses considerable challenges for the economy, politics, companies and society. Of course, this applies to banks as well. Digitalization is also a turning point in our industry.

    Instead of worrying about the future, innovation, and digitalization, we have been concerned mainly with low interest rates, regulation and the reduction of risks.

    In Europe, we should develop our banking business models and regulatory rules to fit our economic and value systems. And we should represent our banking culture on a global level with a healthy sense of self-awareness. We should be able to ask ourselves the question of how we in Europe deal with the banking sector from an industry policy perspective. Countries such as the US and China have long since answered this question for themselves. There policies are being pursued which are clearly aligned to their own banks.
  • 1025-1045

    Defining the right culture of innovation.
    Why great ideas and large crowds are not enough

    Open Innovation Christoph SchwaldTÜV AUSTRIA Group
    Before “establishing” the “culture of innovation” Innovation leaders need to begin designing and implementing specific corporate policies that would help innovation take roots in organizations. However, it’s important to remember that the Not Invented Here (NIH) Syndrome manifests not only as a rejection of external knowledge and expertise, but also as resistance to intra-company collaboration, as individual units are often reluctant to share their findings with others.
    By breaking internal silos and promoting intra-company collaboration, internal crowdsourcing creates a systemic acceptance and active practice of continuous ideation and forecasting and reduce the fear of failure.
  • 1050-1110

    Are ICOs the New “Gold Rush”? The Role of "Security Tokens" and What makes Them Successful

    Alternative Finance Olga Feldmaier CEO & Co-founder Smart Valor
    In 2017, the implied market capitalization of blockchain-based coins and tokens rose from $2.4 billion to $373 billion, excluding bitcoins. To fully put this into context, in the space of only one year, the value created would rank thirty-second as a country measured in GDP, and it would be considered the tenth most valuable corporation in the world.
    At the root of this growth are two transformational effects that blockchain technology offers our understanding of existing business models: First, it enables radical new business models, such as "decentralized/ownerless" and "better than free," and, second, it replaces the need for trusted intermediaries.
    Currently, crypto assets develop into an own small asset class with funds, analysts, index providers etc. - all known from traditional capital markets. This also includes the emergence of new crypto funds and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to finance startups and small companies.
  • 1115-1130

    Brain Pause - Coffee and Networking Break

  • 1140-1210

    Disruptive or destructive – what is the political future of tokenized businesses in Europe?

    Alternative Financing Vytautas ŠenavičiusPartner TVINS
    Utility ICO’s market collapsed. Most of utility token issuers did not fulfill expectations of the investors. Many says that security token offering is the future. Is it? Why smaller fintech EU Member States struggle to regulate securities ICO however many other countries stand behind? I will talk about importance of the government towards friendly blockchain business environment.
  • 1210-1230

    ICO's Magic Whale Formula & the Future of Crowdfunding Regulations

    Alternative Financing Samson Williams Partner Axes and Eggs
    Alex Holtermann CEO iCrowdU Inc.
    Maureen Murat Chief Advisor Crowdie
    More than in any other online market, crowdfunding can only develop all over the world, and specifically in European countries, if platform and regulators can successfully create trust and security to attract project owners and investors.

    Confidence & security is key to the development of crowd payments, not only for the platforms, but also to increase the rate of successful project campaigns and the amount being raised per project. All actors, platforms, project owners and investors, must offer as much trust and reassurance as possible by using specialized actors and labels and by offering transparency on all subjects.
  • 1235-1330

    Lunch Pause - Coffee and Networking Break

Corporate and Innovation Partners

Agenda-Special ICO Insights

Beyond Blockchain - the State of Initial Coin Offerings
We live in exponential times, and the blockchain/cryptocurrency industry is itself one of the best examples of this.
From the pace of chip development in the asic race, to the growth of capital moving into ICOs, to the development of technologies, frameworks and tools that build upon each other, we see example after example of innovation moving at record speed.

The ICO Insights Participation is limited to 40 participants - be fast and register today
  • Tokenization of illiquid assets through industrial ICOs.
  • The Role of "Security Tokens" and What makes Them Successful
  • Re-inventing financing - a strategic split and positioning of secondary-markets
  • For next-generation economic architects, financial and social forms.

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A world-class experience gathering of the European Transformation ecosystem experts and innovators, Crowd Dialog Europe is more than just an event. It’s a catalyst for the growth and development of disruptive and agile crowd-based ecosystem.

All ticket prices are excluding tax and fees.

Delegation Ticket

€0
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  • Master Class Pass

  • Contact your Country Patron and get nominated
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Regular Ticket

€995
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  • Master Class Pass
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3for2 Ticket Deal

€1900
  • Conference Pass
  • MasterClass Access
  • List of Delegates/Attendees
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ICO Starter Ticket

€2500
  • Roll Up space
  • 2xConference Passes
  • MasterClass Access
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So many reasons why you should join...

Experts from the top of their field

Meet all relevant thought leaders from more than 28 countries at one day in one place.

Be a creator and builder

Get inspired and learn how to leverage the crowd to help your business grow smarter and prosper faster.

Connect the dots

Uncover cross-border transformation, innovation and funding scenarios and proven concepts from practice, academia and political impact.

Re-charges your batteries

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.

Embrace the serendipity

Learn how Decentratlization disrupts with an impact that is intoxicating. Join us for a day full of ideas and great minds.

Stay focussed and agile

Unleash how the Blockchain can speed-up the innovation process for a competitive business future.

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