ECOSYSTEMS Couch Conference

COUCH CONFERENCE

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IN COLLABORATION WITH THE FT

Renewing economic growth in 2020

As the consequences of national lockdowns weigh in, governments and companies are looking for ways to restart stalling economies. Meanwhile, impacted startups subsist on short cash runways. Looked at optimistically, governments are faced with the opportunity to fundamentally realign their economies on a more sustainable and digital path. Now is the time for city policy makers, business leaders, investors, and startup founders to come together to discuss how governments can support and leverage tech ecosystems and renew economic growth.

In collaboration with the FT, Ecosystems online event will leverage expert insights to tackle questions like:

  • To what extent were startup communities around the world affected by the global pandemic?

  • Learning from the public health crisis: how can tech ecosystems help governments build more resilient economies?

  • What will startup-government collaboration look like in 2020 and beyond?

We’ve enlisted top thinkers including Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President at European Commission and Jonathan Ortmans, President at Global Entrepreneurship Network, to lead the way.

Ecosystems will also feature the launch of the Startup Genome Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking.

We know what you’re thinking: not another webinar. Couch Conferences go beyond the online format with hands-on workshops, live interviews, and audience Q&As. Interact with other attendees on real-time discussion boards and expect a few TNW-style touches — digital disco, anyone?

This event is for you if you are a startup founder, policymaker, or are curious how governments and startups can work together to achieve economic growth.

Speakers

Big names, bigger ideas (got what it takes? Apply as a speaker)

  • JF Gauthier

    JF Gauthier

    Startup Genome
    CEO & Founder

  • Ana Brnabic

    Ana Brnabic

    Serbia
    Prime Minister of Government of the Republic

  • Dan Correa

    Dan Correa

    Stanford University
    Research Affiliate

  • Jean Phil Nsengimana

    Jean Phil Nsengimana

    Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Rwanda
    Former Minister

  • Annette Kroeber-Riel

    Annette Kroeber-Riel

    Google
    Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Europe

  • Mona Keijzer

    Mona Keijzer

    Dutch Ministry
    State Secretary Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

  • Ravi Narayan

    Ravi Narayan

    T-Hub
    CEO

  • Lindsay Greene

    Lindsay Greene

    New York City Economic Development Corporation
    Chief Strategy Officer

  • Adenike Adeyemi

    Adenike Adeyemi

    Fate Foundation
    CEO

  • Margrethe Vestager

    Margrethe Vestager

    European Commission
    Executive Vice-President

  • Eui-Seung Kim

    Eui-Seung Kim

    Seoul Metropolitan Government
    Deputy Mayor for Economy

  • Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau

    Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau

    Techleap.nl
    Envoy

  • Emma Navarro

    Emma Navarro

    European Investment Bank
    Vice President

  • Martina Larkin

    Martina Larkin

    World Economic Forum
    Member of the Executive Committee

  • Carmen Ianosi

    Carmen Ianosi

    European Commission
    Innovation Policy Officer

  • Rajesh Agrawal

    Rajesh Agrawal

    London City Hall
    Deputy Mayor for Business

  • Dr. Werner Vogels

    Dr. Werner Vogels

    Amazon.com
    CTO

  • Howard Wang

    Howard Wang

    Shanghai Caohejing Innovation Center
    Assistant General Manager

  • Marloes Pomp

    Marloes Pomp

    Dutch Blockchain Coalition
    Program Officer

  • Lais De Oliveira

    Lais De Oliveira

    Startup Genome
    Community Consulting Partner

  • Stephan Kuester

    Stephan Kuester

    Startup Genome
    Head of Ecosystem Strategy

  • Roni Zehavi

    Roni Zehavi

    CyberSpark and Global EPIC
    CEO

  • Mark Schaan

    Mark Schaan

    Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)
    Associate Assistant Deputy, Minister for Strategy and Innovation Policy

