5-6 July 2023 I Budapest, Hungary

DEEP Startup
Ecosystem Conference

Conference for Ecosystem Leaders and Innovation Managers

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  • 2-day conference with up to 100 ecosystem leaders, investors, corporates, and governments
  • Inspiration by thought-leaders on the frontiers of innovation
  • Challenge-driven working groups with dedicated data analysts
  • Joint Publication of White Papers with results of the working groups
  • Meet startup portfolio managers and get access to the startup database
  • Partnering around concrete opportunities, e.g. EU funding calls


Insights & Data

Interactive Exchange

Ideas & Partnerships

Welcome to Budapest: The Pearl of the Danube

The star of the Danube, Budapest, is known for the rich culture, underground caves, beautiful Parliament Building, local delicacies, and being the world’s Spa capital. The city is also turning into a destination for the innovation and technology community, attracting talent and companies from all over the world.

The city has been attracting multinational tech giants such as SAP, IBM, Robert Bosch, Canon and Microsoft. It is home for companies like Prezi with its amazing presentation templates, GoTo that offers a range of cloud-based connectivity services formerly known as LogMeIn, and SEON that helps fight online fraud.


  • Several 2h interactive workshops that you can choose to join
  • Hosted by leading ecosystem organizations
  • Accompanied by a dedicated data analyst
  • Provision of data insights for every participant
  • Goal to collect and publish insights in joint white paper
  • Connection with the DEEP Startup Ecosystem Accelerator Program and teams working on this topic


  • Dedicated research team prepares each talk and workshop
  • You get exclusive briefings and data access on each DEEP Dive topic
  • Take home a full list of the best early-stage startups across Europe in an Excel File
  • Meet portfolio managers with intimate knowledge on your favorite startups directly on the event



  • Join a relaxed community trip to the nature on the second day
  • Taste wine and enjoy casual conversations with international friends
  • Meet the person behind the organization and develop ties that last a life time
  • Meet again at the next DEEP Conference get-away and be part of the community

5th and 6th July      |      9:30 am – 19:00 pm     |     TBC, Budapest, Hungary

#Agenda: DEEP Ecosystem Conference

Partnering conference for ecosystem leaders and innovation
managers to kickstart strategic projects

Day 1

Part 1 : DEEP Visions

Future trends and why they matter for startup ecosystems

9:30 – 9:50

Welcome and Introduction

  • Laszlo Bodis, Deputy State Secretary for Innovation, Budapest, Hungary (TBC)
  • Dr. Kovács Levente, Rector, Obuda University (TBC)
  • Thomas Kösters, Co-Founder & CEO, DEEP Ecosystems

9:50 – 10:10

LAUNCH: Presentation of the 2023 Startup Heatmap Report with a ranking of the top startup hubs in Europe

Dr. Erica Santini, Head of Research, Startup Heatmap

10:10 – 10:40

KEYNOTE: “ Fark Labs: Transformation of an Automotive Company into a Startup Hub via Innovation”

Ömer Hantal, Chief Innovation Optimizer of FARK LABS, Istanbul, Türkiye

10:40 – 11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION: “How Hungary Builds its Innovative Startup Ecosystem”

  • Imre Hild, CEO, Global Traction, Budapest, Hungary
  • Marius Almstedt, Co-Founder at PatentPlus, Munich, Germany
  • Gergő Gulyás, CFO at Wolves Summit and Co-Founder of iScale Hub, UK
  • Yakab Kitti, Head of Incubation, Lunar Program Zrt. (TBC)
  • Istvan Szasz, Technical Project Manager, Bosch Hungary (TBC)

Part 2 : DEEP Dives

Data-driven and action-oriented round tables to promote ecosystems

DEEP Dives are roundtables for professional ecosystem leaders. Each table is co-hosted by a leading ecosystem player with domain knowledge and best practices. Further DEEP Dives are accompanied by a dedicated data analyst who provides each participant with strategic insights before the discussions. The results are summarized and published in a joint publication after our event. 

Presented by our Research Partner Iceventure

11:20 – 11:35

INTRO: A data-driven introduction to the topics and how to get the most out of the DEEP Dives

Arnbjörn Eggerz, Managing Director, Iceventure

11:40 – 12:40

Topic 1:

STARTUP ACCELERATORS: “Startup Lies: From Greenwashing to Theranos and Wirecard, how to protect against fraud?” 

