The Bay Area Council Economic Institute, EIT Digital, and the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations invite you to the release of the Economic Institute’s new report, “Innovation Bridge: Technology, Startups, and Europe’s Connection to Silicon Valley”.
Europe is a major economic presence in the Bay Area, through trade, investment, and people. More than any other area of the world, it enjoys strong ties to the region through technology and innovation, and in particular through startups. This report documents the startup bridge that connects the two regions.
The report, developed with support from the European Union and regional and international partners, analyzes the dynamic process that each year draws hundreds of European startups and early stage companies to the Bay Area. Topics include: what does the startup map of Europe looks like, what is the environment in Europe for starting and growing technology companies, what are the push and pull factors that lead so many startup companies to the Bay Area, when they come how are they supported, if successful how and where to they grow, and what can be done to help more of them succeed?
The forum will include a summary of the report’s findings and a discussion by a panel of experts.
Eric Thelen, Director, EIT Digital Silicon Valley Hub
Gunther Hofmann, President, Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Remarks on Entrepreneurship and Europe’s Digital Future
Dr. Willem Jonker, CEO EIT Digital
Summary of Findings
Dr. Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Chris Burry, Co-CEO, US Market Access Center
Paul Campbell, VP & Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Schneider Electric
Reza Malekzadeh, General Partner, Partech Ventures
Julien Penders, Co-Founder & COO, Bloomlife
Mark Seale, Managing Director, Innovation Acceleration Group, University of California Berkeley
Eilif Trondsen, Entrepreneurship & Learning SIG Chair, Silicon Vikings
Doors will open at 5:00, followed by the program from 5:30-7:00, and a reception from 7:00 pm -8:00 pm.