Central European Business Forum
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|Date:||Thursday 10 August 2017|
|Venue:||International Chamber House, Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne -->|
Linking Victoria and Central and eastern Europe through innovation
Have you ever seen a Suggestometer? Do you know what Radium is used for? Have you ever heard of the Biro pen or Prezi? These are all innovations coming from Central and Eastern Europe. And today, small and medium sized businesses are more innovation driven than ever.
This year, the Central European business Forum focuses on using innovation as an avenue to connect Victorian SMEs to businesses, markets and other opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe. If you are interested and want to learn more, joining the Central European Business Forum is the right thing for you.
Our event brings you opportunities to network, learn interesting information about Central and Eastern European markets and link with internationalisation experts and advisors.
Our exciting program features:
- Pre-event future thinking workshop (optional) – to open your mind to future opportunities
- Expert talk – to inform you about key trends and innovations in Central and Eastern European markets
- Panel discussion by country experts – to provide you insight and answer your questions
- Business lounge (with light refreshments) – to meet and discuss business ideas with like-minded business people
- Business showcase – exhibition of innovation by companies doing business with Central and Eastern European markets.
Pre-event workshop (limited places available, please register early)
4pm - 5pm: 'Opening your thinking to future opportunities' by Dr Joseph Voros
About the pre-event workshop
Introduction to Futures Thinking: How to bring foresight into your strategic thinking, planning & action
‘Futures Thinking’ and ‘Foresight’ have been gaining in visibility over the last decade or two, and are now increasingly being used in the direction-setting work of corporate, government and not-for-profit sector organisations. But what is Futures Thinking, and how can it and Foresight be utilised in strategic planning, policy development and leadership?
This interactive business forum will explore the foundational ideas of ‘futures thinking’ that underpin the practice of ‘Strategic Foresight’ – the use of futures thinking and foresight methods in organisationally-useful ways. You’ll explore and discover:
- Key ideas and concepts for thinking seriously about the future
- Mental models to help cut through the ‘noise’ and find important signals of change
- How much of ‘the future’ is present in your day-to-day strategic activities
- How broadly and deeply your organisation thinks about the future
- How leaders and their organisations can face uncertain futures
Facilitator: Dr Aron Perenyi, Lecturer, Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology
|5.00pm||Arrival, meet and greet|
|5.30pm||Welcome and opening of the Smart Hungary Exhibition:
Mr Péter Bakonyi and Ms Rita Vágó, Hungarian Consulate in Melbourne
Ms Janine Shearer, Director, Collaboration & Partnership, Swinburne University of Technology
Mr Kevin Magee, Assistant Secretary, Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
|6.00pm||AUSTRADE presentations: ‘Innovation in the Australian context’ – Government initiatives to foster innovation, Mr Tim Carroll, State Director Victoria and Tasmania|
|6.20pm||Panel discussion: ‘What is the innovative advantage of CEE markets and how to build on it?’
Moderator: Professor Bruce Wilson, Director, RMIT EU Centre
Discussants: representatives from key markets in CEE (featuring discussants from Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia)
|7.00pm||Closing speech: the Hon Frank McGuire, Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation|
|7.10pm||Concluding remarks: Dr Aron Perenyi, Swinburne University of Technology|
|7.15pm||Business Networking: refreshments and drinks provided|
Swinburne and the Hungarian Consulate Melbourne proudly presents this event in partnership with the Small Business Victoria Festival.
Contact Information: Dr Aron Perenyi
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +61 3 9214 8078
Previous years' events
2016 was the third year we have run the Central European Business Forum.
Not sure what to expect? See our 2015 event.
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- Read a media release about the 2015 event
- Read a summary of the 2015 event
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- Swinburne University of Technology
- Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), Victorian Government
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- Peak Equities
- State Government of Victoria
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