Velvet Innovation Conferences
2022 2021

Velvet Innovation Conference 2022

Topic
Sustainability as a business opportunity
Date
15 September 2022
Place
Hotel Passage, Lidická 23 Brno 602 00

What is the Velvet Innovation Conference?

It is a half-day event that brings together all the main innovation stakeholders from the South Moravian region, the Czech Republic, and beyond. Its purpose is to inspire, stimulate discussions, confront social and tech trends with local context, bring the insights on new business opportunities, and provide unique setting for networking.  

The conference will consist of two parts. The first one will address the topic of sustainability as a business opportunity in a local, national and international/EU context, while the second one will focus on the developments in the local innovation ecosystem in #brnoregion showcasing its most promising startups, academic achievements with a potential for commercial application, and the latest innovation initiatives. This will be supplemented by plenty of time for informal networking. 

The event is a part of the official program of the Czech Republic’s EU presidency.  

Conference by invitation only!

Program

13:00–13:25 Registration and coffee
13:30–13:50

Official welcome
Jan Grolich (Governor of South Moravia)

13:50–14:10 Keynote
Topic: Digital Sustainability - The Path of Net Zero for the Built Environment and Industry in Europe
 

The presentation will set the scene for the whole event by framing the topic of sustainability and into the wider social and technological trends that shape business environment and the path to net zero in Europe. It will present data on how companies perceive sustainability, what shapes their motives for adopting sustainability principles and challenges they face. Moreover, it will also outline an overview of where the new market opportunities lie in response to climate change and sustainability.

 
Fredrick Royan (Vice President - Sustainability & Circular Economy, Frost & Sullivan)
   
14:10–14:30 Keynote
Topic: Sustainability as a Bussiness Opportunity? 

Kingspan is the global leader in high-performance insulation and building envelope solutions. Its mission is to accelerate a net zero emissions future with the wellbeing of people and planet at its heart. The presentation will demonstrate how a company can make sustainability principles a cornerstone of its global success without hiding the challenges that it entails.

Mike Stenson (Group Head of Innovation, Kingspan)
14:30–15:30 Panel discussion: Green Deal - a threat or an opportunity?
Moderated by Martina Pouchlá
 

The opening panel discussion will bring together people who influence both national and European policies related to sustainability and innovation, as well as inspiring entrepreneurs who will give their insights on the topic of sustainability as a business opportunity. Does Green Deal represent a genuine opportunity? What is the likely impact of green transition? Will it just create new regulatory requirements, or will it be a source of innovation and competitive advantage for Europe? What will be the effect of war in Ukraine and the new geopolitical context on Green Deal? And what does it mean for European and Czech companies? 

 

Kurt Vandenberghe (European Commission, Green Deal Advisor, Cabinet of President Ursula von der Leyen)
Radek Špicar (Vice-president Business Europe and Vice-President of Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic)
Juraj Šabatka (CSO&CFO of IDEA StatiCa, entrepreneur of the year 2020 in South Moravia)
Mike Stenson (Group Head of Innovation, Kingspan)

15:30–16:00 Coffee break
16:00–17:30

Pitching Session – presenting the selection of most promising startups and academic projects from #brnoregion
Moderated by Hana Šudáková (JIC)

The Pitching Session will showcase the most promising startup companies from #brnoregion with high growth ambition, and academic projects with ambition to commercially apply their discoveries. These will receive feedback and advice from a jury composed of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, and technologists, both foreign and Czechs experts.
 

Jury members:
Senta Čermáková (Chief Innovation Officer at Deloitte Central Europe & Czech Republic)
Michaela Malatín (Managing DevOps programs and projects @RedHat | Founding member @holkyvkryptu)
Richard Bijlard (Owner of Techno-broker and Chairman of Brainport TechLaw)
Lukáš Konečný (Junior Partner at Y Soft Ventures)
17:30–17:50 Coffee break
17:50–18:50 Parallel thematic session
  Session 1: Sustainability in practice, moderated by Michal Veselý (JIC)
 

A block with in-depth case studies showing how companies can address the sustainability challenge, and how they can seize new business opportunities created by environmental considerations. How do you measure the environmental impact of your business? How do you start? What needs to change and what does it mean in practical terms (for employees, company culture, suppliers, customers, etc.)? The block will provide real-life examples and some clues to the audience on the question “What can my company do?“.  
 

