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Start-up Nations - Innovative Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

Start-up Nations - Innovative Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

02 November 2016
Room VII, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland

Introduction

Start-up Nations ​

 In September 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, an ambitious clarion call that commits the countries of the world to achieve economic prosperity while protecting our planet and without leaving anyone behind. 

The 2030 Agenda recognizes the enormous opportunities which innovation offers for achieving its goals. It also recognizes the business community’s central role in driving innovation for sustainable development and indeed calls for a renewed partnership between governments and the business community. Every day, all over the world, ambitious, creative entrepreneurs are starting companies with the potential to make a difference to sustainable development, to have a positive impact on prosperity, people and our planet in areas as diverse as agriculture, energy, environment, or health, to name but a few. But much more needs to be done, and much more can be done. The conference will bring together innovators from the private and the public sector from throughout the UNECE region to celebrate the power of disruptive innovation in aligning economic growth with ecological sustainability and social inclusion. It will also discuss how we can get (even) better at it.

Start-up Nations ​

 In September 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, an ambitious clarion call that commits the countries of the world to achieve economic prosperity while protecting our planet and without leaving anyone behind. 

The 2030 Agenda recognizes the enormous opportunities which innovation offers for achieving its goals. It also recognizes the business community’s central role in driving innovation for sustainable development and indeed calls for a renewed partnership between governments and the business community. Every day, all over the world, ambitious, creative entrepreneurs are starting companies with the potential to make a difference to sustainable development, to have a positive impact on prosperity, people and our planet in areas as diverse as agriculture, energy, environment, or health, to name but a few. But much more needs to be done, and much more can be done. The conference will bring together innovators from the private and the public sector from throughout the UNECE region to celebrate the power of disruptive innovation in aligning economic growth with ecological sustainability and social inclusion. It will also discuss how we can get (even) better at it.

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Presentations

  Speaker
(as shown on the Programme)
  Presentation
Keynote Speech - Entrepreneurship and Innovation: The Case of Israel    
  Eugene Kandel, CEO of Startup Nation Central and former Chairman of the National Economic Council, Israel   pdf
Session 1: Start up Stories – Innovation for Impact    
  Cecile Blilious, Managing Partner, ImpactFirst, Israel   pdf
  David Butler, Founder, Startup Grind Zurich, Switzerland   pdf
  Tinatin Gholadze, CEO of gotourify, Georgia   pdf
  Karin Mayer Rubinstein, CEO, Israel Advanced Technology Industries   pdf
  Igor Ovcharenko, Regional Manager for CEE and MENA, Seedstars World   pdf
Session 2: The role of large companies in start-up eco-systems    
  Sophie Blum, Vice-President Marketing Europe and IMEA, Founder of P&G Israel House of Innovation, and former Israel CEO, Procter & Gamble   pdf
Session 3: The changing role of the public sector – From framework setting to defining challenges to co-creation    
  Dan Gregory, Head of Policy, Social Enterprise UK, United Kingdom   pdf
  Jukka Häyrynen, Executive Director, Start-Ups, TEKES-The Finnish Innovation Agency, Finland   pdf
  Sharon Kedmi, Managing Director Israel, ALSTOM, and Special Envoy on Economic Development, Peres Center for Peace, Israel   pdf
  Sigrid Rajalo, Head, Innovation Division, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Communication, Estonia   pdf
  Marie Wall, Deputy Director Startups, Ministry of Enterprise, Sweden   pdf
  Speaker
(as shown on the Programme)
  Presentation
Keynote Speech - Entrepreneurship and Innovation: The Case of Israel    
  Eugene Kandel, CEO of Startup Nation Central and former Chairman of the National Economic Council, Israel   pdf
Session 1: Start up Stories – Innovation for Impact    
  Cecile Blilious, Managing Partner, ImpactFirst, Israel   pdf
  David Butler, Founder, Startup Grind Zurich, Switzerland   pdf
  Tinatin Gholadze, CEO of gotourify, Georgia   pdf
  Karin Mayer Rubinstein, CEO, Israel Advanced Technology Industries   pdf
  Igor Ovcharenko, Regional Manager for CEE and MENA, Seedstars World   pdf
Session 2: The role of large companies in start-up eco-systems    
  Sophie Blum, Vice-President Marketing Europe and IMEA, Founder of P&G Israel House of Innovation, and former Israel CEO, Procter & Gamble   pdf
Session 3: The changing role of the public sector – From framework setting to defining challenges to co-creation    
  Dan Gregory, Head of Policy, Social Enterprise UK, United Kingdom   pdf
  Jukka Häyrynen, Executive Director, Start-Ups, TEKES-The Finnish Innovation Agency, Finland   pdf
  Sharon Kedmi, Managing Director Israel, ALSTOM, and Special Envoy on Economic Development, Peres Center for Peace, Israel   pdf
  Sigrid Rajalo, Head, Innovation Division, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Communication, Estonia   pdf
  Marie Wall, Deputy Director Startups, Ministry of Enterprise, Sweden   pdf

Speakers

Name and Biography Title
Eugene Kandel CEO of Startup Nation Central and former Chairman of the National Economic Council, Israel
Igor Ovcharenko Regional Manager for CEE and MENA, Seedstars World
Karin Mayer Rubinstein CEO, Israel Advanced Technology Industries
Cecile Blilious Managing Partner, ImpactFirst, Israel
Tinatin Gholadze Global Entrepreneurship Network Georgia Regional Executive and CEO of gotourify, Georgia
David Butler Founder, Startup Grind Zurich, Switzerland
Sophie Blum Vice President Europe Marketing, Founder of P&G Israel house of Innovation, and former Israel CEO, Procter & Gamble
Elisabeth Kogan Innovation Lead, TEVA Israel
Jukka Häyrynen Executive Director, Start-Ups, TEKES-The Finnish Innovation Agency, Finland
Sharon Kedmi Managing Director Israel, ALSTOM, and Special Envoy on Economic Development, Peres Center for Peace, Israel
Sigrid Rajalo Head, Innovation Division, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Communication, Estonia
Marie Wall Deputy Director Startups, Ministry of Enterprise, Sweden
Dan Gregory Head of Policy, Social Enterprise UK, United Kingdom
Name and Biography Title
Eugene Kandel CEO of Startup Nation Central and former Chairman of the National Economic Council, Israel
Igor Ovcharenko Regional Manager for CEE and MENA, Seedstars World
Karin Mayer Rubinstein CEO, Israel Advanced Technology Industries
Cecile Blilious Managing Partner, ImpactFirst, Israel
Tinatin Gholadze Global Entrepreneurship Network Georgia Regional Executive and CEO of gotourify, Georgia
David Butler Founder, Startup Grind Zurich, Switzerland
Sophie Blum Vice President Europe Marketing, Founder of P&G Israel house of Innovation, and former Israel CEO, Procter & Gamble
Elisabeth Kogan Innovation Lead, TEVA Israel
Jukka Häyrynen Executive Director, Start-Ups, TEKES-The Finnish Innovation Agency, Finland
Sharon Kedmi Managing Director Israel, ALSTOM, and Special Envoy on Economic Development, Peres Center for Peace, Israel
Sigrid Rajalo Head, Innovation Division, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Communication, Estonia
Marie Wall Deputy Director Startups, Ministry of Enterprise, Sweden
Dan Gregory Head of Policy, Social Enterprise UK, United Kingdom