Side event



Startup Budapest Forum organised by the Budapest Enterprise Agency at the Bálna Budapest Event Centre on 29 March 2017 at 10am.

Startup Budapest Forum is a professional business development forum which aims to present Budapest as a leading innovative enterprise centre in the region to national and international experts, startup developers, investors, and startups through professional presentations and an exchange of good practices.


Draft Programme

Patron of the event: Istvan Tarlós Mayor of the City of Budapest

Date: 29 March 2017, 10am – 14:30

Location: Bálna Budapest, 1093 Budapest, Fővám Square 11-12., 3rd floor


10:00 – 10:40  Presentations 

  • Welcome Speech by Dr Gábor Bagdy, Vice Mayor of Budapest
  • Presentation of Piroska Szalai, Budapest Enterprise Agency, Chair of the Board
  • Presentation of the representative of Tel-Aviv City (TBA) 
  • Uwe Kerkmann, president of Düsseldorf Economic Development Agency (TBC)


10:40 – 11:20 Roundtable Discussion

  • Mária Vass-Salazar, head of Science Diplomacy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Dr Marie-Theres Thiell, Chair of the Board, ELMŰ-ÉMÁSZ
  • Christian Klapka, Head of Commercial Development (SIN), Strategy Innovation, Vodafone GmbH
  • Marc de Bastos Eckstein, Executive Director, ThyssenKrupp Presta Hungary Ltd.


11:20 – 11:35 Coffee Break

11:35 – 13:30 Pitch Session: Presentations of the Winners of BEA 5th Be Smart Startup Competition

13:30 – 14:30 Snack Lunch, Networking


Lunch is sponsored by ThyssenKrupp Presta Hungary Ltd.