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Webcast: Can EU = Entrepreneurship Union? - 3 December 2012

It's a fact: ambitious entrepreneurs have a harder time in Europe than in some other parts of the world - but things are changing. In this conference, we look at some new, EU-supported approaches to entrepreneurship.

Join us to hear about the EU's new, €2.5 billion support programme for small companies, government procurement, university incubators and other new approaches to entrepreneurship in the works in Brussels.

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13:30 Welcome coffee and registration
14:00 Welcome by His Excellency Mr. Atle Leikvoll, Norway's Ambassador to the EU
14:05 Introduction by Richard L. Hudson, CEO & Editor, Science|Business and President, Science|Business Innovation Board

Framing the problem - and solutions:

  • Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director-General, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
  • Malcolm Harbour, MEP and Chairman of the Committee on Internal Markets and Consumer Protection, European Parliament
  • Daniela Couto, CEO, Cell2B; 2011 finalist in the Science|Business Innovation Board's ACES Awards
14:35 New approaches to stimulating entrepreneurship
  • Tuula Teeri, President, Aalto University
  • Soha Baz Hohnecker, Audience Marketing Manager, Microsoft
  • Tore Land, Director Ecomagination EMEA, GE
15:15 The case for EU action in support of innovation

Statement of the Science|Business Innovation Board

Presented by Edward Astle Pro Rector (Enterprise), Imperial College London

15:30 Networking coffee
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* Malcolm Harbour
Member of the European Parliament
* Antti Peltomäki
Deputy Directory-General, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
* Edward Astle
Pro Rector (Enterprise),
Imperial College London
* Daniela Couto
CEO, Cell2B
* Soha Baz Hohnecker
Audience Marketing Manager, Microsoft
Richard L. Hudson Richard L. Hudson
CEO & Editor, Science|Business

Tore Land
Director Ecomagination EMEA, GE

John Vassallo Atle Leikvoll
Norway's Ambassador to the EU
* Tuula Teeri
President, Aalto University
Topics for discussion
  • The new Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME)
  • The impact of public procurement on innovation
  • University entrepreneurship incubators
  • More venture capital and less red tape
  • Empowering youth with ICT skills
In cooperation with and hosted by

Mission of Norway to the EU

Mission of Norway to the EU
17 rue Archimède - 1000 Brussels


This event is organised by the Science|Business Innovation Board in cooperation with and hosted by the Mission of Norway to the EU.

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