Topic 2:

IMPACT ECOSYSTEMS & INVESTING: “Building the impact innovation scene in emerging markets” 

Topic 3:

RAISING FUNDS & DIVERSITY: “Financing Gender Gap”

Topic 4:

STARTUP TECHNOLOGY TRENDS: “Communities of Future: The Blockchain and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs)” 

12:40 – 13:25

LUNCH: Time to have a bite to eat and network with your fellow ecosystem builders

13:25 – 14:25

CONTINUATION: DEEP Dives continue for the second part

14:25 – 15:10

SUMMARY: Wrap-up on the main stage and presentation of results of each workshop.

Part 3 : DEEP Match

Marketplace of ideas & opportunities

15:25 – 15:55

KEYNOTE: “Decoding Silicon Valley: Attitudes, Beliefs, and Culture of Innovation” (online)

Michelle E. Messina, CEO & International EIR at Explora International LLC, author of Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide, San Francisco, USA

15:55 – 16:40

NETWORKING: Use the opportunity to meet the other participants and chat over a coffee and a small snack

Part 4 : DEEP Accelerate

Startup Ecosystem Accelerator for moonshot collaborations to tackle global challenges

16:40 – 16:50

ACCELERATOR: Presentation of the DEEP Startup Ecosystem Accelerator Gen #5

Harald Eisenhauer, Co-Founder & Head of Platform, DEEP Ecosystems 

16:50 – 17:30

DEMO DAY: The graduates of the 6 week DEEPSEA program present their projects and pitch to win the audience vote for the Ecosystem Project Award

17:30 – 18:00

TOUR AROUND THE WORLD: Select participants share their stories on how they are building tech ecosystems at their home

18:00 – 18:10

ECOSYSTEM PROJECT AWARD: The winner of the pitch session will be announced

18:10 – 19:00

Closing Remarks & Cocktail Reception

Day 2

Outdoor Community Building Activity (TBC)



The DEEP Dives are prepared and presented collaboratively between DEEP and our research partner Iceventure.

Iceventure is niche consultancy specialized in business development and organizational development with more than 12 years of experience. Their consultants work with corporates, SMEs and startups on how innovation and future tech can be integrated into organizations and generate business advantages.

Startup Accelerators 

Meet international peers from other startup support organizations and exchange about the current trends in acceleration and scaling of future unicorns. 

 This time, we want to exchange insights, data and learning on the topic of “Startup Lies: From Greenwashing to Theranos and Wirecard, how to protect against fraud?”  

The world of startups lives by the motto “fake it ’till you make it”, but some companies just push their luck a little too far, such as Theranos and their revolutionary blood tests that never existed or an increasing number of fintech and crypto companies. In this workshop, we will provide you with a review of the biggest scams and their dangerous repercussions on users and investors. But we also want to hear your experiences and discuss the biggest threats to the integrity of the startup scene today.  


Impact Ecosystems & Investing 

An open debate of impact innovation stakeholders from around the world on the latest trends and opportunities linked to the transformation of a sustainable economy.  

Here we take the opportunity to specifically discuss: “Building the impact innovation scene in emerging markets”. As startup ecosystems continue to evolve, it’s becoming increasingly important to focus on impact and sustainability. In this workshop, we’ll explore the unique opportunities and challenges that arise when building startup communities in emerging markets with a focus on creating positive social and environmental impact. You’ll hear from experts in the field who have experience working with impact-driven startups and ecosystem builders in diverse regions, as well as from founders and investors who have successfully built businesses with a social or environmental mission. 


Raising funds & Diversity 

With only roughly 16% of Europe’s founders being female, diversity remains a challenge across the board for ecosystems everywhere, we offer an open debate on the current state of diversity in international ecosystems. Join the conversation and learn from best practices in other hubs.


Here we focus on the “Financing Gender Gap”. Despite progress in recent years, the financing gender gap remains a significant challenge for female entrepreneurs around the world. In this workshop, we’ll explore the causes and consequences of the gender gap in startup financing, check the effectiveness of existing gender parity instruments, share strategies for bridging the gap and creating more opportunities for women-led startups to access the capital they need to grow and thrive.

Analyst: Leyla Karaha, Founder at Your Y Network

YourY Network is a global community of social entrepreneurs and changemakers with the aim to raise public awareness of social entrepreneurship.

Startup Technology Trends

Join the debate on the latest trends in technology and learn the basic concepts behind the buzzwords. Innovation support actors come together in this workshop to exchange and learn, so don’t be afraid to join and ask your questions.


