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INNOVEIT Budapest – EIT Alumni CONNECT: Young Leaders for the Future of Europe


Get ready for an innovation festival like no other! Join the EIT Alumni and over 500 change-makers in the 'Year of Youth' as entrepreneurs, researchers, innovators and change-makers to celebrate cross-sectoral collaboration, share ideas, and form alliances that will shape the future of Europe!  

Saturday, September 17, 2022 the EIT Alumni flagship event CONNECT will reveal a fast track to innovation moonshots for entrepreneurial leaders and those they lead in the new digital era.  

Register on-site or online to join the stage discussions and engage in Q&A with Unicorns, investors, high-level speakers and key opinion leaders from the global ecosystem, live from MOME in Budapest. The hybrid programme will provide a roadmap to (1) engage all stakeholders in building Europe’s circular economy, resilience and digital capacity, (2) access funding and enable meaningful partnerships, (3) advance inclusive and diverse agendas for development, and (4) train and empower the next generation of leaders to seek public purpose and sustainability through innovation and entrepreneurship. 

In addition to the conference’s programme at EIT Alumni CONNECT you will benefit from an unparalleled networking experience, mingling at the booths showcase in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Arena throughout the whole day. At the I&E Arena, expect to discover EIT’s unique ecosystem opportunities and meet leading alumni talents representing all EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) championing Europe’s progress and making a positive, global impact with breakthrough discoveries and thriving business ventures. 


Register Here (online)

Agenda (all times in CET) 

  Host of the Day: Stefan Buttigieg, EIT Alumnus, Co-Founder of Digital Health Malta, and Host of the Digital Health Voice Podcast
08:00 - 08:40 Registration
09:00 - 09:15

Welcome Note 

Anca del Rio - EIT Alumni President, EIT - European Institute of Innovation and Technology

József Fülöp - Rector, MOME University of Art & Design

09:15 - 10:00

Opening Plenary: Towards Smart and Inclusive Communities

  • Jared Schrieber - Founder & President, Revolution Robotics Foundation
  • Anna Clark - President, Women @ EIT
  • Quy Vo-Reinhard - Co-Founder & Chief Data Officer, dHealth Foundation

Moderated by Martin Kern - Director, EIT - European Institute of Innovation and Technology

10:15 - 11:00

Prioritising Breakthroughs with IP and Patenting by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and European Patent Office (EPO)

  • Sabina Rusconi- Project Manager, Ideas Powered for Business, EUIPO
  • Domenico Golzio - Director CTO Office, EPO

Moderated by Michal Gorzynski - Head of Director’s Office, EIT - European Institute of Innovation and Technology

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:15

Getting inside the Investor's Mindset: Secrets of a Winning Pitch

Beth Susanne - Global Pitch Coach

12:30 - 13:15

Equity Funding and Responsible Investing by EIT Investor Network

  • Péter Mogyorósi - CEO, Creative Accelerator and Regional Director of Hungarian Association for Innovation
  • Chen Shmilo – CEO, 8200 Alumni Association

Moderated by Andrea Kozma – Director, CEU InnovationsLab and EIT Jumpstarter expert mentor

13:15 - 15:00

Lunch break & networking in the I&E Arena

15:00 - 15:45

Scaling a Start-up and Launching Innovative Products in International Markets

  • Maayan Sharon - Business Creation Manager, EIT Global Hub Israel
  • Fredrik Hånell - Business Creation Director, EIT Urban Mobility
  • Emanuela Kufel - Co-Founder & CEO, Prosoma

Moderated by Jared Schrieber, Unicorn, Founder & President of Revolution Robotics Foundation

16:00 - 16:45

Global Futures: Big Tech and the Digital Transformations

Fireside chat with Franziska-J. Klebôn - Head of AI for Good, Microsoft

Moderated by Luca Vavassori - Board Member, EIT Digital Alumni

17:00 - 17:30

Distinguished keynote Keynote and Closing Ceremony

Keynote speaker

Barna Barath - Chair of the Supervisory Board at EIT Climate-KIC, Founder of REAL School Budapest, Board Member at Vertis Environmental Finance

Closing remarks

Anca del Rio - EIT Alumni President, EIT - European Institute of Innovation and Technology

17:30 -18:00

Group photo session (Location: Stairs of the entrance to MOME University) 
18:00 - 23:59

Networking, entertainment and cultural interlude

INNOVEIT Budapest - EIT Alumni CONNECT: Young Leaders for the Future of Europe is an integral part of the INNOVEIT Weeks 2022, the flagship event of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Between September 15 - October 11, the INNOVEIT Weeks will showcase Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem and its opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs at every step of their journey in Europe and beyond. Discover how the EIT harnesses the power of innovation to address the most pressing European and global challenges. Join us in over 10 locations across Europe and online! For more information please visit: