The largest annual gathering of European incubators, accelerators, science parks, and innovation drivers, will take place on 14 and 15 June at the International Hotel Brno under the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN). This confirms Brno’s unique position on the map of European innovation.
The Congress acts as a platform for the European innovation community every year. It allows participants to learn about the latest trends, strategies, and best practices in business innovation. “Twenty years ago, South Moravia bet on promoting innovation and the
knowledge economy. It has brought prestige, stable jobs, and a higher quality of life. For the region, the opportunity to organise such an event is proof that they have built up respect in innovation in recent years,” says Petr Chládek, director of the JIC innovation agency, which is co-organising the Congress.
The Congress was also supported by the Governor of the region, Jan Grolich, who will attend it in person. “The region has innovation in its DNA. In history, it was textile factories, Zbrojovka (Armory), and microscopes. Today it is companies in the field of cyber security, space industry or research projects at scientific institutes – all of them bring stability, prestige and new jobs to the region,” believes the Governor of the South Moravian Region. “We could not think of a better place, theme, or co-host for the 2023 EBN Congress. JIC has been a member for more than 10 years and has seen how creative and innovative – reactive and unafraid to adopt new methodologies – the EU|BIC community is when facing adversity and uncertainty,” says EBN President Cristina Fanjul.
The keynote speaker of the Congress is Vaughn Tan, author of Uncertainty Mindset, who is based at University College London and holds a PhD from Harvard University. His work focuses on how innovation can help companies in uncertain times. “The theme of this year’s Congress is innovation in uncertain times. The discussions will therefore focus on how innovation can help people face current challenges – be it the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, or the climate crisis,” explains Chládek, adding that representatives of Ukrainian innovation and startups will also be given space to present possible areas of cooperation with European incubators and accelerators.
“It’ll be a truly pan-european gathering with representatives of various innovation ecosystems from all over Europe and beyond. An occasion to share best practices, experiences, models in a dynamic and vibrant setting. We’re proud and delighted to be hosted
in Brno” confirms Laura Lecci, CEO of EBN.