This time we focus on ” Communities of Future: The Blockchain and Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) “. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) are a new and innovative organizational communities that are getting popular and could have the potential to transform the way we build and support startup ecosystems. In this workshop, we’ll explore the opportunities and challenges of using DAOs to organize and govern startup ecosystems and discuss their influence on the startup world. We will see what makes them special and what makes them challenging. 

Analyst: Shivam Dhawan, Founder & CEO at GetBoarded  Technologies

GetBoarded is a talent analytics start-up that helps organizations, Academic or Business, to manage the career progressions of their talent.






Full access to Conference

Lunch & Cocktail Reception

Community Building Activity 

DEEP T-Shirt 

Strategy Briefs on Ecosystem Trends 

Heatmap Startup List (4x year)  

Speaker Slot on Your Ecosystem   

DEEP Academy with >20h online learning

Access to DEEP Data App  

VIP Dinner Invitation  



1x Conference Pass

As a grass-root initiative with no budget, an entrepreneur with a passion for the ecosystem or a student, you can apply for a free ticket to the conference. 



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Terms and Conditions

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  • COVID-19 policy: If required the organizer is entitled to setup special access and participation guidelines and limitations that attendees must comply with.

Laura started her career as an Investment Analyst & Community Manager at the Deep-Tech-Fonds Apex Ventures. Now she is the Managing Director of the Austrian Angel Investors Association (aaia).

Laura Egg

Managing Director at Austrian Angel Investors Association

David is a General Partner of Yield Lab Europe where he focuses on sourcing new investments and managing the Yield Lab portfolio. Previously he was a venture capital investor in Delta Partners.

David Bowles

Venture Capital Investor at The Yield Lab Europe

Harald is an urban development and governance specialist. Previously worked at German Agency for International Development (GIZ) and [email protected]

Harald Eisenhauer

Co-Founder and Head of Platform at DEEP Ecosystems

Olga is a growth and strategy expert and Founder at WIYO. She is passionate about innovation, launching new ventures and growth hacking.

Olga Pantchenko

Founder at WIYO

Igor founded the innovation company Semente in Brazil, where he designed and managed acceleration programmes sponsored by corporates, governments and private foundations. With his investments he managed to successfully exit two early stage startups in the field of agritech and retail tech.

Igor Oliveira

UN consultant on ecosystem modelling,former Managing Director of Semente (Brazil)

As CEO of Start-Up Chile, the largest and most diverse startup accelerator in the globe, Sebastián worked with more than 1,000 tech-based startups and founders from many industries and countries. He is a world-wide respected consultant to governments and industry on ecosystem development.

Sebastián Díaz Mesa

Co-Founder at DEEP Ecosystems and Head of Acceleration & Community

Erica (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Florence, 2016) is Lecturer of Management at the University of Trento. Her research focuses on innovation, entrepreneurial ecosystems, servitization strategies, product- service innovation and digitalization of manufacturing.

Erica Santini

President of the European Startup Initiative and Lecturer at University of Trento

Thomas is building ecosystems in Europe since more than 8 years. He has set up and run numerous international startup programs, including for Microsoft Ventures in Germany and is currently investing with EIT Digital in pre-seed stage in 20 countries in CEE and Southern Europe.

Thomas Kösters

Managing Director at DEEP Ecosystems

Matija is the founder and CEO of Agrivi- an agri-tech startup that is creating the global agricultural eco-system with vision to change the way food is produced. With an intelligent cloud farm management solution, the company helps farmers to increase their productivity and find buyers for produced food. Agrivi is the winner of World Startup Competition 2014.

Matija Zulj

CEO & Founder at AGRIVI

In her role as Business Development Manager & Project Leader, Katja brings together key stakeholders from business, academia, the public sector, and the startup and ecosystem scene on a national and international levels and enables the entrepreneurial and innovation exchange within this strong network and strengthen the strategic development as well as the national an international visibility for the Munich Innovation Ecosystem.

Katja Werner

Business Development & Project Leader at MUC SUMMIT

Economist as background, Catherine has been working at the European Commission since 1994 in various services where she has been highly committed to support companies in the field of transport and energy infrastructures. Since 2015, she has further developed her experience in innovation where she has been responsible of the EIC-Accelerator evaluation process selecting highly innovative SMEs with a strong capacity to scale up.


