Velvet Innovation Conferences

Velvet Innovation

Velvet Innovation Conference brings together people from companies, public and research institutions, universities, NGOs, and the creative industry. Our mission is to inspire and connect people dedicated to innovation without demolition. Meet like-minded international innovators and get inspired by industry leaders and #brnoregion success stories.

Save the date for this year's Velvet Innovation conference: November 14, 2024.

About Conference 2023

Date

15 November 2023
Place

Hotel Passage, Lidická 23, Brno

In 2023, we went broader and deeper. What must we do to ensure our region's prosperity and sustainability? The Velvet Innovation Conference's 2023 edition considered the various shapes sustainability may take, from green solutions to ethical investing to workplace well-being. 9 sessions featured the best of the region, panel discussions with experts, and case studies of inspiring local and international companies.

We have given special attention to networking – apart from the essential coffee breaks and afterparty, start-ups you could join a dedicated speed networking session. To champion innovation in every aspect of life in #brnoregion, we ventured outside the conference for the first time with side events by our partners.  

Daria Krivonos keynote session + panel discussion

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. 

Meetup: Smart Hydrophonic Garden

Date
14.11.2023 17:30:00
Venue
FabLab Brno, Purkyňova 649/127, 612 00 Brno
Organiser
Fab Lab Brno

Guided Tour of the Premises of KUMST

Date
16.11.2023 17:00:00
Venue
Údolní 495/19 602 00 Brno
Organiser
KUMST Brno

Made by Fire

Date
16.11.2023 18:00:00
Venue
Husova 536, 662 26 Brno
Organiser
Moravian Gallery in Brno, Museum of Applied Arts

Exhibition of Photographs, Cyril Zikuška

Date
16.11.2023 18:00:00
Venue
Údolní 495/19 602 00 Brno
Organiser
KUMST Brno

AFO Festival Echoes

Date
21.11.2023 17:00:00
Venue
KUMST, Údolní 495/19 602 00 Brno
Organiser
Academia Film Olomouc

I have a startup. Looking for investor!

Date
21.11.2023 17:30:00
Venue
Cyrilská 7
Organiser
Impact Hub Brno

120 seconds: Meet the microscopic community

Date
30.11.2023 15:00:00
Venue
CEITEC MU, KAMENICE 753/5, BRNO
Organiser
Mikroskopická platforma

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    Program

    Showcases

    We picked the most exciting student projects, start-ups, scale-up success stories, and innovation leaders you can be proud of. Vote in pitch contests and show your support. 
     
     

    Inspiration

    International guests, case studies, and experiences no money can buy. Learn from industry experts and make the most of their stories.  

    Networking

    Meet fellow innovation fans and put your heads together. Seize the opportunity to connect with the most prominent players in the region at a single event.  
    12:00–13:00 Registration and coffee
    13:00–14:15 Opening session (Main stage)
      Official welcome

    Petr Chládek (CEO, JIC), Markéta Vaňková (Mayor of Brno), Jan Grolich (Governor of the South Moravian Region)
      Keynote + Panel discussion 
      Sustainable prosperity of the region 

    Working with the future involves dealing with uncertainty, blind angles, and cognitive biases, while also taking calculated risks and monitoring key vectors of change. Futurist Daria Krivonos will discuss the future of a sustainable society, considering planetary boundaries and the balance between work, life, health, and purpose for citizens in the 21st century. Her lecture will highlight how a region with a strong heritage and recent history can innovate and become a part of the European sustainability agenda.


    Daria Krivonos (CEO, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies), Jan Grolich (Governor of the South Moravian Region), Ondráš Přibyla (CEO, Facts on Climate Change), Daniel Prokop (sociologist and founder of PAQ Research)

    Moderated by Martina Pouchlá
    14:15–15:00 Coffee break
    15:00–15:45 Pitch sessions (Main stage)
      Emerging Innovators

    Every year, young entrepreneurs from Brno University of Technology, Masaryk University, and Mendel University compete for funding and mentorship for their start-up projects. Show your support for local emerging innovators on a path to make their mark on the world.  

    Moderated by Markéta Filipenská (Startup specialist, JIC)

    Innovation Leaders

    Meet the movers and shakers of #brnoregion. A line-up of short pitches will introduce the most exciting recent innovation initiatives from South Moravia that came to fruition over the past year.  


