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February 5

Slovenia & Turkey : Startup Accelerators & Ecosystems in the Balkans and Southeast Europe

Ana Lukner Roljič - ABC Accelerator (SI)
Juš Dobnikar - ABC Business Academy (SI)
Duygu Oktem Clark - TTA Turkey - European Investment Fund (TR)
Richard Pivnicka - Honorary Consul General, Czech Republic (USA)


Session Four introduces us to Slovenia, Bosnia and Turkey in Europe's Balkans and Southeast regions. Founded in Ljubljana, ABC is one of the Balkans' leading accelerators, with startup and corporate innovation operations in Silicon Valley, Munich and Slovenia. Juš Dobnikar, co-founder of ABC Business Academy, an ABC portfolio company, will showcase the global growth of this rare Balkans edtech startup that has established sites in Toronto, Silicon Valley and Munich. Duygu Clark will present the results of a 2017 survey of the Turkish startup and venture capital ecosystem undertaken by the European Investment Fund (EIF). Panel speaker and angel investor Richard Pivnicka touches on the broader state of the expanding startup ecosystem across Central Europe and the Balkans.

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February 12

Switzerland : Corporate & University Roles in Growing National Startup Ecosystems

Penny Schiffer - Swisscom (CH)
Lea von Bidder - Ava Science (CH)
Andrea Fossati - Parquery (CH)


In Session Five we consider the key role that corporations and universities play in pivoting Switzerland's traditional economy towards tech-based entrepreneurship. Based in Zürich, Penny Schiffer leads telecom operator Swisscom's engagement with startups as an investor, partner, customer and acquirer. Lea von Bidder, co-founder of Ava Science, a Swisscom Ventures portfolio company, will discuss the rapid growth of this fertility-tracking startup that works closely with the University of Zurich. Andrea Fossati presents Parquery, a technology spin-off from the Computer Vision Laboratory of ETH Zurich, and its entry into the global parking management marketplace. We are also pleased to host a special guest artist who will demonstrate one of Switzerland's most beloved alpine performance art traditions.

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Partners 2018

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Mind The Bridge Foundation (MTB)

Time | Directions

Mondays 4:30 - 5:50 pm | Winter Quarter
Hewlett Teaching Center | Auditorium 201
Stanford University, Engineering Campus
370 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

Free On-Campus Parking from 4pm Onwards
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Schedule 2018 - Year Nine

January 8

Sweden & France : Autonomous Truck Startups
and State Venture Banks


Course Introduction & Logistics
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Robert Falck - Sweden

CEO & Founder

Einride
@EinrideOfficial || @Falck_Robert
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Paul-Francois Fournier - France

Chief Innovation Officer

Bpifrance
@BpiFranceInno || @Paul_F_Fournier
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Burton Lee - Silicon Valley

Lecturer - European Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Stanford Mechanical Engineering
@Europreneurs || @BurtonLee

January 22

Czechia & Slovakia : Venture Capital & Startup Ecosystems
in Central Europe


Session #2 Introduction & Logistics
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Andrej Kiska - Czech Republic

Partner

Credo Ventures
@CredoVentures || @KiskAndrej
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Barbara Pivnicka - USA

Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic

San Francisco Global Trade Council
@SlovakiaMFA
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Pavel Serbajlo - Slovakia

Co-Founder

M.dot
@PavelSerbajlo

January 29

Estonia : Urban Delivery Robot Startups & eGovt Innovation


Session #3 Introduction
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Ahti Heinla - Estonia

CEO & Co-Founder

Starship Technologies
@StarshipRobots || @AhtiH
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves - Silicon Valley

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Hoover Institution || President of Estonia (2006-2016)
@StanfordCISAC || @IlvesToomas
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Andrus Viirg - Estonia

Director

Enterprise Estonia - Silicon Valley
@e-Estonia || @AndrusViirg
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Rainer Sternfeld - Silicon Valley

Founder

PlanetOS (acquired by Intertrust)
@IntertrustTech || @RSternfeld

February 5

Slovenia & Turkey : Startup Accelerators and Ecosystems
in the Balkans and Southeast Europe


Session #4 Introduction
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Ana Lukner Roljič - Slovenia

Managing Director

ABC Accelerator
@abc_accelerator || @AnaLukner
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Juš Dobnikar - Slovenia

CEO & Co-Founder

ABC Business Academy
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Duygu Oktem Clark - Turkey

Business Development Leader

TTA Turkey | European Investment Fund
@T_T_G_V || @DuyguOktem
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Richard Pivnicka - USA

Honorary Consul General, Czech Republic

Band of Angels
@CzechStartups

February 12

Switzerland : Corporate and University Roles
in Growing Startup Ecosystems


Session #5 Introduction
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Penny Schiffer - Switzerland

Head of Startup Initiatives

Swisscom
@SwisscomStartUp || @PennySchiffer
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Lea von Bidder - Switzerland

President, Co-Founder & VP Marketing

Ava Science
@AvaWomen || @LeaVonBidder
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Andrea Fossati - Switzerland

CEO & Co-Founder

Parquery
@Parquery

February 26

EU Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) & The Silicon Valley Response


Session #6 Introduction
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Sabrina Ross - USA

Legal Director of Privacy and Consumer Protection (2014-2017)

Uber & Apple
@Uber || @Apple || @SabrinaRoss
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Leila Golchehreh - USA

Senior Corporate Counsel, Privacy & Compliance

Adaptive Insights
@AdaptiveInsights || @LeilaGolchehreh
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Marcel van der Heijden - Netherlands & Austria

Partner | VP Business Development

SpeedInvest | Aircloak
@SpeedInvest || @Aircloak || @Marcel_v_d_H

March 5

The State of European Tech


Session #7 Introduction
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Marco Marinucci - Italy

Founder & CEO

Mind The Bridge
@MindTheBridge || @MMarinucci
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Gené Teare - South Africa

Head of Content

Crunchbase
@Crunchbase || @geneteare

March 12

Albania & Germany : eCommerce Portals and Transportation Services Startups


Session #8 Introduction
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Pierre Gourdain - Munich

General Manager - US

FlixBus
@FlixBus || @Gourdain
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Mergim Cahani - Albania

Founder & CEO

Gjirafa
@GjirafaShqip || @MergimCahani
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Burton Lee - Silicon Valley

Lecturer - European Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Stanford Mechanical Engineering
@Europreneurs || @BurtonLee

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