  • Nils Beers

    Nils Beers

    Techleap
    CEO

  • Irene Arias Hofman

    Irene Arias Hofman

    IDB LAB
    CEO

  • Yi Ming Ng

    Yi Ming Ng

    OpenNodes
    Managing Partner

  • Susan Amat

    Susan Amat

    GEN Accelerates
    Executive Director

  • Harvin Moore

    Harvin Moore

    Houston Exponential
    President

  • Cheryll Watson

    Cheryll Watson

    Startup Genome Advisory Board
    Co-Chair

  • Janet Longmore

    Janet Longmore

    Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)
    Founder & CEO

  • Veronica Tan

    Veronica Tan

    IMDA Singapore
    Director, Next Generation Platforms

  • Leanne Kemp

    Leanne Kemp

    Everledger
    Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and Founder & CEO

  • Charlotte Stevenson

    Charlotte Stevenson

    Australian Department of Home Affairs
    Global Talent Officer - Europe

  • Jacopo Dettoni

    Jacopo Dettoni

    fDi Magazine
    Acting Editor

  • Piero Pelizzaro

    Piero Pelizzaro

    City of Milan
    Chief Resilience Officer

  • Kiann Stenkjær Hein

    Kiann Stenkjær Hein

    GovStart Denemarken
    Managing Director

  • Octavi de la Varga

    Octavi de la Varga

    Metropolis
    Secretary General

  • Fianne Smith

    Fianne Smith

    Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Affairs
    Project Manager SiR