    Moderated by Markéta Filipenská (Startup specialist, JIC) and Jiří Hlavenka (Councilor for Science, Research and Innovation, South Moravian Region, Investor) 
      Panel discussion (Parallel stage 1)
      Unlocking the Benefits of Corporate/Start-up Cooperation

    Learn from real-world examples and gain actionable takeaways to enhance your business partnerships. Draw inspiration from a case study of successful cooperation between a local start-up and an international corporation. Representatives of start-ups and corporates will share insights and strategies for successful collaboration, including navigating cultural differences, managing expectations, and fostering innovation. 


    Kateřina Manley (Head of Investments, Seed Starter of Česká Spořitelna), Philippe Souidi (Vice President, SAP.iO), Vít Rašovský (CEO & co-founder, Invanta), Jan Skoták (Associate Vice President & Regional Centre Head, Infosys) 

     

    Hosted by Lucie Kanioková (Business Innovation Manager, JIC)
      Case studies + Q&A (Parallel stage 2)
      Finding Business Opportunities in ESG

    YSoft and CTP have both successfully integrated ESG principles into their business model. We will examine how to leverage sustainability and social impact to drive growth, enhance customer loyalty, and create value for stakeholders. Learn from companies that have used ESG as an opportunity for their business and learn from their experiences and best practices. Join us as we explore the growing importance of ESG in the business world and discover how it can be a powerful driver of innovation, competitiveness, and impact.


    Václav Muchna (CEO, Y Soft), Adam Targowski (Group Head of ESG, CTP) 


    Hosted by Petr Holík (Facts on Climate Change)

    15:45–16:30 Coffee break
    16:30–17:15 Panel discussion (Main stage)
      Funding the Future 

    Join investors in exploring the future of the angel and venture capital scene, considering current events and the changing landscape of start-up investing. Let’s examine how the period of economic uncertainty and geopolitical factors impacted valuations and investment willingness. We will discuss how the criteria for selecting start-ups for investment are evolving, consider the rise of impact investment as the new norm, and how it's reshaping how investors evaluate opportunities and measure success. 


    Bijan Sabet (United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic), Eva Arh (Partner, 3VC), Karel Obluk (Partner, Evolution Equity Partners), Jan Staněk (Founding Partner, Purple Ventures)


    Hosted by Miloš Sochor (Managing partner, Y Soft Ventures)

      Panel discussion (Parallel stage 1)
      Future of Mobility

    Join us for an insightful discussion on the future of mobility, exploring the policies on the national and EU levels versus the business and everyday reality. We'll examine the latest trends and technologies shaping the future of transportation, including modes of transportation such as electric vehicles, autonomous driving, and mobility-as-a-service, as well as new technologies such as hydrogen propulsion. We will hear from industry leaders and political representatives and explore how they navigate the complex and ever-changing mobility landscape.  


    Rosalinde van der Vlies (Director, Clean Planet, European Commission), Michal Závišek (General Manager, Honeywell Technology Solutions), Václav Kobera (Director of Intelligent Transport Systems, Space Activities and R&D and Innovation, Ministry of Transport), Jaroslav Pelant (Managing director, Škoda X)

     

    Hosted by Petr Knap (Senior Advisor | Mobility, EY Consulting)
      Fireside chat (Parallel stage 2)
      Scaleup Success Stories of the Year

    The scale-up superstars of 2022 will let you on their business secrets. In the informal format of a CEO-to-CEO chat, we will get to know the companies that took business media by storm last year and learn what constituted their success, who helped them on the way and their attitudes toward sustainability.


    Petr Palas (Founder, Kentico & Kontent.ai), Petr Janošík (Founder & CEO, Smartlook)

     

    Hosted by Jiří Tobola (Mentor, ScaleUp Board member, JIC) 
    17:15–18:00 Coffee break + Speed networking
      Meet Your Next Investor/Business Partner

    Find the match made in heaven for your start-up solution. This speed networking session will allow you to meet with the investor or corporate business partner of your choice. Start-ups can register to join the session in the month leading to the event. 


    3VC, BPD Partners, Czech Founders VC, Danube Angels, Garage Angels, Initium Capital, Purple Ventures, Threshold Capital, Zero Gravity Capital and angel investor Petr Sochora, Honeywell, SAP, Infosys
    18:00–18:45 Pitch session (Main stage)
      Start-up Spotlight

    A showcase of the most promising start-up companies from #brnoregion with a great ambition to grow. Vote for your favorite start-ups and remember their names; you will hear about them in the future! 

