Every day, leaders are making countless decisions and facing problems they’ve never encountered before. What worked yesterday can change overnight. The speed is relentless, the stakes are high, but the rewards are great for those who can lead a team to consistently achieve extraordinary results.
There are three main topics to be discussed on the Leaders Evolution panel:
⁃ Evolution. How to transform yourself and your business?
⁃ Location. What is Ukraine's advantage for international companies, startups, and investors?
⁃ Expansion. How to scale your business to global markets?
Phygital is a term that has become popular due to the pandemic, which has accelerated the incorporation of technology into all areas of human life. How technology changes consumer behavior and what business should do about it - this is what the Phygital customer session will be about. Experts will share the results of recent research on changes in consumer behavior under the influence of technology and present real cases of businesses that develop phygital-relationships with their clients.
What is the creative industry today? Isn't this concept outdated anyway? Can we say that creativity is a necessary component of any business today?
⁃ Investment in the creative industry today. Where does business investment come from today?
⁃ What has changed during the COVID period? How much did business suffer, how was a solution sought, what changes and how quickly did it need to be implemented?
⁃ Is a personal brand a consequence of a successful business or is a successful business a consequence of a properly built personal brand?
⁃ Trends you follow and trends you create. Here we would like to talk about whether or not copy-paste of your product can be considered trend following.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, online retailing and e-commerce of all kinds had become a disruptive force in the global economy, sweeping away everything in its path. Since the pandemic forced many to stay home, it became more of a requirement than an opportunity for retailers to move to e-commerce. Which innovations and new offline formats have the global networks introduced? How can you transport your business online, and is it even worth it? Using specific cases we will analyze the pros and cons and discuss new trends and challenges in retail.
Being a sustainable company today is not a mere trend. It is a necessity dictated by the current provisions of the Green Deal for Europe and the world. These provisions are justified by the purpose of human survival and will oblige all market participants – society, business, the state – to reconsider their impact on the environment and new criteria for a prosperous sustainable business.
Panel presentations and discussion will introduce you to:
• changes in production and resource use paradigms
• the impact of design on business through the creation of an environmentally neutral.
Where artificial intelligence, digital twins and augmented reality allow you to earn even more in the era of constant change. No, this isn’t the plot of some sci-fi show - this is a topical track on Industry 4.0, where the market leaders will share the results of implementing digital technologies used by enterprises to improve their efficiency and competitiveness in external markets.
– The value of analytics
– The current state of AI
– How can companies and organizations benefit from AI?
– Famous Ukrainian AI products
– Why Ukraine is a good place to develop AI solutions?
Today datacenters are the main units of computing. But increasing their performance, flexibility, and security comes with a cost - the CPU spends more time on managing the infrastructure.
NVIDIA has a solution to the datacenter scale problem. This presentation will show examples how our products reduce costs, increase security and scalability of modern datacenters and supercomputers.
For a few years already, we are all hearing how artificial intelligence is amazing and how it will deeply change our lives. As a matter of fact, data science is everywhere. But between us, do you think artificial intelligence really exists or is it just an invention of our hungry wishes?
What opportunities does AI open for business? Why AI startup requires more investments? What are the needs of AI startup? We'll try to address these questions in practical way using our Cardio.AI solution as an example.
Every year the amount of data in the world is growing at an astronomical rate. The amount of data produced in the last two years alone exceeds the amount of all data produced before that. During the panel, we will share specific cases to show how working with data and AI helps businesses grow, save money, and scale to new markets.
The past year was a challenge for everyone, a new reality has emerged. Companies that restructured their business processes and implemented new technologies were able to survive the lockdown. That is why we will dwell on the key challenges and trends in technology development and how they affect our lives today.
Grammarly, Gitlab, Reface, and many other unicorns are well known around the world. But what they have in common is that they all emerged in Ukraine. We will have a chance to hear first-hand success stories of the world-famous Ukrainian startups and see how they managed to take over international markets. The panel is about what we are proud of.
The world economy is overwhelmed with money, but there is not enough knowledge on how to earn them. How to get investors interested in financing your business? During the panel, the best international venture capitalists will share their experiences and investment strategies.
We haven't communicated with each other for a long time, and this is a great opportunity to recall what collaboration with Microsoft looks like. We will talk about Microsoft's approach to startups, share our startup and partner experiences, and our experts will dive deep into existing opportunities for your business.
European technology startups are attracting record investments, they have already had $41 billion invested in 2020. However, even the most promising startups often remain unnoticed by investors. During the pitching session, we'll review cases of technological startups and witness firsthand historic events. Perhaps there will be a future unicorn among these startups?
