Science|Business Innovation Board
The Innovation Connection- The 2014 Science|Business Summit

The 2014 Science|Business Summit will bring together leaders from research, industry and policy to debate how to best unleash Europe’s technological potential.

The Summit will also recognise excellence in innovation by celebrating the achievements of visionary entrepreneurs, top universities, and corporate champions featured in the 6th Academic Enterprise Awards (ACES).

Venue: Technische Universität Berlin

Date: 7 October 2014

Preliminary programme

Morning session: How Europe can lead the world in innovation

  • Three vital concepts for fostering global champions
  • Overcoming the funding crisis - New ways to finance innovation
  • Meet the finalists - Innovators' elevator-pitches


Afternoon session: Challenging the status quo

  • Disruptive innovation - How can europe spark more of it?
  • Teaching innovation: A masterclass
  • Inside the world's most innovative companies - What makes them different?


  • Award ceremony
  • Networking cocktail

2030 Foresight series

6 October 2014: The first event in the series will take place in Berlin on the eve of the summit. Experts discuss major trends that will most affect Europe in 2030, driven by or having an impact on research and innovation in multiple sectors.

  • What are the most important megatrends for 2030 in technology, mobility, energy, demographics, geopolitics and other sectors?
  • How will key changes in these sectors impact the economy and society in 2030?
  • How can research and innovation policy support the needed transition?
Featured speakers

Frank Brown
Managing director and Chief operating officer,
General Atlantic

Gábor Bojár
Founder and Chairman

Tuula Teeri
President, Aalto University

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Laura Montagna
General manager,
SKF Engineering & Research Centre
Frank Salzgeber
Head of Technology Transfer Programme Office,
European Space Agency
Philippe de Fontaine Vive Curtaz
Vice-President for Innovation,
European Investment Bank
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Vladimir Sucha
Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Ramon A. Wyss
Vice President of
International Affairs,
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Peter Olesen
President, ActiFoods ApS;
Chairman, Danish Council for Strategic Research;
Governing Board, EIT
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Johan Einar Hustad
Pro-Rector for Innovation,
Peter B. Zemsky
Dean for Strategic
Initiatives and Innovation,
The ACES competition is now open
>Award Categories
  1. Life Science Award

  2. ICT Award

  3. Green Award

>To read the rules of participation, please click here
Nominate now
>You can nominate a company until 25 April 2014
Other award categories (tbd)
  • Innovation in advanced manufacturing

  • Innovation in chemicals

  • Innovation in new materials

  • Innovation in energy efficiency

  • Most innovative SME

  • Best woman entrepreneur

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