    Moderated by Libor Hoření (entrepreneur, JIC mentor)

      Panel discussion (Parallel stage 1)
      Future of Work

    Will we finally work less but smarter? Join us in a discussion exploring the impact of automation and digitalization, the reality of work for the next generation, and the skill set of the future. We will unpack how employees are coping with the current situation in the workplace and what the future holds for new recruits. 

     

    Hana Ducháčková (Intelligent Automation and Robotization Evangelist), Tomáš Ervín Dombrovský (Head of Analysis, Communication & Relations, LMC), Pavel Wimmer (CEO & Founder, DNAI)

     

    Hosted by Filip Dřímalka (Founder, Digiskills & Digitask)
      Case study + Q&A (Parallel stage 2)
      Profit with a Purpose: Lessons from sustainable companies

    Get insights from companies that have earned their success with sustainability at the core of their business. We will examine sustainable business models in two case studies and discuss the specifics with industry experts. We will discuss featured projects' origins, challenges, how they are doing in the market today, and where they see opportunities in the future. 


    Jan Čillík (CEO, Tierra Verde), Mark Kirwan (CEO & co-founder, Positive Carbon) 


    Hosted by Michal Veselý (CMO JIC & Chairman of the Board, A Change for the Better)

    18:45–19:00 Break
    19:00–19:30 Closing session (Main stage)
    Final remarks
    19:30–22:00 Afterparty
    Refreshments + Networking 

    Speakers and hosts

    Attendees

    Markéta Filipenská
    Markéta Filipenská
    Startup specialist, JIC
    Jan Najvárek
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    JIří Matela
    /
    Matyáš Zezulka
    /
    Radek Nozar
    /
    Denisa Šťastná
    /
    In creative
    Ondřej Bochin
    /
    MUNI
    Nela Kadlečíková
    /
    JINAG
    David Petřík
    /
    Peter Povala
    /
    Crowdberry
    Martin Příborský
    /
    SMB
    Ivo Kutáč
    /
    Tietoevry Create
    Surajit Mitra
    /
    SAP
    Radovan Blaha
    /
    Ysoft
    Jan Kaláb
    /
    Ysoft
    Anastazia Kriušenko
    /
    Hospodářské noviny
    Martin Uhlár
    /
    Honeywell
    Martina Pouchlá
    /
    Martin Bryndza
    /
    Karel B9lek
    /
    Hosteska
    /
    Josef Hos
    /
    Webnode
    Jiří Stárek
    /
    SVS FEM
    Patrik Serafinovič
    /
    SVS FEM
    Daniel Surmař
    /
    digital mediate
    Jakub Kouřil
    /
    CORPIN / Rothschild & Co
    Dillon Werry
    /
    Stanton Chase s.r.o.
    Eliška Buzková
    /
    Simona Liptáková
    /
    Petra Vilímková
    /
    AIS Servis
    Dalibor Černý
    /
    Milan Horňák
    /
    IMPULSE VENTURES
    Jaroslav Baier
    /
    Havel & Partners
    Tomáš Avrat
    /
    David Marek
    /
    Tanguy Prevot
    /
    Honeywell
    Katarína Klamková
    /
    CARE Česká republika
    Bohumil Pokstefl
    /
    Roman Hladík
    /
    2K Czech
    Rob Chisholm
    /
    ReForm Therapeutics
    Krisztina Orosz
    /
    ZEBRA
    Robert Janča
    /
    Robert Hruška
    /
    ORLEN Unipetrol RPA s.r.o.
    Martina Vysloužilová
    /
    Academia Film Olomouc
    Michal Horák
    /
    ABB
    Marcel Svačina
    /
    ABB
    Martin Odehnal
    /
    ABB
    Ondřej Kunický
    /
    ABB
    Tomáš Šetina
    /
    Šetina, Komendová & Partners, s.r.o., advokátní kancelář
    David Hruska
    /
    Pedersen & Partners
    Jan Wedlich
    /
    ICUK

    Where and when?

    Date & Time

    November 15, 2023 / 12:00

    Place

    Hotel Passage, Lidická 23, 602 00 Brno

    How to get there

    by 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.

    Gold Partners

    Silver Partners

    Supporters

    Patronage

    Media partner


     

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