Scaling and entering new markets is one of the key points in business. Even global giants like Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft started as small businesses, but over time have evolved into global corporations. During the panel, speakers will share real-life cases of how small businesses can become big, and what it takes to achieve it.
Businesses around the world are attracting hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and investments, but the way to get there is not easy at all. During the panel, we'll learn how to attract funding from international institutions. Using specific examples together with entrepreneurs who have attracted up to $1,000,000 in grants for their business, we will show how to build your startup or business so that you can get grants and grow and scale your business faster.
In the modern world, brand legends have become more important than a competitive advantage. And the personal brands of leaders are the drivers of success for everyone without exception, from small start-ups to international giants and new industries. We will analyze global communication trends using the examples of successful local cases in order to pick up effective technologies, principles, and insights to apply.
How can you avoid dying if you like gluten? Is watching sports on TV enough to stay fit? Bigfarma for health and health for bigfarma. Can we trust ourselves without monitors or Homo Digitalis?
Safety Techniques for Behaving with a Human Body in the 21st Century.
"Big City Food"
Neobanks and fintechs breaking into banking have helped to stimulate banks to innovate, forcing them to be quicker on their feet. These challenges have been more creative, and brand- and mission-focused, with a particular attraction to the next generations of consumers.
Does legacy banking still have the muscle to regain lost ground fighting digital with digital, if it moves quickly or…
The year 2020 was an incredible challenge for the whole world, and, of course, startups were affected immensely. And one of the most dangerous impacts of the pandemic became an aggravation of inequalities.
According to the report “Funding in the CEE Region" by European Women in VC, of all the EU venture funding in 2020, only 1% went to women-led startups, while 5% went to mixed founding and 94% to all-male teams. At the same time, VC partners investing in the CEE region are predominantly men (93%), while women are heavily underrepresented, counting for only 7%. Yet, female-founded companies outperform by 96% compared to male founded companies when looking at the revenue to funding ratio.
Compared to the pre-Covid times, when funds raised by female-founded startups reached up to 2,2% of total capital invested into CEE Startups, the situation had immensely worsened.
At Baltic Sandbox, we believe that being crucially undervalued, female-founded startups need additional support to overwhelm the growing inequality and take their place in the sun. To change the gender diversity in CEE startups and venture capital, we are building a Women in Tech community, including educational programs for female-founded startups and female Business Angel leaders, empowering women to invest in Tech.
Female founders care more about the impact and sustainability of their products, and we see it as an opportunity to build a better world for all of us.
Big and small issues.
Are cyber threats and their impact on large companies and small businesses different? Real cases.
What to do if your company has a data leak?
Real-life examples can show how to react to data loss legally and what to do if a leak occurred. We will also discuss what actions can be taken today to reduce the negative consequences of data breaches that may arise in the future.
1. Intro: Cybersecurity as an entrance ticket to global markets. Standards and requirements of international companies that Ukrainian business needs to know about.
2. How, when and why Ukrainian business needs to think about cybersecurity (cases of current companies from accelerator).
3. Cybersecurity and investment opportunities - why the global trend of investing in the industry can be beneficial for Ukrainian companies.
How to be protected against hackers?
Realistic cases of cyber attacks and effective protection scenarios against cyber threats.
Business impactful OSINT for data empowered decisions.
Value of OSINT for mitigating reputation all risks, HR, corporate security and counterparties.
For many people the Ukrainian industry of eSports is terra incognita: it exists, but only few know how big and powerful it is. For example, the organizer of the most outstanding events is a Ukrainian company, 3 out of 4 analytics studios in the post-Soviet space are Ukrainian companies, one of the strongest CS:GO teams in the world is Ukrainian. The world press constantly writes about all of them. And in general - it is an industry that employs 10,000 people in Ukraine alone, and has an audience of over 1 million people. We will tell you more about who they are.
- Investments in the USA and Ukrainian stock markets.
- Types of investment instruments and asset selection criteria.
- Rules of work in the market, which help to reduce risks.
- Structure of diversified portfolio.
- Widespread mistakes of beginner investors and solutions for them.
If you already build a cool idea and develop your business, but you need support and don’t know how to scale, we're inviting you to Microsoft session where we will learn how Microsoft startup program works, how to educate your employees and help them to get new skills free of charge and how finally to scale your business.
- A startup story from Central and Eastern Europe
- ISV path with Microsoft
- Upskill your employees and serve better your customers
The possibility of financing Ukrainian startups in Poland and EU
Terms of participation in the Connect Poland Prize
Stages of project implementation
Method of application to the project