BIO OKO | 27.6.

Time schedule

Time Speaker Company Topic
09:15 Julie Meyer Entrepreneur Country The David & Goliath Model
09:40 Martin Pejsa Creative Dock Nimble innovation for heavyweights
10:05 Arnost Marks Deputy Prime Minister for Science, Research and Innovation Bloody administration and the marvellous people on Internet
10:30 Cofee break
10:50 Elise Sass Microsoft Technology does not respect tradition
11:10 Grzegorz Banas Hubraum Telco vs startups – a perfect fit or a bad clash
11:30 Jarmila Placha Wayra CEE Wayra CEE
11:45 panel discussion moderator: Martin Pejsa
12:15 Lunch
13:30 Michael Goldberg Case Western Reserve University Beyond Silicon Valley: How Can Communities in Transitioning Economies Support Entrepreneurship?
13:55 Ladislav Barta CEZ Following the money
14:10 Ondrej Slacalek Raiffeisenbank Innovation in RB
14:25 panel discussion moderator: Lucie Bresova
14:55 Jiri Manas Ceska sporitelna Intrapreneurs in corporations
15:10 Cofee break
15:30 Lars Buch Startupbootcamp Venture capital for startups and corporations
16:15 InvestmentLabs battle
17:15 The End
19:00 Afterparty Fusion Bar


2.700,- CZK (100 EUR)

Corporations and Startups

...and why it's not a contradiction

You can't ignore it anymore. There is a huge new part of the startup ecosystem that needs to be taken seriously. Large corporations from every sector - IT, mobile, publishing, automotive, retail and more - are launching their own startup initiatives. Accelerators, incubators, internal innovation programs, contests. New types of companies and new business models appeared to build bridges between startups and corporations. But there are still many questions to be answered and the ecosystem still needs to find the best way how to connect and engage with these newcomers.


Are you sure you are doing the best you can when it comes to startups? Should you perhaps intergate your startup activities more? Or less? Or are there more effective and successful ways? Share your experience and knwoledge with a number of top global companies. Share success stories, share fail stories, connect and improve.


There are as many things that coroprations can learn from you as you can learn from them. There are smart people, years of business experience, real customers and a lot of money. Are you really sure that they have nothing to offer, that they are somehow "worse" than private accelerators and investors?


It is a stunning city in the heart of Europe with thriving startup community. It is well connected to Germany, Poland or Austria, as well as Eastern Europe. But it is also a startup playground for many large corporations - Telefonica's Wayra, Microsoft, IBM, mobile operators, banks.

Startup Summit 2014


Julie Meyer (1st session 9:00-10:30am)

Founder, Entrepreneur Country
Julie founded Ariadne Capital in 2000 to create a new model of the financing entrepreneurship with 62 founding entrepreneurs, she has backed explosive growth of companies like Skype, Monitise, Zopa, SpinVox or BeatThatQuote and launched EntrepreneurCountry Global in 2013.

Martin Pejsa (1st session 9:00-10:30am)

Managing Director, CreativeDock
Former manager at Vodafone and E.ON who decided to leave the corporate world in 2013 and founded a new type of incubator - CreativeDock. Through CreativeDock he provides knowledge, money and workforce to creative people with ideas and connects them with large companies.

Michael Goldberg (1st session 9:00-10:30am)

Co-founder, Bridge Investment Fund
Michael Goldberg is an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader whose teaching at Weatherhead is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance. Goldberg co-founded the Bridge Investment Fund, a venture capital fund focused on investing in Israeli medical device companies that have synergies with the leading health care industries and institutions in Cleveland. Goldberg is also a Senior Advisor to Kaiwu Capital, a Chinese venture capital fund.

Arnost Marks (1st session 9:00-10:30am)

Under-Secretary of Deputy Prime Minister for Science, Research and Innovation
After studying at Cambridge and working for Price Waterhouse Coopers, Arnošt gained experience at the Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences, research project CEITEC, Deloitte, Ministry for Regional Development, European Comission and several universities. Oh, and he speaks Mongolian.

Elise Sass (2nd session 11:00-12:30)

CEE Startup Lead, Microsoft
Elise founded 1st startup accelerator program in Estonia (Startup Wise Guys) and moved from working in startups to mentoring and guiding them through different programs. Since January 2013 she is leveraging communication between the giant Microsoft and innovative startups.

Simon Devonshire (2nd session 11:00-12:30)

Director of New Business Ventures, Wayra Europe
Simon ran the Small Business division of O2 UK for five years, a €1bn business – doubling the number of business customers in that time. In January 2012 he was appointed to the new position of launching Wayra across Europe for Telefonica – his dream job. Wayra is the biggest incubator and accelerater of businesses, on earth.

Grzegorz Banas (2nd session 11:00-12:30)

Head of Investments, Hubraum Krakow
Grzegorz is responsible for analysis of new potential ventures. Throughout his career he was involved in supporting polish companies doing business in Portugal, business consulting and audit activities for Big4 company as well as managing investments for Venture Capital fund.

Ondrej Slacalek (3rd session 13:30-15:00)

Director of Customer innovation, Raiffeisenbank
Ondrej is responsible for a team leading various projects taking RB beyond banking and innovating the approach to customers. He develops and operates an innovation process within the company. And after a successful private project of castle restoration he also launched a small brewery business.

Ladislav Barta (3rd session 13:30-15:00)

Head of Innovation, ČEZ
Ladislav started his career in Ernst & Young before becoming a part of one of the largest energy companies in the region. He now connects several departments to accelerate innovation and seeks opportunities in cooperation with startups or venture capitalists.

Jiri Manas (3rd session 13:30-15:00)

Head of IT, Erste group - Česká spořitelna
Jiří has 13 years of experience with IT technology, innovation programs, development, infrastructure, project management and information governance in Europe and South East Asia. Board Member at mobile payments startup Mobito.

Lars Buch (4th session 15:30-17:00)

Managing Director, Startupbootcamp
Lars spent over 13 years in Nokia, but his range of business and VC activities very wide. He is a founder of Wasp Ventures and DealCircle, a private investor network, Chairman of the Board at and he also helps companies DARE2Mantion and Accelerace Management.

Max Niederhofer (4th session 15:30-17:00)

Partner, Sunstone Capital
Max is a very experienced venture capitalist (Sunstone Capital, Accel Partners, Atlas Venture), active seed investor (, OneFineStay, Skimlinks, Boticca) and entrepreneur (Qwerly,

Martin von Haller (4th session 15:30-17:00)

Partner, Bird & Bird
Martin is leading European startup and IT lawyer at the international law firm Bird & Bird. He has cofounded a number of tech startups himself (Araneum in 1996, one of the first Danish Internet firms), he is a micro angel investor (DealCircle). He works with angel and venture financing. Also he is consider a leading expert on open source, creative commons and open data.


2.700,- CZK (100 EUR)