  • Prof. Eugene Kandel

    Prof. Eugene Kandel

    Start-Up Nation Central
    CEO

  • Mark Thomas

    Mark Thomas

    Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
    President

  • Vic Crone

    Vic Crone

    Callaghan Innovation
    CEO

  • Felipe Matos

    Felipe Matos

    Dínamo and ABStartups
    Board Member

  • Wensheng Wu

    Wensheng Wu

    Greatwall Strategy Consultants
    General Manager

  • Rowan Barnett

    Rowan Barnett

    Google.org
    Head EMEA & APAC

  • Semra Celebi

    Semra Celebi

    StartupAmsterdam
    Lead Female Entrepreneurship

  • Jan Middendorp

    Jan Middendorp

    House of Representatives of the Netherlands
    Member

  • Marie Latour

    Marie Latour

    Zabala Innovation Consulting Belgium
    Director

  • David Hanf

    David Hanf

    German Startup Association
    Co-Founder and Board Member

  • Ruben Nieuwenhuis

    Ruben Nieuwenhuis

    Amsterdam Economic Board
    Chair International Advisory Board

  • Pratap Raju

    Pratap Raju

    Climate Collective
    Founding Partner

  • Yeni Joseph

    Yeni Joseph

    StartupAmsterdam
    Project Manager Female Entrepreneurship

  • Isidro Laso Ballesteros

    Isidro Laso Ballesteros

    European Commission
    EUvsVirus lead organiser

  • Jonathan Ortmans

    Jonathan Ortmans

    Global Enterpreneurship Network
    President

  • Patrick Gagné

    Patrick Gagné

    OSMO
    CEO

  • Shikoh Gitau

    Shikoh Gitau

    Qhala
    CEO

  • Emilie Sobels

    Emilie Sobels

    RISE | Hashtag Workmode
    Co-founder | Founder

  • Markus Waghubinger

    Markus Waghubinger

    finothek
    CEO

  • Arinda van der Meer

    Arinda van der Meer

    City of The Hague
    Program Manager Startup in Residence InterGov program

  • Sean Kane

    Sean Kane

    F6S
    Founder and CEO

  • Deepak Bagla

    Deepak Bagla

    Invest India
    Managing Director & CEO

  • William Sonneborn

    William Sonneborn

    International Finance Corporation
    Senior Director

  • Frans Nauta

    Frans Nauta

    ClimateLaunchpad
    Founder

  • Samia Melhem

    Samia Melhem

    The World Bank
    Global Lead, Digital Capabilities

  • Chris Glerum

    Chris Glerum

    Innofest
    New Business Lead

  • David Fernandez

    David Fernandez

    StartUp Chile
    Chief Growth Officer

  • Lisa Witter

    Lisa Witter

    Apolitical
    Co-Founder and Executive Chair

  • Arnobio Morelix

    Arnobio Morelix

    Startup Genome
    Chief Innovation Officer

  • Charlotte Breen

    Charlotte Breen

    C40 Cities
    Head of Green Economy & Innovation Forum

  • Evan Engstrom

    Evan Engstrom

    Engine Advocacy
    Executive Director

  • Nataly Veremeeva

    Nataly Veremeeva

    TechUkraine
    Director

  • Friso Visser

    Friso Visser

    Innofest
    Innovation Lead

  • Peter Verkoulen

    Peter Verkoulen

    Dutch Blockchain Coalition
    Coalitie Manager

  • Marc Penzel

    Marc Penzel

    Startup Genome
    Founder and President

  • Katja Berkhout

    Katja Berkhout

    Fliteboard
    General Manager

  • Surina Shukri

    Surina Shukri

    Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
    CEO

  • Lacina Kone

    Lacina Kone

    Smart Africa
    Director and CEO

  • Luis Felipe Barrientos

    Luis Felipe Barrientos

    iNNpulsa Colombia
    VP Innovation

  • Rocio Fonseca

    Rocio Fonseca

    Chilean Economic Development Agency
    CIO, CORFO

  • Dr. Kate Cornick

    Dr. Kate Cornick

    LaunchVic
    CEO

  • Miska Hakala

    Miska Hakala

    Helsinki Business Hub
    Director Business Platform Development

  • Kat Borlongan

    Kat Borlongan

    La French Tech
    Director

  • Mariano Mayer

    Mariano Mayer

    Marea Venture Partners
    Founder

  • Ben Costantini

    Ben Costantini

    Startup Sesame
    Founder & CEO

  • Eric van der Kleij

    Eric van der Kleij

    EdenBase
    Co-founder

  • Pieter Paul Van Oerle

    Pieter Paul Van Oerle

    TNW
    Strategy Director

  • Romee Erens

    Romee Erens

    Impact Hub
    Innovation Sourcing Specialist

  • Javier Espinoza

    Javier Espinoza

    Financial Times
    EU Correspondent

  • Julie Sinnamon

    Julie Sinnamon

    Enterprise Ireland
    CEO

  • Edwin Chow

    Edwin Chow

    Enterprise Singapore
    Assistant CEO

  • Miguel Gamino

    Miguel Gamino

    Mastercard
    Executive Vice President, Global Cities – Enterprise Partnerships

  • Hagay Levin

    Hagay Levin

    Israel Innovation Authority
    Chief Strategy Officer

  • Patricia Russ

    Patricia Russ

    Startup Genome
    Senior Manager, Ecosystem Strategy

  • Alex Irwin-Hunt

    Alex Irwin-Hunt

    fDi Magazine
    Global Investment Reporter

  • Gerard Grech

    Gerard Grech

    Tech Nation
    Chief Executive

  • Christian Miele

    Christian Miele

    German Startup Association
    President

  • Juan Andrés Vasquez

    Juan Andrés Vasquez

    Ruta N Medellín
    Executive Director

  • Rogier Klimbie

    Rogier Klimbie

    GovTechNL
    Ambassador

  • Sofia Del Sante

    Sofia Del Sante

    ProChile
    Head of Innovation

  • Thomas Walle

    Thomas Walle

    Unacast
    CEO & Co-Founder

  • Minouche Cramer

    Minouche Cramer

    City of Amsterdam
    Program Manager of Innovation & Innovative Procurement

  • Brecht Lootens

    Brecht Lootens

    City of Ghent
    Liaison Officer Digital Transformation

  • Joshin Raghubar

    Joshin Raghubar

    iKineo Ventures
    Founder

  • Yrja Oftedahl

    Yrja Oftedahl

    Power Ladies
    Host

  • Tomasz Szymczak

    Tomasz Szymczak

    Inkubator STARTER
    CEO

  • Jason Wiens

    Jason Wiens

    Kauffman Foundation
    Policy Director in Entrepreneurship

  • Derek Andersen

    Derek Andersen

    Bevy/Startup Grind
    CEO

  • Patrick de Laive

    Patrick de Laive

    TNW
    Founder & CPO


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