Petra Busswald (CEO and founder, akaryon)
Bhushan Nigale (Vice President, SAP SE)
Dan Heuer (CEO of Fair Venture and Impact Metrics)
 
Session 2: Funding of sustainability, moderated by Markéta Filipenská (JIC)
 

A block presenting different perspectives on funding opportunities for businesses that decide to put their company on a sustainable track. It will bring together a company whose sustainable business model was instrumental in securing funding for its growth; a venture capitalist who will share her insights on what impact investors are looking for; and a bank that sets the trend in funding sustainable business projects. The panel will also discuss how best to combine different sources of funding for sustainable projects (grants and subsidies, bank loans and other financial instruments).
 

Ivana Sobolíková (Partner, Impact Strategy & Investors’ Relations at MIWA)
Petr Vostrý (Leading the Corporate Engagement Tribe at Česká spořitelna)
Faye Walsh Drouillard (Founder & General Partner at WakeUp Capital)
19:05–19:40 Innovation leaders

Moderated by Martina Pouchlá and Jiří Hlavenka (Councilor for Science, Research and Innovation, South Moravian Region)
 

Do not miss this session if you want to meet the movers and shakers of #brnoregion! A line up of short pitches will introduce the most recent and forthcoming innovation initiatives from South Moravia that came into fruition over the past year. Their list will not be disclosed before the event.

19:40–22:30

Networking & dinner

Speakers

Attendees

Jan Grolich
Jan Grolich
Governor of South Moravia
Kurt Vandenberghe
Kurt Vandenberghe
European Commission, Green Deal Advisor, Cabinet of President Ursula von der Leyen
Radek Špicar
Radek Špicar
Vice-President of Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic
Juraj Šabatka
Juraj Šabatka
CSO&CFO of IDEA StatiCa, entrepreneur of the year 2020 in South Moravia
Petra Bußwald
Petra Bußwald
CEO and co-founder of akaryon, sustainable digitization
Dan Heuer
Dan Heuer
CEO of Fair Venture and Impact Metrics
Ivana Sobolíková
Ivana Sobolíková
Partner, Impact Strategy & Investors’ Relations at MIWA
Petr Vostrý
Petr Vostrý
Leading the Corporate Engagement Tribe at Česká spořitelna
Faye Walsh Drouillard
Faye Walsh Drouillard
Founder & General Partner at WakeUp Capital
Senta Čermáková
Senta Čermáková
Chief Innovation Officer at Deloitte Central Europe & Czech Republic
Michaela Malatín
Michaela Malatín
Managing DevOps programs and projects @RedHat | Founding member @holkyvkryptu
Richard Bijlard
Richard Bijlard
Owner of Techno-broker and Chairman of Brainport TechLaw
Mike Stenson
Mike Stenson
Group Head of Innovation, Kingspan
Bhushan Nigale
Bhushan Nigale
Vice President, SAP SE
Fredrick Royan
Fredrick Royan
Vice President - Sustainability & Circular Economy, Frost & Sullivan
Presentation
Lukáš Konečný
Lukáš Konečný
Junior Partner at Y Soft Ventures
Jiří Fuchs
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CCF RESEARCH, a.s.
Ilona Müllerová
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Akademie věd ČR (Czech Academy of Sciences)
Michaela Brázdová
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JIC
Libuše Dudová
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JIC
Linda Szemlová
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LindaS.cz
Daniel Šimek
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Invanta s.r.o.

Where and when?

Date & Time

September 15, 2022 / 13:00

Place

Hotel Passage, Lidická 23, 602 00 Brno

How to get there

by tram to station Antonínská

Main Partners

Partners

Supporters

Media Partners

Organizers

This event is organized with the support of the Smart Accelerator project in the South Moravian Region II, reg. No. CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/18_055/0014359

Patronage