Innovation in Uncertain Times. EBN congress 2023. Responding to new challenges, seeking lasting solutions


Event date
June 14-15, 2023
Czech Republic
Short description

The 2023 EBN Congress will explore how the innovation community should approach uncertainty as an opportunity. How to tackle it, what solutions to seek, and how to make decisions in the face of instability? How can the European innovation community act under uncertainty in an agile and effective way? How can we support innovation to create solutions to instability?


Powered by the EU|BIC community and co-hosted by EU|BIC JIC, the 2023 EBN Congress will gather innovation experts, business incubation executives, corporate leaders, and senior-level government officials in Brno, Czechia.
Together, #EBN2023 will find solutions, envision futures, and foster international collaborations for stability, prosperity, and well-being through
The urgency for innovation is rising. The uncertainty of our times, caused by back-to-back global crises and existential challenges, must be tackled through innovation. The development of new technologies, business models, and tools is required at a pace never seen before. The innovation community needs to adapt its business, innovation practices (IR&D), structures, and talents to face incoming challenges, new markets, and society’s needs.
New methodologies are needed. More than ever, tailoring your organisation to specific focuses became a prerequisite in innovation, from digitalisation and systemic design to sustainability. Innovation is the beginning of new possibilities and can be a solution to crises.

Reasons to participate

  • Meet future partners - develop a global network of innovation leaders, experts, and decision-makers
  • Debate, co-learn, and design strategies to navigate your business through the instability of our times
  • Develop new strategies, business models, and collaborations – mitigate risks and re-position your company
  • Create opportunities - repurpose knowledge, resources, practices, and technologies to face adversity
  • Tap into a cultivated and curated network of business support actors and business multipliers

Leading questions:

  • How do you incorporate new tools and develop partnerships to your business support and your clients’ activities to meet sustainability & digitisation goals, and a higher quality of living?
  • How should innovation deal with uncertainty while tackling the complex problems we face nowadays?
  • How to increase the capacity for rapid innovation and response to new challenges—every day, not just in a crisis. How, where, and what existing knowledge, resources and technology can we repurpose? What skills are necessary to stimulate rapid innovation?
  • Transversal themes:

    • Green Economy & sustainability
    • Digital Transformation
    • Cultural and Creative Industries
    • Space
    • Cybersecurity

Thematic Blocks

Orchestrating regional innovation ecosystems

  • Building lasting partnerships for malleable, reactive, and responsive ecosystems
  • Systemic design and frameworks for tackling local-global challenges

Business support innovation

  • The best actions possible for business support organisations to make sure their clients have scalable success?
  • Latest trends and best-practices in supporting innovative business
  • The best actions possible for business support organisations to make sure their clients have scalable success?

Access to finance

  • Innovative funding methods for the full life cycle of an innovative company
  • Building networks of local and external investors (BA networks, VCs, and regional, national, and EU funding, for example)

Build to scale

  • Actions that foster EU|BIC clients to have scalable (international) success from the start
  • Best tool and methodologies for supporting organisations to scale sustainably


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What to expect?

  • Direct access to 106 quality certified Business and Innovation Centres (EU|BICs) in 35+ countries worldwide
  • Access to 36,000+ entrepreneurial innovators (startups and scale-ups) working on Europe’s most challenging issues, operating in areas ranging from Digital Innovation, Sustainability, to Agri-food, Industry 4.0, Advanced Materials, and New Space
  • Brokerage networking with business support executives working with Europe’s future highly-skilled talents, among others active in European Digital Innovation Hubs, ESA Business Innovation Centres and leading university entrepreneurship centre

Why sponsor? Shaping future innovators

  • Meet a curated audience of public and private innovation leaders and expand your global network of decision-makers and future innovators
  • Gain exclusive access and discover how your organisation can best connect with Europe's largest innovation incubation network
  • Hear from thought leaders from across the world, engage in debates, share your ideas and co-design futures for innovation support
  • Help set the agenda for how the innovation and business support sector may be transformed by this period of crisis

EBN is a not-for-profit organization that serves a pan-European, global community of people using innovative business as a driver for regional (economic, sustainable, and social) development.
EBN’s initiatives include EU|BIC certification, development and distribution of quality business support programmes, facilitation and initiation of project collaborations, global networking, and advocacy for excellent business support actors like the EU|BICs. There are now more than 106 quality-certified EU|BICs and 40+ Associate Members in over 35 countries shaping the global EU|BIC community.

The EU|BIC community responds to the mission to use business and innovation as a force for regional development with the best possible actions to create thriving startups and SMEs. In other words, EU|BICs take real steps to ensure that their services are the most advantageous to their clients and support greater wellbeing in their regions.

Geographical focus
  • Europe
  • International; Other
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General
Event type
  • Conference in EU/international

Entry created by Elke Dall on November 30, 2022
Modified on November 30, 2022

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