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Start-up Nations - Innovative Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

2 November 2016

Room VII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

In September 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, an ambitious clarion call that commits the countries of the world to achieve economic prosperity while protecting our planet and without leaving anyone behind. 

The 2030 Agenda recognizes the enormous opportunities which innovation offers for achieving its goals. It also recognizes the business community’s central role in driving innovation for sustainable development and indeed calls for a renewed partnership between governments and the business community. Every day, all over the world, ambitious, creative entrepreneurs are starting companies with the potential to make a difference to sustainable development, to have a positive impact on prosperity, people and our planet in areas as diverse as agriculture, energy, environment, or health, to name but a few. But much more needs to be done, and much more can be done. The conference will bring together innovators from the private and the public sector from throughout the UNECE region to celebrate the power of disruptive innovation in aligning economic growth with ecological sustainability and social inclusion. It will also discuss how we can get (even) better at it.

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Keynote Speech - Entrepreneurship and Innovation: The Case of Israel
Eugene Kandel, CEO of Startup Nation Central and former Chairman of the National Economic Council, Israelpdf
Session 1: Start up Stories – Innovation for Impact
Cecile Blilious, Managing Partner, ImpactFirst, Israelpdf
David Butler, Founder, Startup Grind Zurich, Switzerlandpdf
Tinatin Gholadze, CEO of gotourify, Georgiapdf
Karin Mayer Rubinstein, CEO, Israel Advanced Technology Industriespdf
Igor Ovcharenko, Regional Manager for CEE and MENA, Seedstars Worldpdf
Session 2: The role of large companies in start-up eco-systems
Sophie Blum, Vice-President Marketing Europe and IMEA, Founder of P&G Israel House of Innovation, and former Israel CEO, Procter & Gamblepdf
Session 3: The changing role of the public sector – From framework setting to defining challenges to co-creation
Dan Gregory, Head of Policy, Social Enterprise UK, United Kingdompdf
Jukka Häyrynen, Executive Director, Start-Ups, TEKES-The Finnish Innovation Agency, Finlandpdf
Sharon Kedmi, Managing Director Israel, ALSTOM, and Special Envoy on Economic Development, Peres Center for Peace, Israelpdf
Sigrid Rajalo, Head, Innovation Division, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Communication, Estoniapdf
Marie Wall, Deputy Director Startups, Ministry of Enterprise, Swedenpdf
Name and BiographyTitle
Eugene KandelCEO of Startup Nation Central and former Chairman of the National Economic Council, Israel
Igor OvcharenkoRegional Manager for CEE and MENA, Seedstars World
Karin Mayer RubinsteinCEO, Israel Advanced Technology Industries
Cecile BliliousManaging Partner, ImpactFirst, Israel
Tinatin GholadzeGlobal Entrepreneurship Network Georgia Regional Executive and CEO of gotourify, Georgia
David ButlerFounder, Startup Grind Zurich, Switzerland
Sophie BlumVice President Europe Marketing, Founder of P&G Israel house of Innovation, and former Israel CEO, Procter & Gamble
Elisabeth KoganInnovation Lead, TEVA Israel
Jukka HäyrynenExecutive Director, Start-Ups, TEKES-The Finnish Innovation Agency, Finland
Sharon KedmiManaging Director Israel, ALSTOM, and Special Envoy on Economic Development, Peres Center for Peace, Israel
Sigrid RajaloHead, Innovation Division, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Communication, Estonia
Marie WallDeputy Director Startups, Ministry of Enterprise, Sweden
Dan GregoryHead of Policy, Social Enterprise UK, United Kingdom