The European
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1000 x 1000 CrowdFunding
  • United in Diversity Crowd Sourcing / Funding / Innovation
  • 8 September 2016 United Knowledge - Beyond Limits
  • 28 EU Member States Academia, Politics and Practice
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About the event

In partnership with the EU Commission, the country Styria, WKO Steiermark, the city of Graz will be the second hosting city to gather THE European Crowd experts. All driven by a common goal: enabling the crowd for a greater good. Stakeholder from all 28 European member states represented by dedicated Country Patrons will gather to discuss diverse scenarios of crowd-disruption from the fields of practitioners, academia and politics.

Crowd Funding

What is the status quo and taxonomy for alternative financing models in Europe? Can they fulfill the promise of a quickly growing segment, and how can growth begin to attract institutional investors? On the cusp of becoming mainstream, we will discuss and discover the possible risks and chances and reflect most aspects for a relevant regulatory framework to master the ambitious challenges.

Crowd Sourcing

How will a heterogenous group of people combined with an ongoing digital transformation change the way we think about work? Gaining towards an integrated crowdsourcing definition we will explore how to harness the power of crowdsourcing for most relevant practical implications in a mostly mobile engagement environment.

Crowd Innovation

How to foster innovation including a swarm of heterogeneous people and simultaneously engage united collaboration? Let´s explore with the leading experts how a practical implementation framework can unleash dramatic new opportunities for industry innovation in most diverse sectors. United in a jointed endeavor, we are aiming to develop and discuss a possible european future roadmap for CrowdInnovation.

Country Patrons, Speakers 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.

Giordano Koch

Giordano Koch

HYVE Innovation

Giordano Koch

Expert for Crowd Innovation. Managing Director HYVE Innovation Community GmbH

Dr. Giordano Koch is CEO at HYVE Innovation Community. In the course of his career at HYVE he initiated and developed the business sectors “Open Government” and “Open Innovation Consulting”. He studied in Passau, Cleveland, at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and graduated at the WHU Vienna and University of Hamburg. He is lecturer at the University of Linz and often booked as speaker, referring to various best practices and combining them with scientific findings. Innovation is everywhere: in Open Innovation, Crowdsourcing and Co-Creation. Please expect incredible stories, broad expertise and different perspectives from industry, politics and science.

Oliver Gajda

Oliver Gajda

Founder European Crowdfunding Network

Oliver Gajda

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Germany

European Crowdfunding Network, Brussels, Executive Director and Founder | Lendery, London, Co-founder | Slingshot Return, Hamburg, Co-Founder | European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum at the European Commission, Brussels, Member | Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V. (FGF), Advisory Board Member | FutureMediaLab, Brussels, Advisor | InnoHub, Hamburg, Mentor

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.

Michael Gebert

Michael Gebert

Crowd Mentor Network

Michael Gebert

Senior Partner Crowd Mentor Network , Organizer Crowd Dialog Series

Driven by innovation, Michael´s focus is to understand the risks and chances of crowd-based phenomenas like CrowdSourcing, CrowdInnovation and Crowdfunding. Michael is head of the board at the CrowdSourcing Association and the German CrowdFounding Network. He serves as adviser for the EU Commission in the CrowdFunding Stakeholder Group in Brussels and a nominated member of the TAB Begleitkreis „Digitale Arbeit“ for the Deutschen Bundestag.

Bibop G. Gresta

Bibop G. Gresta

COO Hyperloop

Bibop G. Gresta

Activist in Transhumanism and Ethical Entrepreneurship - Deputy Chairman + COO Hyperloop

Bibop G. Gresta is considered worldwide as experts in finance, transportation and media, specializing in mass market community building and project design and world renowned speaker. He's in the board in several humanitarian projects. Activist in Transhumanism and Ethical Entrepreneurship.
He has become partner with Dirk Ahlborn, CEO and co-founder of Jump Starter, Inc. and Deputy Chairman and COO for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. Bibop coordinates a team of 450 engineers in 21 countries which is currently building the first Hyperloop. In Tv Bibop was host, author and producer of hit programs on TV networks like MTV, Tmc2 and acted with a mainstream role in two films: "Il Segreto Del Giaguaro"​ and "Tobia Al Caffè".

