Inspiration Zone

Learn from visionaries who have dramatically influenced our views on what the possibilities and abilities of startups can be and get inspired by some of the most promising startups that will share their stories of how they turned their dreams into reality. Book your seat now and plan to be inspired!

Benjamin Von Wong


Global Influencer


Benjamin Von Wong is a fighter against global climate change and draws attention to these issues through the unique photos and footage, which are then distributed primarily through social networks, with financing coming mainly through crowdfunding.

Frank Salzgeber,
ESA

Head of Technology Transfer Programme Office

Frank Salzgeber works for the European Space Agency supervising the world’s biggest business network for the space industry. He leads a programme that facilitates the use of space technologies and systems in non-space applications.

Andres De León, Hyperloop TT

COO


Andres De León has nearly 30 years of international experience in manufacturing, financial and business sectors. He serves as a COO of innovative project Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, that is considered the largest and most successful crowd-sourced startup in history.

Peter Vesterbacka, Lightneer

Co-founder

Peter Vesterbacka is a global entrepreneur from Finland with over 20 years experience of building brands and communities. As the Mighty Eagle at Angry Birds, he took that brand to unprecedented heights. Time Magazine has named Peter one of the 100 most influential people on the planet in 2011.

Otto Fabri,
Tesla Motors / Faraday Future

Principal Engineer

Otto Fabri is a Design Engineer in the automotive industry, experienced in the development of autonomous EVs and technologies related to renewable energy. At Tesla Motors, he worked on the Model S and Model X. Now he is at Faraday Future.

David Pavlík


Software program manager

David Pavlík has a long-time experience in innovative companies around the world. He contributed to the launch of products such as Microsoft Office or House of Cards. In the SpaceX company, he works on the software equipment for the Dragon spacecraft.


Interactive Zone

This special program highlights the life of a startup from a firsthand perspective. Hosted within the relaxed atmosphere of the Lucerna Music Bar, some of the brightest stars of the startup and investment world will offer interactive presentations that will engage, excite, and delight the audience, while offering up vital information and learnings about the dynamic life of startup.

Božena Řežáb, Gamee

Co-founder & CEO


Bozena Rezab is the founder and CEO of Gamee, the social gaming network on a mission to make games easily playable with friends and shareable in all social environments. In Gamee she handles global strategy, partnerships and product development. Prior to Gamee she was responsible for YouTube monetization.

Karel Janeček,
RSJ / D21 / UP21

Mathematician, philanthropist & co-founder UP21

Billionaire Karel Janeček is with his mathematical algorithm the biggest trader on the London-based derivative exchange. He is also co-founder of the UP21 startup accelerator and incubator.

Lukáš Hakoš, Clever Monitor

Founder & CTO


Lukáš Hakoš is the founder and CTO of Clever Monitor. Its product of the same name is the first direct marketing tool with artificial intelligence that learns by itself. Global users of the system are, for example, BMW, NASA, Aukro, Walt Disney or London Airport.

Peter Ocásek,
Angelcam

Founder & CEO


Peter Ocásek is founder & CEO of Angelcam (security cameras integration platform), co-founder of startup accelerator StartupYard and incubator Node5. On a volunteering basis he works as a mentor and consultant, especially for B2B startups and universities.

Flavia (Barbat) Anghel, Brandura International

CEO

As Editor-in-Chief of both top branding journal Brandingmag and Branding.news, Flavia is the go-to person for editorial dexterity. She founded Brandura International, a company encompassing marketing editorial expertise, and many experiential conferences.

Jan Beránek,
U+

Founder & CEO

Jan Beránek is the founder and CEO of U+. His company helps makes ideas real by guiding founders and corporations through lean startup process, development and support of their platforms. U+ helped over 40 startups in the past two years.

Ondřej Krátký, Liftago

Co-founder, Chief Growth Officer

Ondřej Krátký is the co-founder of the Czech alternative taxi service Liftago, where he currently serves as the Chief Growth Officer focusing on the expansion of their services to other markets.

Cédric Maloux, StartupYard

CEO

Cédric Maloux is the CEO of StartupYard, the first Czech business accelerator which focuses on technological startups and is a member of the Global Accelerator Network. Cedric has already completed a series of successful projects.

Paul Pöltner,
CONDA

CEO

Paul Pöltner is the CEO and founder of CONDA, Europe’s biggest crowdinvestment platform, which offers startups and innovators an opportunity to gain capital from investors for further development. CONDA has given life to many projects across Europe.

