The „V4 EYES – Emerging Young EntrepreneurS” international startup conference organized by the Budapest Enterprise Agency will take place at the Bálna Budapest center on August 31st, 2017 at 10:00 o’ clock. The conference will host speakers, roundtable discussions and startup presentations. Moreover the winners of the V4 EYES startup competition will be awarded.


In 2016, the Budapest Enterprise Agency successfully applied to the International Visegrad Fund for the project „EYES – Emerging Young EntrepreneurS”. The aim was to create a platform on which institutions, companies and startups can share good practices and international experiences.

The date of the event:    August 31st, 2017, 10.00 – 18:00

The venue of the event: Bálna Budapest, 1093 Budapest, Fővám square 11-12., 2. floor

Patrons of the conference: Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affair and Trade, István Tarlós, Mayor of Budapest

Draft program

 10:00 – 10:40   Opening session

  • Levente Magyar, Under-secretary, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affair and Trade
  • Gábor Bagdy, Deputy Mayer of the Municipality of Budapest
  • Piroska Szalai, Chair of the Board, Budapest Enterprise Agency

10:40 – 11:00    Awarding ceremony of the V4 EYES startup competition

11:00 – 11:30   Presentation of international good practices

  • Ádám Balog, Chief Executive Officer, MKB Bank Zrt.: MKB Fintech program

11:30 – 12:00   Pitch session: the V4 EYES startup competition winners

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00   Startup programs in V4 states and capitals – panel discussion

Participants: Ferenc Nagy-Rébék, Deputy Head of Department, MFA Department for Science Diplomacy; Dávid Mihalik, Head of Office, Startup Hungary Centre, Piroska Szalai, Chair of Board, BEA; Balázs Szegner, Consul General of Hungary in Dusseldorf. Moderator: Csaba Szajlai, Deputy Editor in Chief, Figyelő

14:00 – 14:15   Introduction of project partners

  • Piotr Sęk, CEO, Mazovia Cluster ICT, Poland
  • Gabriela Kolackova, manager, Point One, Czech Republic
  • Marian Zajko, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia

14:15 – 14:40   Coffee break

14:40 – 15:10   Presentation of international good practices

  • Zoltán Hamar, technical manager, Autóipari Próbapálya Zala Ltd.: Test lane for the development of self-driving vehicules in Zalaegerszeg

15:10 – 16:00   V4 startups shares their good practices – panel discussion

Participants: Tomáš Pokorný, Dogsie, Czech Republic, Ewa Rekosz, Demosplay, Poland; Peter Paluš, Feedbacker, Slovakia, Timur Csillik, Moderator: Balázs Dobos, Lead Researcher, Századvég

16:00 – 18:00   Open space for ideas and networking

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The project was implemented with the support of the Visegrad Fund.

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