Connecting digital ecosystems - invitation only
Mindful of this, the World Economic Forum would like to create a pan-European ecosystem around entrepreneurship and innovation by connecting digital experts and start-up ecosystem builders. In this workshop, key stakeholders from the Digital Europe task force will enter into debate with experts from the European startup ecosystem, such as startup community leaders, city mayors, policy-makers and venture capitalists, to discuss technological developments and their impact on business and society.
Detailed Workshop Outline
Welcome and opening remarks
Introduced by Annika Brack, Lead, Digital Europe project, World Economic Forum
- Alexander de Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, the Digital
Agenda, Telecommunications and Postal Services of Belgium
How to better bridge the start-up and corporate world in Europe?
Moderated by Karen Boers, Managing Director, Startups.be
- Richard Benjamins, Group Chief Data Officer & Head of the Data Innovation Lab, AXA
- Felix Staeritz, Factor 10 GmbH
1st Live-stream with the Annual Meeting in China
This session will be connected live twice to a parallel session at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, People’s Republic of China. This first live-stream serves to kick-off the shorter meeting in China, and to provide input from the morning discussion in Europe. Rapporteur on the Europe discussion in the morning is Eva Maydell, MEP
Boosting European eco-systems: which resources do they need to thrive?
Facilitated by Karen Boers and the Digital Europe team, World Economic Forum
- Isidro Laso, European Commission, Startup Europe Head of Sector
- Dr. Daria Golebiowska-Tataj, entrepreneur and member of the RISE High Level Advisory Group to EU
Commissioner Carlos Moedas (confirmed)
2nd Live-stream with the Annual Meeting in China
Second live connection with China. This time, the Chinese side shares outcomes of their discussion. Moderated by Karen Boers
Leveraging connections for new economic opportunity: making the Single Market a reality - Facilitated by Karen Boers and the Digital Europe team, World Economic Forum
European Startup Network
Karen is CEO of the European Startup Network, gathering 24 national startup associations who jointly represent over 25.000 startups across Europe. The Network wishes to strengthen and support the national networks by sharing best practices, deepen insights in the DNA of European startups and startup ecosystems through massive and real-time data analysis and research to support policy making as well as fast-track the international go-to-market of European startups through soft landing and matchmaking programs. Karen is also co-founder and Managing Director of Startups.be, the Belgian one-stop-shop on tech entrepreneurship as well as the Belgian coding school BeCode.
Alexander De Croo
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services
Alexander De Croo is Deputy Prime Minister for Open VLD and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services in the Michel I Government.
As Minister of Development Cooperation, he focuses on strengthening human rights and promoting local economic growth in the partner countries.
The Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services portfolio focuses on the maximisation of the economic potential of the digital economy.