Velvet Innovation

Ambition (Un)locked

Velvet Innovation calls for the tech ecosystem to come together and pursue sustainable innovation. Meet like-minded international innovators and get inspired by industry leaders and Brno region success stories.

Get your early bird ticket for CZK 990 (CZK 1490).
Only until June 30.
14
November 2024
Hotel Passage, Brno
3
stages
Showcase your ideas, network and get inspired
600
attendees
Join startup founders, innovators, investors, and policymakers

Ambition (Un)locked

 


At the heart of every breakthrough lies a powerful force: ambition. The 2024 theme explores the ambivalent nature of ambition: Do we have what it takes? How does our collective and individual ambition drive us towards or away from sustainable growth?

 

"Ambition (Un)locked" invites leaders and innovators to unlock the potential of ambition without constraints while considering strategies that ensure sustainability and resilience. Through our diverse program blocks, we will explore how ambition influences sustainable business, technology, equality or well-being and how we can navigate its challenges to build an environment where innovation and ambition thrive in harmony.

Use the chance to meet international experts, some of whom are visiting Czechia for the first time. We have invited leading thinkers in sustainable business and technology. Velvet Innovation conference is a great opportunity to learn from those at the forefront of their industries and to discuss how ambition can lead to positive outcomes in various domains.

Program blocks

A detailed stage program will be available few weeks before the conference.

 
Building a future-proof enterprise

Building a future-proof enterprise

Discover alternative approaches to business that not only promise sustainability but are transforming industries and practices.
Innovation where you least expect it

Innovation where you least expect it

Uncover the success of unconventional ideas with case studies on sustainable solutions in niche markets and unexpected places.
From thesis to business

From thesis to business

Explore how academia can transform cutting-edge research into thriving startups, with insights into support systems and international success stories.
Women in tech and how to find them

Women in tech and how to find them

Dive into the journeys of visionaries reshaping the tech landscape, discussing their challenges, victories, and systemic solutions paving the way for future female founders.
Business of feeling good

Business of feeling good

Get into the opportunities and challenges of the health tech and well-being sectors, featuring insights from founders and experts.
Startup showcase

Startup showcase

Enjoy a showcase of 25 innovative startups, each presenting unique solutions and groundbreaking ideas poised to shape the future across diverse industries.
The best of #brnoregion

The best of #brnoregion

Celebrate the achievements of the Brno innovation ecosystem with deep dives into local success stories, innovation leaders and impactful projects.
Afterparty

Afterparty

Make the most of new contacts during the Velvet Innovation Afterparty and we will show you why people fall in love with Brno region.

Registration

Get your early bird ticket for CZK 990 (CZK 1490).
Only until June 30.




* Mandatory field


 

Check out last year's Velvet Innovation Conference vibe

Side events

Velvet Innovation is all about collaboration, and #brnoregion is full of exciting places and people with something to say. Our mission is to spread the umbrella of Velvet Innovation to highlight fresh perspectives and connect different worlds. Join our side events related to innovation, technology, or creativity. 

Speakers and hosts

John Elkington
John Elkington
Founder & Chief Pollinator, Volans
Erinch Sahan
Erinch Sahan
Business and Enterprise Lead, Doughnut Economics Action Lab
Denny Royal
Denny Royal
Chief Design Officer, MentorMate, part of Tietoevry Create
Kaija Pöysti
Kaija Pöysti
Angel investor & Business coach, Aldanella
Jana Sedláková
Jana Sedláková
Founder, Sedláková Legal
Kamila Zahradníčková
Kamila Zahradníčková
CEO, Lakmoos AI
Jindřich Fialka
Jindřich Fialka
CEO & Lead Designer, Qdesigners
Stan Markov
Stan Markov
CEO, Runecast
Petr Přidal
Petr Přidal
CEO, Maptiler
Alžběta Králová
Alžběta Králová
Founder & Managing Partner, IPM Consulting
Petr Bittner
Petr Bittner
Journalist, podcaster
Jan Bittner
Jan Bittner
Economist, analyst, podcaster
Jakub Henni
Jakub Henni
CEO for Czech market, Munch/Nesnězeno
Vojtěch Koval
Vojtěch Koval
Podcast Producer
Antonín Ferdan
Antonín Ferdan
Co-founder, Rebalance
Markéta Filipenská
Markéta Filipenská
Startup specialist, JIC
Kristýna Tmejová
Kristýna Tmejová
Reporter, Forbes CZ
Libor Hoření
Libor Hoření
Entrepreneur, consultant, JIC


Startup Showcase

We are on a mission to help founders change the world. Apply to be part of the Startup Showcase area at the heart of the Velvet Innovation Conference! Selected startups will receive two tickets and an opportunity to pitch to investors and potential partners. 

 

We are looking for new projects, startups, or companies with a new product (no more than one year after launch/first units sold) with  innovative and scalable ideas with global potential.
Learn more here.


Applications are open until August 31, 2024.

Register

 


 



 

Where and when?

Date & Time

November 14, 2024 / 12:00

Place

Hotel Passage, Lidická 23, 602 00 Brno, Czechia

How to get there

The easiest way is to get a tram to station Antonínská.

How to get to Brno?

The easiest way is to take a plane to Vienna and then hop on a train or a bus right at the airport. From there, you can get directly to Brno in less than two hours.

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