Catherine Eginard

Head of Sector H2020 at EASME

Serghei is leading DEEPSEA and an entrepreneur himself - he co-founded the German Biotech company CrystalFirst.

Serghei Glinca

Head of DEEPSEA and founder of BioTech startup CrystalsFirst

Anke has many years of experience in strategic marketing and business development in medical technology and biotechnology. Before joining the investment team of HTGF, one of Europe’s most active seed investor, she developed the product portfolios of international life science companies ensuring their future growth. At HTGF she is responsible for several early stage investments in medical technology, digital health and biotech.


Anke Cassing

Principal in the Life Sciences Investment Team at High-Tech Gründerfonds

Gergo is a Business Development leader at Amazon Web Services. In his current role, he is responsible for the strategic relationship with leading VCs and driving growth with their portfolio companies. His previous experiences include working as a Product and Business Owner at Zalando, Entrepreneur in Residence at Rocket Internet, and co-founding e-commerce companies Wimdu and WestWing.

Gergo Kalcsics

Senior Manager - VC Business Development at Amazon Web Services

Raluca is an editor for fonduri-structurale.ro, Romania’s biggest portal on financing opportunities. Raluca co-founded in 2020 consolid8.ro – Romania’s first crowdfunding platform for social entrepreneurs and the creative industries. 

Raluca Prelucă

Co-founder & Community Manager at Consolid8

Shivam Dhawan is a technology enthusiast with a vision of improving educational processes and personal development. He is a recognized innovator and loves the excitement of discovering opportunities of ideating technology solutions. His experience as an analytics expert allows him to provide data driven strategies for the execution of those ideas. 

Shivam Dhawan

Founder & CEO at GetBoarded Technologies

Jan has founded several companies. Expertise in sales, marketing, finance, M&A. He specializes in networking for funding for starting and growing ICT and eBusiness companies.


Jan Verkooijen

Co-founder & Capital Management Director at WorldStartup

Background in accountancy and finance, build the community from nothing to 700 people on database.  Strength in establishing strategic partnership, interpersonal skills, brand development and digital marketing. 


Leyla Karaha

Founder at Your Y Network

Maria started working in a startup and developed a variety of skills such as brand marketing, event manager and project development. Currently, she works as a brand marketing manager at GetBoarded.


Maria João Silva

Brand Marketing Manager at GetBoarded


Cristian is experienced in FMCG manufacturing with a background on Electrical Engineering and Management. Based on a rich AIESEC experience and his previous sales jobs, he has developed a strong desire to lead teams and work with people, understanding and applying engineering principles at the same time.

Cristian Pogan

Co-Founder of PolyMore


After a convincing performance, the Ludwigsburg municipal council elected Renate Schmetz as First Mayor of the baroque city in March 2021. The 53-year-old took up her new office on 1 May 2021. Her department includes an enormous range of tasks with the department of civic engagement, social affairs and housing, the department of citizen services, the departments of fire brigade and civil protection, education and family, sports and health as well as the staff office of the equal opportunities commissioner.

Renate Schmetz

First Mayor of Ludwigsburg 

Manuel is a Senior Consultant for Business Model Innovation and Coach in the Bosch Accelerator Program. His professional background is in Logistics, SCM, and Sales in Hydraulics and Factory Automation at Bosch. He thrives for explorative innovation and has first-hand experience in starting-up a new venture. 

Manuel Krauß 

Senior Consultant Business Model Innovation at Bosch Innovation Consulting

Jolanta is a studied publisher. She has an innovative spirit and coordinates the innovation network of the city of Ludwigsburg. Here she works with partners from business, industry and research institutions in a cooperative manner. The collaboration is intended to develop impulses for new, innovative technologies that can be tested on site under real conditions in the urban space.

Jolanta Gatzanis 

Innovation Network, City of Ludwigsburg

Heike is responsible for operating a group of experts globally that offers advice and services on the topic of "Outside-In". Her curiosity for everything new, her desire to drive things forward, her ability to identify needs and associated business ideas and to develop them further in diverse, cross-divisional teams have led her to take over the management of a global consulting department for co-innovation and partnerships with external parties.

Dr. Heike Langner

Director of Performance Expert Service for Outside-In at Robert Bosch GmbH

Ertan is the founding partner of Multiple Capital, a European venture capital fund of funds. He has more than 9 years of experience in the venture capital industry and has invested in more than 31 early stage VC funds.


