Explore digital Innovations, startups and financing disruptive technologies at the ICT2018 event in Vienna.

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Digital Innovations and disruptive technologies are transforming societies and our daily lives. Join us for a two-day Innovation and Startups Forum at ICT2018. This special innovation forum will host workshops, innovation exhibits and a Marketplace, to explore, collaborate and dialogue on developing and using disruptive technologies for economic and social development.

Check the full agenda on 5 and 6 December 2018.

Registration is mandatory

Leaders from startups, scaleups, governments, venture capital firms and international financial institutions will share best practices and discuss opportunities for collaboration fostering digital transformation.  

Innovation and Startups Forum at ICT 2018

The ICT 2018 is the European Commission’s flagship research, innovation and digitalisation event focused on EU priorities and programmes for the digital transformation of society, economy and industry.

In the event’s ‘Innovation and Startups Forum, an audience of 300 people will learn and exchange about the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation for Europe. The forum will showcase cutting-edge innovations from across Europe and bring together start-ups, innovators, policy makers, governments and investors for policy dialogues, workshops and collaboration. 

The Innovation Radar Prize 2018

The Innovation Radar (IR) is a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation projects. Using the radar, 50 of the best EU-funded innovators have been identified to compete with their EU-funded innovation for the Innovation Radar Prize 2018.

Financing Disruptive Innovations

Disruptive Technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain or IoT stand at the forefront of the next generation of innovations. They are critical for fostering competitiveness, promoting economic growth and addressing societal challenges. The second global wave of innovations and economic growth will be enabled by integrating these disruptive innovations into traditional industries.  Investments into highly innovative and research-intensive SMEs and start-ups are critical for fostering innovation to help improve productivity levels and help Europe’s business and citizens reap the benefits digital transformation promises.  Evidence shows that there is an important investment gap in disruptive technologies in Europe as compared with our main competitors. The session will address both the opportunities and challenges of promoting highly-innovative, research intensive SMEs and start-ups that focus on disruptive technologies.

The Innovation and Startups Village

In addition to the Innovation Forum, consider the Innovation and Startups Village. This exhibition is a major focus for the innovation ecosystem at ICT 2018. It brings together multiple key institutional actors such as the World Bank, the EIT, EIC and Startup Europe as well as highly innovative, award-winning market-facing companies and teams.