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5 Day | 5 Cities | 5 Events




From 26th – 30th June the European Young Innovators Forum and Euromentors, in cooperation with 5 of its European Hubs, will organise the Youth Innovation Week. This consists of 5 events in 5 European cities over the course of 5 days, focusing on developments and trends in youth innovation relevant to the local ecosystems. The programme for the Youth Innovation Week sets the stage for EYIF’s headline event in Brussels — UnConvention 2015 (1st – 3rd July) — which, this year focuses on “Game Changers: Growth Hacking and Scaling-Up”.

The aim of the programme as a whole is to draw attention to what is needed on both a local and European level to encourage the development of European startups and foster growth and youth innovation. To achieve this, we have carefully selected 5 of our European Hubs to host tailor-made events on topics and subjects trending in their locality.

Euromentors is an action supported by the European Commission, launched as an initiative by DG Enterprise and Industry and chaired by the European Young Innovators Forum. Euromentors has set up a mentoring ecosystem to help spark, support and expand new business ideas and fuel Digital Entrepreneurship in Europe. The Youth Innovation week events are part of Euromentors activities.

Check out our agenda for the week:

To kick-off the Youth Innovation Week, we arrive in Warsaw on 26th June to join Entrepreneurial Poland and NE100 as part of the Res Publica Festival. Taking place at Mysia 3, this event is a meeting of the 100 “New Europe” innovators, the list of whom was published during the last European Forum for New Ideas.

The Res Publica Festival is the first Central European conference on strategies for innovation and creativity organized by Res Publica – a Polish think-do-tank, publisher of Res Publica Nowa, Visegrad Insight, and Magazyn Miasta journals, and project leader of the New Europe 100 list. Participants will include media activists, researchers, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, journalists and editors, social media and marketing experts, among many others, which is designed to foster innovation and create synergies between politics, digital society, and culture.

The event will also bring together New Europe 100 challengers – world-­leading innovators from around the region. These individuals and organizations,­­ business innovators, political challengers, social entrepreneurs, and cultural animators­­ leverage technology to transform the region and create impact at a pan­-European or even global scale. Their stories offer important lessons on technology­-driven innovation, entrepreneurship, and broader socio­-economic transformation in Europe, which currently urgently needs to reboot its economic and innovation performance.



  • 09.00 – 10.30 Radical Breakfast with Justin McGuirk

    Moderated by:
    Agata Pyzik, The Guardian
    Artur Celiński, Magazyn Miasta

  • 10.30 – 12.00 Raising Innovators

    Panel Discussion on the education of innovators

  • 12.15 – 13.00 Chief Technology Officers for Polish Cities
  • 14.00 – 16.00 Workshop: Smart cities or Wise cities

    Moderated by:
    Marta Żakowska

  • 14.00 – 16.00 Workshop: Do we really need startups?

    Jakub Dymek, Political Critique
    Veronika Pistyur, Bridge Budapest
    NE100 challenger (TBC)
    Dariusz Żuk, Entrepreneurial Poland (TBC)

    Moderated by:
    Aleksandra Przegalińska

  • 16.30 – 18.00 Central European Amazingness & Youth Innovation Week Launch

    Nicholas Zylberglajt, EYIF

  • 18.00 – 18.30 Keynote Address: Another City is Possible

    Adam Greenfield, Urbanscale

  • 20.30 Closing Party

For the 2nd event in the Youth Innovation Week, EYIF heads to Cluj on 27th June to join our partner ClujHub. We will be discussing the environment for scaling up in CEE, in particular Romania. We will be joined by a host of startups including Andrei Barabas, CEO of Barandi Solutions, a web-developer focused on developing scalable web applications for early-stage businesses. He will deliver a keynote speech on focusing on his insights as an entrepreneur in CEE.

Andrei will be joined by Florin Muresan, CEO of Squirrly, Gyongyi Ferenczy, Sales & Customer Support from Halycon Mobile and Alexandra Roata, Managing Partner at SoftLead in a panel discussion. Each will share their views and experiences on the CEE environment before moving to a speed mentoring session which will enable you to share you thoughts and ideas with experienced entrepreneurs.