Ertan Can 

Managing Partner at Multiple Capital

Anna is a senior lecturer at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Animationsinstitut in Ludwigsburg where she serves as a head of the subject area Interactive Media. Working for over 10 years as a freelance designer and producer for apps, games, immersive media, and spatial communication, Anna is now working as a consultant for media production companies and agencies on supervising creative productions.


Anna Brinkschulte

Head of Interactive Media, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg 

Christian is a founder of a mediaproduction company - eyecatchproductions. Since 2003 he realises a wide range of short, feature and business films, as well as animation driven / interactive content and live events. In January 2006 he has joined the team of Animationsinstitut at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, currently working as head of commissioned productions and talentinitatives.

Christian Müller

Head of Commissioned Productions and Talentinitatives, Animationsinstitut Filmakademie

Hanno leads MANN+HUMMEL „Performance Office“ - enabling organization via focused governance and agile project management to drive key global and x-functional strategic initiatives to execution. The scope encompasses product portfolio, footprint & structure, processes & organization, digitalization & innovation.

Hanno Hoehn

Chief Procurement Officer and Managing Director at Mann+Hummel

Jürgen studied economics with a focus on IT in Hohenheim. After his studies, he worked as a consultant for renowned management consulting agencies for large companies, including DAX companies. But there were also some small companies he was allowed to advise at the public sector, such as municipal and national energy suppliers.  Since 2021, Jürgen has been Head of the Digitalisation & IT Department at Ludwigsburg City Council.




Jürgen Paulus

Head of Digital Transformation & IT, City of Ludwigsburg

Ana supports sustainable practices in Amazonian traditional communities to allow both land and people to flourish. 


Ana Rosa de Lima

Initiator and Director of Meli Bees Network 


Jonas Kirchner

CEO at Pixelcloud


Stella Deppe

Policy Advisor Digital Development/ Innovate2030 at GIZ

Ralph is Research Associate and PhD Candidate at Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology-Management and Innovation (EnTechnon) at the Karlsruher Institute of Technology. He is responsible for the coordination of research activities in the field of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. Ralph is a member and former marketing executive of the Pioniergarage e.V., which is the largest student entrepreneurship group in Germany. 


Ralph Henn

Research Associate, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Oliver is responsible for the economic development of the county of Ludwigsburg since 2021. With 15 years of experience in supporting industrial companies, he is now developing strategies and initiatives for the county to stay a top place for production and innovation. This also includes building a fruitful environment for startup companies.


Oliver Reichert

 County Economic Development in the County of Ludwigsburg

Andrea is a Consultant at Bosch Management Consulting. Her focus is on strategy development and scenario management. In addition, she empowers customers methodically and operationally with practical approaches to achieve high effectiveness in systematic business model innovation. Before joining Bosch in 2005, Andrea was self-employed and worked for various advertising agencies.

Dr. Andrea Bräuning

Director of Corporate Strategy at Robert Bosch GmbH 

Plamen has been head of the new Solution Architects department at German Edge Cloud (GEC), a specialist in edge and cloud solutions and a Friedhelm Loh Group company. The expert for the digitization of industrial manufacturing processes previously worked for IBM for 27 years, most recently as Global CTO for the area of Industry 4.0.


Plamen Kiradjiev

Head of Solution Architects at German Edge Cloud   

A driven business strategist and digitalization expert with a strong passion for innovation and technology.


Nevena Stavreva

CEO of Enterri

Arnbjörn is founder of Iceventure. He realizes strategy, business models or valuations for customers shaping innovation processes, business processes or national/local innovation systems. He combines digital business model knowledge, industry models and tech innovations trajectory with an operative and global macro view. He has 12+ years of corporate banking, startup/SME/corporate, and institutional project consulting experience in Germany, Italy, and Iceland.


Arnbjörn Eggerz

Managing Director at Iceventure

Nicolas is the Chief Data Scientist of Political Risk at Michael Bauer International GmbH. Previously he has worked as the Chief Executive Officer at CONIAS Risk Intelligence. 


Nicolas Schwank

 Chief Data Scientist of Political Risk at Michael Bauer International GmbH

Timothy (M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation) is Associate at Iceventure, the research sponsor of the DEEP ecosystems conference 2022. He focuses on realizing systematic innovation, tech and business model strategy working at the intersection of technology & financial signals, transferring these insights into business, and market strategy. He frequently works on innovation questions in terms of technology valuations, sector analysis and market research.



