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Innovation Service Network
  • 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 especialy 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.

Preview of Country Patrons and Experts

Our goal is to bring together bright minds to give inspiring 15-minute 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.

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.

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.

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 , Organizer Crowd Dialog Series

Dr. 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.

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 alternative ways to fund initiatives – all of which can be compared to early days crowdfunding.

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.

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

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-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.

Secure your participation to get all the insights about ICOs
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.

Agenda - inspired by a multitude of diverse visionaries

The 15 minute inspiring talks 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

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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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