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 of the European Crowdfunding Network and Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Shelley Kuipers

Shelley Kuipers

CEO & Founding Partner of Better Ventures

Shelley Kuipers

Thought Leader and CrowdSourcing expert

Shelley Kuipers is an accomplished and highly successful entrepreneur. After years of pioneering work in the emerging field of crowdsourcing, she co-founded Better Ventures in 2015 and founded Chaordix in 2009, helping clients such as LEGO, KPMG, University of Oxford, American Airlines, and Orange Telecom to gain a new level of market intelligence through crowdsourcing.

Diyan Mihaylov

Diyan Mihaylov

Chief Product Officer of Crowdio

Diyan Mihaylov

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Bulgaria - Chief Product Officer of Crowdio

Diyan is creating the first platform for crowdsourced, on-demand sales force. What started as a simple irritation with unavailable online support outside of working hours is now a global way to tap into the world’s sales talent, and to create a new economy for hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Building on the his research-led experiences, Diyan went on to work on the digital transformations of some of the biggest companies in Europe, including Coloplast, Telecom Austria, Technopolis, and LVMH.
Recently Diyan has been involved in the non-profit sector as an ambassador, trainer, and adviser on global trends such as the sharing economy, crowdsourcing, and crowd-based community building.

Kaspar Korjus

Kaspar Korjus

e-Residency Program Director

Kaspar Korjus

Running the coolest governmental start-up in the world: e-Residency @ e-resident.gov.ee

Kaspar Korjus, is the Team Lead and Managing Director of e-Residency in the Republic of Estonia. After gaining a BSc and MSc in e-Business at Lancaster University, Kaspar was invited back to Estonia by the president initiated “Talents Return Home” programme. Amongst others, in 2015 Kaspar has been chosen by Forbes Estonia as one of the “30 under 30” people as #1 in Technology and Finance.

Ronald Kleverlaan

Ronald Kleverlaan

Founder of CrowdfundingHub

Ronald Kleverlaan

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Netherlands - Founder of 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.

Günther Oettinger

Günther Oettinger

EU Commissioner Digital Economy & Society

Günther Oettinger

Member designate of the EC in charge of Digital Economy and Society

Günther Oettinger´s responsibilities include reparing ambitious legislative steps towards a connected Digital Single Market by breaking down national silos in telecoms regulation, in copyright and data protection legislation, in the management of radio waves and in the application of competition law.

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.

Pedro Oliveira

Pedro Oliveira

Dean at CATÓLICA-LISBON

Pedro Oliveira

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for Portugal - Co-founder of PPL Crowdfunding Portugal.

Pedro is Senior Associate Dean (Faculty & Research) and Associate Professor at the Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics. He is the Academic Director of the LisbonMBA, a joint-venture between Católica-Lisbon, NovaSBE, with the collaboration of MIT-Sloan. He is also the Director of the doctoral program in Technology Change and Entrepreneurship jointly offered by Católica-Lisbon, IST and Carnegie Mellon University. He is the Founder and Project Leader of Patient Innovation and co-founder of PPL Crowdfunding Portugal.

Julia Groves

Julia Groves

Head of Crowdfunding at Downing LLP

Julia Groves

Country Patron and Delegation Leader for the UK - Head of Crowdfunding at Downing LLP

A pioneer of digital businesses since founding ba.com in 1994, I have spent the last 20 years working on disruptive customer-led propositions across online retail, renewable energy and financial services market spaces.
Most recently I developed the crowdfunding platform Trillion Fund, co-founded the UK Crowdfunding Association and am now a Partner with the Downing Crowd.

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 on 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 crowdsourcing, 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 a Crowd 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 crowd can speed-up the innovation process for an competitive business future.

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