Tim Robb

Associate at Iceventure

Wohnungsbau Ludwigsburg GmbH (WBL) - is the housing company of the city of Ludwigsburg. It provides adequate living space and shapes the cityscape with its diverse urban development measures. For this, it was awarded the " MyFairTenant" seal of quality.


Andreas Veit

Executive Director at Wohnungsbau Ludwigsburg GmbH 

Award winning Inventor of two patented products, founder of  Cleantech company, a Digital Commerce platform, Sustainability consultancy, Innovation Speaker, Business Coach,  Non Executive Director, Podcaster and former fundraiser for Renewable Energy projects. He is mentor for Natwest Bank, EIT Climate KIC and Creative Quarter Nottingham and working with UK Government on COVID recovery funding for small businesses. Supporting innovators with achieving their business potential.


Assim Ishaque

Founder at The Entrepreneurs Trust  

Julia is an International City Promotion Advisor at Barcelona City Council, where she actively presents the city and its economic opportunities in order to bring economic activity through foreign investment and create quality jobs in the city.  A civil servant since 2016, she is committed to the city of Barcelona and its citizens.


Julia Cordonet 

International City Promotion Advisor at Barcelona City Council

Michal is responsible for the management of several EIF-advised investment programmes, particularly the multi-country Central Europe Fund of Funds, the European Angels Fund and the ESIF-funded VC programmes in the Czech Republic and Croatia, helping build innovation ecosystems across the CEE space. Prior to EIF, Michal was responsible for international affairs at the International Investment Bank, which he joined from the Slovak Ministry of Finance.


Michal Košina

Senior Mandate Manager, Mandate Management – Equity, European Investment Fund (EIF)

Dr. Ellie Amirnasr started her career as innovation project manager at M+H in 2013. She is the founder of MANN+HUMMEL first corporate startup, qlair, focusing on intelligent solution for clean air management in commercial and industrial buildings. While growing the business for qlair and crossing the chasm she realized the difference between corporate and startup KPIs and developed corporate startup governance process for M+H.


Ellie Amirnasr

Director of Digital Ventures at MANN+HUMMEL


Eric Schüürmann

Deputy Head of Business Administration and Financing at Wohnungsbau Ludwigsburg

As the CIO of Fark Labs, Ömer Hantal is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and innovation policies for the entire Farplas Automotive Group, as well as its startup ecosystem and R&D projects supported by EU programs and local initiatives. Ömer Hantal holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

Ömer Hantal

Chief Innovation Optimizer of FARK LABS

Michelle E. Messina is CEO of the international advisory and training firm Explora International, Silicon Valley insider and a serial entrepreneur who sold her first company at age 19.  She is co-author of the best-selling book Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide and a board member at Startup Chile. Today, Michelle trains corporations to innovate more like startups and trains founders, investors, and mentors to be more effective using the best practices of Silicon Valley.

Michelle Messina

CEO of Explora International

Imre has been working in the Hungarian ecosystem since 2005. He is founder of Hild Life and OTP Life Annuities with a combined market value of more than HUF 30 billion (170M dollars in 2009 terms). In 2016, he founded Global Traction, a startup development and international market access consultancy.


Imre Hild

CEO of Global Traction

Marius is the co-founder and managing director of the global R&D procurement platform PatentPlus.io. With PatentPlus he supports innovative companies with new product development and the identification of relevant external R&D partners such as universities, scientists, and startups. Additionally, Marius is a coach for early-stage startups, an active contributor to initiatives that promote deep-tech entrepreneurship, and a co-author of the book Ecosystem Innovation. 



Marius Almstedt

Managing Director at PatentPlus.io




Yakab Kitti

Co-Founder & Design Station Lead at Lunar Program




Laszlo Bodis

Deputy State Secretary for Innovation, Budapest

Dudu Gencel is a Senior Project Manager at the Vienna Business Agency, which is the official business promotion agency of the city of Vienna, Austria. The agency offers a wide range of services and support to both Viennese and international companies looking to set up or expand their business in Vienna. In her role, Dudu is responsible for managing and overseeing specific projects and initiatives aimed at promoting business growth and development in Vienna for Viennese and international startups.



Dudu Gencel

Project Lead Startup City Vienna

Since 2019, Levente is the Rector of Óbuda University, formerly Deputy Rector for Education, and Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science of Neumann János. He is a regular member of the Doctoral School of Applied Informatics and Applied Mathematics and of the University Doctoral and Habilitation Council, and head of the Knowledge Centre for Life Science Controls.



