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11:00 11:20 (20 mins)

Keynote Sessions

Keynote: The story of a modern tech entrepreneur: From innovative idea to market disruption

11:20 12:00 (40 mins)

Keynote Sessions

Keynote Panel: Fostering the spirit of Innovation within organisations and how brands are embracing the ‘new entrepreneurship order’

  • How to engage millennials into the corporate culture
  • Open boardroom collaborations and bringing start-ups into the boardroom
  • The workplace of the future and how Start-ups can overtake corporates in the innovation race
  • Marc Curtis - Head of Labs, TMW Unlimited

12:00 12:10 (10 mins)

Pitch-Off Stage

Project Kairos pitch competition Opening

  • Dr. Nicolai Schättgen - CEO, Match-Maker Ventures

12:10 12:40 (30 mins)

Pitch-Off Stage

Blockchain & Fintech

12:40 13:10 (30 mins)

Pitch-Off Stage

AR/VR

13:10 13:40 (30 mins)

Pitch-Off Stage

Robotics

14:00 14:30 (30 mins)

Pitch-Off Stage

AI & Machine Learning

14:30 15:00 (30 mins)

Pitch-Off Stage

Automotive

  • Judge Ilona Simpson - CIO in Residence, Senior Advisor and Venture Partner, Ariadne Capital
  • Judge Sohaila Ouffata - Investment Principal, BMW iVentures

15:30 16:00 (30 mins)

Pitch-Off Stage

Smart Home

15:30 16:00 (30 mins)

Pitch-Off Stage

Cyber Security

16:00 16:30 (30 mins)

Pitch-Off Stage

Enterprise Innovation & Digital Transformation

12:00 12:20 (20 mins)

Start-up Academy

Shaping the world of 2050

  • Creating both social and technological innovation for the future generations
  • The disruptive changes the world is facing and where are we heading?
  • Fostering entrepreneurship on 7 continents and how it will shape the world where we live in?

12:20 12:40 (20 mins)

Start-up Academy

So you’ve got an idea. And what?!

  • Ideation testing and market research
  • Ready! Steady! Go! Or Where to start and how to give your idea a chance?
  • Where to seek advice and how to choose the right mentors
  • Marina Nicholas - Mentor, Virgin Startup

12:40 13:00 (20 mins)

Start-up Academy

The key milestones leading to a successful early stage start-up with a scale-up potential


  • From passing from the idea stage to gaining first investment round and all in between
  • Securing long-term investment and preparineg for a successful market launch
  • Creating the right company culture and working with the right people  

13:00 13:30 (30 mins)

Start-up Academy

Panel: Access to capital and how to finance an early stage start-up

  • Why is it important to think creatively not only for your product but also for your funding!
  • Justifying the Top 5 funding options – microloans, crowdfunding, angel, VC or individual investors.
  •  What to know and prepare before pitching for investment

14:00 14:20 (20 mins)

Start-up Academy

Why start-ups and investors prefer crowdfunding

  • When is the best time to approach an investor?
  • What do VCs are looking for in early to mid-stage start-ups?
  • How to negotiate and secure good deal for your business?
  • Chris Rea - Campaign Development Associate , Seedrs

14:20 14:40 (20 mins)

Start-up Academy

What does it take to capture the heart of a top VC investor?


  • When is the best time to approach an investor?
  • What do VCs are looking for in early to mid-stage start-ups?
  • How to negotiate and secure good deal for your business?
  • Damien Lane - Partner, Episode 1

14:40 15:20 (40 mins)

Start-up Academy

Panel: Why investing in your business skills and market knowledge is the backbone of your start-up?


  • Why the lack of business skills is one of the main issues for the failure of early stage start-ups
  • Running everything from concept development, investment to market launch and customer service
  • What changes when you expand to mature markets?
  • How big tech companies influence start-up culture

15:20 15:40 (20 mins)

Start-up Academy

Another success story or a start-up apocalypse?


  • When is the best time to approach an investor?
  • What do VCs are looking for in early to mid-stage start-ups?
  • How to negotiate and secure good deal for your business?