Jörg Binnenbrücker, Capnamic Ventures

Founding Partner

Jörg is an attorney at law, studied Economics and has been active in the VC scene for more than 13 years. Before setting up Capnamic, he was the founding partner and managing director of DuMont Venture and built up the investment business of the DuMont media group.

Thomas Kösters, EIT Digital

International Outreach Lead

Managing partnerships in 14 countries Thomas Kösters has a wide knowledge of internationalization strategies. Before joining the EIT Digital accelerator, he worked for Microsoft Ventures. He is also the founder of the Startup Heatmap Europe project, which analyzes founder movements across Europe.

Volker Hirsch


Advisor & Angel Investor

Volker is an entrepreneur, angel investor & advisor. He is a co-founder of Blue Beck, the founder of Quantified Ventures, a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, and the Chairman of Bibblio. He also acts as a board member and/or advisor to another seven companies in EdTech, IoT, Travel, Advertising and Gaming.

David Kovalsky,
In2Greators

CEO

David is a serial entrepreneur with interest in FinTech and smart solutions for gastronomy. As the CEO of QFix Solutions he’s launched a mobile-first platform for top financial brokers. In 2016 he returned to startup land as a business mentor.

Jean-Francois Ott, Ott Partners

Chairman

Real estate developer Jean-Francois Ott, turned startup maven is working on funding and developing projects that are focused on saving lives, including those that are bringing defibrillators and air sensors to public spaces and office buildings.

Barbora Tyllová, PayU

Country Manager

Barbora Tyllová is a country manager of PayU for the Czech republic, Slovakia and Hungary. PayU is one of three largest online payments providers in the Czech republic. Before 2013, Barbora worked as a marketing and sales manager at Microsoft and T-Mobile.

Karel Kučera, CzechInvest

CEO

Karel Kučera has experience from several multinational companies, including Deutsche Post, Accenture and M.C. TRITON, as well as Czech Television. Since October 2014, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Business and Investment Development Agency CzechInvest.

Honza Tyl, Inventi

Competence Leader Analyst / Scrum Master

Honza Tyl has over 12 years of experience in IT and works for big banking corporations throughout the day. During the night, he coordinates startups and leads analytical academies. Additionally Honza helps a group of analysts in professional growth at Inventi. His biggest obsession is modern technology, especially mobile application development and AI.

Hannes Engelmann, KPMG

Manager

Hannes has more than 9 years of experience with KPMG in Munich, serving mainly global clients and startups across multiple industries. He is currently the manager of a DAX30-company and responsible for the Group audit. Besides of this he is the Group manager of a globally active engineering company and also responsible for the Smart Start activities in Southern Germany.


Discussion Tables

Join our discussion tables where experienced mentors from the local and global startup scene will take you through the essential aspects of a startup business. Look forward to hearing stories of those who have seen the ups and downs of a startup, learning tips and techniques about marketing and sales, discovering the best practices of bringing a product to market, finding out how to build a successful team, and plenty more.

Flavia (Barbat) Anghel, Brandura International

CEO

As Editor-in-Chief of both top branding journal Brandingmag and Branding.news, Flavia is the go-to person for editorial dexterity. She founded Brandura International, a company encompassing marketing editorial expertise, and many experiential conferences.

Karel Janeček,
RSJ / D21 / UP21

Mathematician, philanthropist & co-founder UP21

Billionaire Karel Janeček is with his mathematical algorithm the biggest trader on the London-based derivative exchange. He is also co-founder of the UP21 startup accelerator and incubator.

Benjamin Von Wong


Global Influencer


Benjamin Von Wong is a fighter against global climate change and draws attention to these issues through the unique photos and footage, which are then distributed primarily through social networks, with financing coming mainly through crowdfunding.

Lubo Smid,
STRV

Co-founder & COO


Lubo Smid is the co-founder & COO of STRV, Silicon Valley's go-to software development partner since 2012. Forbes's 30 under 30 alumnus. A startup-minded entrepreneur with extensive experience of leading engineering teams in a modern millennial way.

David Pavlík


Software program manager


David Pavlík has a long-time experience in innovative companies around the world. He contributed to the launch of products such as Microsoft Office or House of Cards. In the SpaceX company, he works on the software equipment for the Dragon spacecraft.

Lucie Tvarůžková,
Zonky

Co-founder

As the CEO of Zonky, Lucie helped develop and launch their Czech P2P loan platform. In 2017, she successfully guided the firm through its acquisition by the Home Credit financial group and subsequently returned to the Creative Dock startup incubator.