Dr. Kovács Levente

Rector, Obuda University

Gergo Gulyas, a startup and innovation expert, is CFO at Wolves Summit and Co-Founder of iScale Hub. He has an extensive network in the innovation ecosystem, having managed prominent programs for clients like LG, PwC, and UNDP. He's a board member at Startup Campus and ex-CFO of cLAB Ventures, an oncology-focused accelerator. He is passionate about knowledge transfer, fundraising and internationalisation initiatives.


Gergő Gulyás

CFO at Wolves Summit and Co-Founder of iScale Hub

Mary is a tech-savvy professional with 7 years of experience in developing a tech scene in Moldova. She is a well-connected person, who has built many bridges between entrepreneurs, universities, corporates, mentors and opportunities. She has extensive experience in programs, business development, strategy development, events and brings in Moldova over 10 international partnerships as Startup Genome, Seedstars, Techstars, Silicon Drinkabout, Ignite Talks, FinTech Camp, Rockstart, TechVillage, Global Startup Awards, Venture Cup, Traction Camp.


Mary Nemciuc

CEO and Founder, Technovator



Istvan Szasz

Technical Project Manager, Bosch Hungary



Sofie Pauwels

Business & Innovation, City of Antwerp



Csongor Biás

Managing Director, Startup Hungary

Tamas is an experienced International Business Development Strategist and Advisor, with a passion for innovation and business growth. As a key member of the founding team of iScale Group, Tamas trains ambitious deep tech startups, tech transfer officers, and knowledge transfer officers at universities on how they can boost the commercialization process and present science-heavy solutions.

Tamas Szeker

Co-Founder, Innovation and Business Growth Partner at iScale Group

David Trayford

Founder, Wow Media

Elemer is the chairman of the Board of Directors at IMPACT VENTURES. He graduated as a historian, and studied political sciences and economics in the United States. He has been founder and senior officer of several small and medium enterprises. As business angel, he took part in launching several lucrative undertakings and his references also list many successful exits.

Elemér Eszter

Managing Partner at Impact Ventures

Dominique Diouf

Head of Exploration, UNDP Accelerator Labs

Naimul Abd

Business Advisor & Partnerships Lead at Coompanion Stockholm

Morten Kildahl Sorensen

Strategic Programmes Orchestrator, Climate-KIC

Zoran Nasteski

Co-Founder and CEO at Qpick

Sara Araya

Co-Founder & Design Strategist, RHĪZ

Mohamed Muse Hassan

Director, SIMAD iLab

Karlo Kukec

Project Manager, Invento Capital Partners

David Achim

Executive Director at Make IT in Oradea

Tero Kyckling

Senior Business Advisor, Business Tampere

Mariano Guzzetta is a manager in Innovation and Emerging technologies of EY. Mariano is an expert in Open Innovation thanks to his experience with corporate and PA and his activity in the startups sectors as a mentor and as ex-startupper.

Mariano Guzzetta

Innovation & Emerging Technologies Advisor, EY

Denny Droßmann

Hamburg Invest

Dora Marosvolgyi

Founder and CEO, DARE Innovation

Outcomes of previous edition

June edition brought together 90 innovation leaders and ecosystem builders from 22 countries for two days in-person event in Ludwigsburg (Stuttgart), Germany.

Participants of the Conference gathered around roundtables- DEEP Dives- to explore topics with a high potential to determine the success of ecosystems. In four DEEP Dives, the following topics were analyzed:

  • Is It Time to Go East? How CEE Hubs are Building Thriving Startup Ecosystems
  • World in Crisis: Where will Venture Capital Go
  • Tech Saves the World: How Public Institutions Use Hackathons and Accelerators to Solve Societal Problems
  • Dinosaurs in the Metaverse: Will Manufacturers in Europe Survive the Impact of the New Internet?

The outcomes of the Conference and DEEP Dives are published in a post-conference publication, which you can find here.

Discover the briefs from previous conferences below.

White Paper on Future of Work
White Paper on Female Entrepreneurship

White Paper on Tech Saves the World

White Paper on Value of Exits
White Paper on Internationalization

White Paper on Emerging CEE Startup Ecosystems

White Paper on Social Entrepreneurship
White Paper on Cultural & Creative Industry

White Paper on Agrifood

White Paper on Venture Capital and Crisis

White Paper on Business Angels

White Paper on Metaverse

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