Startup Trans


  • 17.00 – 17.30 Welcome & Registration
  • 17.30 – 17.45 Introduction to the Youth Innovation Week & Euromentors
  • 17.45 – 18.15 Keynote Address: ``Scaling up in CEE from an Entrepreneurial Perspective``

    Andrei Barabas Brandi Solutions

  • 18.15 – 19.15 Open Panel Discussion with Q&A: ``Scaling up in CEE: The Status in Romania``

    Florin Muresan Squirrly
    Gyongyi Ferenczy Halycon Mobile
    Alexandra Roata SoftLead
    Jana Vecerkova EYIF

    Moderated by Cristian Dascalu ClujHub

  • 19.15 – 20.00 Speed Mentoring Session
  • 20.00 – 21.00 Mix & Mingle Cocktails

Eventbrite - Youth Innovation Week in Cluj-Napoca

Our 3rd stop is Nicosia, Cyprus where we will join the Cypriot Enterprise Link (CEL) with their event – hack{cyprus} hackathon, taking place between 26th and 28th June. The event was created with the aim of putting Cyprus on the technology map. This will be the 4th edition of the event and the 1st time the event will feature in the Youth Innovation Week.

Through this event CEL are promoting Cyprus as a European and Global startup hub and a location which produces world-class technologists. To display their talent, they will be hosting a 30+ hour hackathon with over 90 attendees who will be looking to show that they have what it takes to be the next global innovator.



  • 19.00 – 20.00 Registration
  • 20.00 – 20.30 Opening Ceremony
  • 20.30 – Hacking Begins ...


  • All-Day Work Continues


  • 18.00 – 18.30 Work Stops
  • 18.30 – 19.00 Product Demonstrations
  • 20.00 – 20.15 Award Ceremony
  • 20.15 – 22.00 Closing Party

Eventbrite - hack{cyprus} hackathons 2015

We make our 4th stop in Barcelona on 29th June where we will visit Valkiria Hub Space. Here we will address the key attributes for the internationalisation of the European startup ecosystem, focusing particularly on insights from the Silicon Valley.

We will be joined by special guest Fadi Bishara, Founder and CEO of Blackbox, a global accelerator from the Silicon Valley. Fadi has in-depth knowledge and experience related to building successful startups in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the world. For over 15 years, he has been successfully matching human capital and venture capital needs across the globe, guiding talented technology entrepreneurs in their path. As well as talking about his extensive experience in the US, Fadi will also be providing a live mentoring session for interested startups and entrepreneurs.



  • 18.00 – 18.30 Welcome & Registration
  • 18.30 – 19.00 Introduction to the Youth Innovation Week & Euromentors
  • 19.00 – 19.15 Keynote Address: ``Supporting Startups in Going Global: Blackbox Accelerate

    Fadi Bishara Blackbox

  • 19.15 – 19.45 Open Panel Discussion with Q&A: ``US vs. EU: What European Startups are Missing to Compete Globally``

    Fadi Bishara Blackbox
    Christopher Pommerening Active Venture Partners

    Moderated by
    Nicholas Zylberglajt EYIF

  • 19.45 – 20.15 Live Mentoring: Improve Your Prospects for Internationalisation

    Fadi Bishara Blackbox

  • 20.15 – 21.30 Mix & Mingle Cocktails

Eventbrite - Going Global: Insights from Silicon Valley

Come to this workshop to learn how your startup can utilise EU and other finance to grow and scale. We  will be focusing on how your startup can utilise EU grants of up to €2,5 million to scale-up. This will include a talk from an EU funding expert and Founder and President of EYIF, Kumardev Chatterjee on the best methods to effectively acquire and utlise finance from the SME instrument, whereby entrepreneurs and startups can apply for and get grants of between €50.000 and €2,5 million.

We will also be offering a live mentoring session for those of you looking to take your startup to the next level and scale internationally. Bring your idea to our panel of experts and mentors and they will provide you with instant feedback to improve your concept. For this portion of the event we will be joined by James Gardner, Director of Connect London, and Paul Staples, COO of Voyage Control.



Eventbrite - Internationalising UK Startups


This is event takes place in the context of Disrupt Europe year, a year in which EYIF is working to disrupt the way Europe thinks and supports startups. A Europe that puts digital first will be Europe that changes the game when it comes to innovation and leadership, boosting prosperity, and creating a Europe that works for its citizens and one that they can believe in. This is the Europe the European Young Innovators Forum are striving to build.