You are wondering why innovation startups have been heading to Brussels lately? The answer is that something ‘unconventional’ has been going on there. From 23-25 January, the Unconvention 2017 took place in the Belgian capital. Sponsored by innogy, this was the fifth event organised by the European Young Innovator Forum (EYIF).
The EYIF is an independent organisation set up by the European Commission to help lead the way in European digital entrepreneurship. The event aims to bring together young European innovators and “dream makers” such as policy makers, corporates, visionaries and investors.
"How European startups can grow globally"
This year, the convention focused on “how European startups can grow globally from Europe and how Europe can attract the best startups, talent and investment from across the globe.” Major themes running throughout the event were strangely similar to our innovation hub topics, including smart cities and whether robots will replace human jobs and living in a world of autonomous machines.
There was also a session on how women entrepreneurs are now rocking the innovation scene in Europe. This is something that we in the Innovation Hub also strongly believe in and show our support for with the forthcoming everywoman event.
During a panel discussion, innogy’s Thomas Birr talked about how a unified legislative approach across Europe will help the startups to scale cross border. Although it is usual to expect legal framework to lag behind the innovation, Birr espoused that