Marián Gazdík,
Startup Grind Europe

Director

Marián Gazdík is the European Director of the Startup Grind global community, which is supported by the Google for Entrepreneurs and aims to train, inspire and connect entrepreneurs, helping them with the successful development of their companies.

Cédric Maloux, StartupYard

CEO

Cédric Maloux is the CEO of StartupYard, the first Czech business accelerator which focuses on technological startups and is a member of the Global Accelerator Network. Cedric has already completed a series of successful projects.


Martin Pejša, Creative Dock

Founder & Managing Director

Martin Pejša founded and runs the Creative Dock, which has become a place where are both independent and custom-made startups created. Before that, he worked for large companies, most recently as a sales director at Vodafone CZ, where he led more than 1,000 people in stores and call centers.

Milan Šemelák, STRV

Board advisor

Milan is a brandmaker who shaped more than 150 brands ranging from global giants to local start-ups. Experiments with creativity and its impact on business and society. Designed first vertical in-house agency, created a method to build start-up brand in 120 minutes, sits on board of specialized creative companies across the world.

Eva Čejková Vašková, Podnikavá žena

Founder

Eva as a member of the Supervisory Board of the AMSP ČR supports women's entrepreneurship in the project Podnikavá žena. She founded the PR agency ConPro, the project ŽENY s.r.o. and built up a dozen coworking places Pracovny ŽENY s.r.o.

Thomas Kösters, EIT Digital

International Outreach Lead

Managing partnerships in 14 countries Thomas Kösters has a wide knowledge of internationalization strategies. Before joining the EIT Digital accelerator, he worked for Microsoft Ventures. He is also the founder of the Startup Heatmap Europe project, which analyzes founder movements across Europe.

Jörg Binnenbrücker, Capnamic Ventures

Founding Partner

Jörg is an attorney at law, studied Economics and has been active in the VC scene for more than 13 years. Before setting up Capnamic, he was the founding partner and managing director of DuMont Venture and built up the investment business of the DuMont media group.

Jan Beránek,
U+

Founder & CEO

Jan Beránek is the founder and CEO of U+. His company helps makes ideas real by guiding founders and corporations through lean startup process, development and support of their platforms. U+ helped over 40 startups in the past two years.

Jean-Francois Ott, Ott Partners

Chairman

Real estate developer Jean-Francois Ott, turned startup maven is working on funding and developing projects that are focused on saving lives, including those that are bringing defibrillators and air sensors to public spaces and office buildings.

Jindřich Fialka, Q Designers

CEO

Jindřich Fialka is the CEO of Q Designers studio that is using methods of Human Centred Desing, Desing Thinking and Customer Experience Desing for developing products and services. As a mentor, he is helping startups in Impact Hub and ESA Bic incubators.

Ondřej Krátký, Liftago

Co-founder, Chief Growth Officer

Ondřej Krátký is the co-founder of the Czech alternative taxi service Liftago, where he currently serves as the Chief Growth Officer focusing on the expansion of their services to other markets.

Paul Pöltner,
CONDA

CEO

Paul Pöltner is the CEO and founder of CONDA, Europe’s biggest crowdinvestment platform, which offers startups and innovators an opportunity to gain capital from investors for further development. CONDA has given life to many projects across Europe.

Petr Beneš,
6D Academy

Co-founder

Petr Beneš worked for over 20 years in banking sector. As a CIO he was developing new banking systems. In the long-term, he has devoted himself to the influence of the digital revolution on the economy and society. He addresses these issues in the 6D Academy he co-founded.

David Kovalsky,
In2Greators

CEO

David is a serial entrepreneur with interest in FinTech and smart solutions for gastronomy. As the CEO of QFix Solutions he’s launched a mobile-first platform for top financial brokers. In 2016 he returned to startup land as a business mentor.

Mischa Wetzel, innogy Ventures

Investment Partner

Mischa has spent two decades in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, roughly half of which as a founder in the Internet, e-commerce, media and music space, the other half as a venture capitalist. Now he serves as an Investment Partner in innogy Ventures.

Nicolas Tommasini, Ott Properties

CEO

Real estate developer Nicolas Tommasini, turned startup maven is working on funding and developing projects that are focused on saving lives, including those that are bringing defibrillators and air sensors to public spaces and office buildings.

Jan Nekovář, UP21

Ideamaker

Jan Petr Nekovář has 15 years of experience in HR and talent development within organizations. He has improved the application of Blanchard theory of situational leadership by adding visualization of different views on a person. He is the founder of Evoering, new style of group and individual work.