THE CONVERSATION: Startups & Corporates

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This event will be about sharing business stories. Isn´t storytelling the best way for startups and corporations to find common ground and start the CONVERSATION?

Come and share your business story, gain insights from fellow CEOs and entrepreneurs in leading global corporations and learn from and about companies that once used to be successful startups as well as startups of today that have won competitions and gone through incubation programs.

Join other inspiring, global, speakers who will come and share their experience. Corporate Leaders to address:

  • Strategy towards outsourced innovation (how do you acquire startups?)
  • What areas do you cooperate on (what would open your door to startups?)
  • What specific global programs for startups do you have? (lessons learned)

This event will not be about startups presenting their pitches in front of corporates. The selected startups will go through an intense coaching program and they will come prepared to share their story. Join us to do the same!



13.30 – 14.00    Registration & Networking coffee

14.00 – 14.25    Opening & Welcome

Vazil HUDÁK, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic
Jake SLEGERS, Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic


Simon SCHAEFER, Founder and CEO, Factory Berlin

14.40 – 15.50    Session 1 – STRUCTURED PROGRAMS/CORPORATE FUNDING AND INCUBATION) (Format: Panel discussion)

Peter KOLESÁR (Moderator)
Simon SCHAEFER, Founder and CEO, Factory Berlin
Peter GAŽÍK, CEO, O2
Ivan ŠTEFUNKO, CEO, Neulogy
Hub:raum (tbc)

15.50 – 16.00    Break

16.00 – 16.10     THE IDEA BEHIND THIS EVENT: Corporates vs. Startups world

Kenneth RYAN, Managing Partner, KPMG

16.10 – 17.10    Session 2 – THE PATH TO BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL CORPORATE VS.STARTUP LEADER (Format: individual talks by selected speakers)

Kenneth RYAN, Managing Partner, KPMG (Moderator)
Stephen CAULFIELD, CEO, Dell
Stanislav MOLNÁR, Country Director, Oracle Slovakia
Šimon ŠICKO, CEO and Founder, Pixel Federation

17.10 – 17.20     Concluding remarks

Petra DZUROVČINOVÁ, Executive Manager, SAPIE

17.20 – 18.00      Startups networking with corporate CEOs