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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, Israel

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Session 1: Start up Stories – Innovation for Impact

Cecile Blilious, Managing Partner, ImpactFirst, Israel

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David Butler, Founder, Startup Grind Zurich, Switzerland

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Tinatin Gholadze, CEO of gotourify, Georgia

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Karin Mayer Rubinstein, CEO, Israel Advanced Technology Industries

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Igor Ovcharenko, Regional Manager for CEE and MENA, Seedstars World

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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 & Gamble

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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 Kingdom

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Jukka Häyrynen, Executive Director, Start-Ups, TEKES-The Finnish Innovation Agency, Finland

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Sharon Kedmi, Managing Director Israel, ALSTOM, and Special Envoy on Economic Development, Peres Center for Peace, Israel

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Sigrid Rajalo, Head, Innovation Division, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Communication, Estonia

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Marie Wall, Deputy Director Startups, Ministry of Enterprise, Sweden

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Name and Biography

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Eugene Kandel

CEO of Startup Nation Central and former Chairman of the National Economic Council, Israel

Igor Ovcharenko

Regional Manager for CEE and MENA, Seedstars World

Karin Mayer Rubinstein

CEO, Israel Advanced Technology Industries

Cecile Blilious

Managing Partner, ImpactFirst, Israel

Tinatin Gholadze

Global Entrepreneurship Network Georgia Regional Executive and CEO of gotourify, Georgia

David Butler

Founder, Startup Grind Zurich, Switzerland

Sophie Blum

Vice President Europe Marketing, Founder of P&G Israel house of Innovation, and former Israel CEO, Procter & Gamble

Elisabeth Kogan

Innovation Lead, TEVA Israel

Jukka Häyrynen

Executive Director, Start-Ups, TEKES-The Finnish Innovation Agency, Finland

Sharon Kedmi

Managing Director Israel, ALSTOM, and Special Envoy on Economic Development, Peres Center for Peace, Israel

Sigrid Rajalo

Head, Innovation Division, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Communication, Estonia

Marie Wall

Deputy Director Startups, Ministry of Enterprise, Sweden

Dan Gregory

Head of Policy, Social Enterprise UK, United Kingdom