Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Why do we do this? 

The idea for the Velvet Innovation Conference was born out of the desire of local businesses involved in the innovation ecosystem to meet in person and effect meaningful change. Our mission is to showcase new ideas and provide a platform for international networking. We believe in creating solutions to global challenges by fostering strong relationships between companies, public institutions, research structures, universities, non-profit organizations, creatives, and visionaries. We celebrate the success of local innovation and inspire the next generation of leaders to bring sustainable change. 

What to expect? 

Velvet Innovation Conference is an annual half-day event focused on innovation, emphasizing various aspects of sustainability. The English-speaking conference offers a range of topics, from technology trends to potential business opportunities. It represents a unique opportunity to meet all the key players in one place and be part of the change you want to see in the world. Meet new people, get inspired, and join the discussion. 

Who attends the event?

Over 75% of attendees come from the business sector. Local entrepreneurs, technology leaders and visionaries, corporate C-level executives, researchers, policymakers, NGO representatives, students, and anyone interested in solving global challenges. 

Stay another day 

Velvet Innovation is just the tip of the iceberg. Experience more of the local ecosystem by joining one of the Velvet Innovation Side events, pick from other innovation-related events in #brnoregion, or dive into the busy local food and culture scene.  

Practical Info 

Getting there

Public transportation – The best way to get to the conference is by tram to the tram stop Antonínská. 

Car Parking – If you are coming by car, please use the parking house by the Janáček Theatre or the Rozmarýn parking house. Both are within a few minutes of walking distance from the conference. There is no parking available at the Hotel Passage for conference attendees.  

Conference Check-in & Cloakroom 

The check-in is between 12:00–13:00. Please arrive on time to ensure smooth registration for all attendees. The opening session starts at 13:00. You can drop off your coats at the cloakroom in the hotel lobby. 


Hotel Passage offers free Wi-Fi connection in the entire conference area. 


The conference sessions and all discussions are in English. There is no interpretation or translation available. 

Coffee Breaks 

Ample time for networking is one of our priorities. Several coffee break areas are available on both conference floors for five coffee breaks throughout the afternoon. 

Speed Networking for Start-ups 

If you attend the conference as a start-up representative, you can sign up for a speed networking session with investors and corporations. You will receive a registration for the speed networking session in advance, so you can choose the people you want to meet. 

Refund Policy 

If you cannot attend the Velvet Innovation conference, you can request a refund for up to two weeks before the event.