IBU Rector, Associate Professor Mersid Poturak represented International Burch University at the Start For Future Summit 2022 (SFF), which was held in Munich on 23 and 24 November.
International Burch University is an associate partner of the EUACCEL project entitled Start For Future (SFF). All consortium partners were invited to attend the SFF. The SFF is coordinated by the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) which is on the campus of Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS). SCE recently celebrated 20 years of existence as the MUAS entrepreneurship center. As such they are one of the longest standing university incubators and entrepreneurship centers in Europe and thus a great partner for International Burch University (Burch StartUp Incubator was established in April 2016).
European universities, industry partners, ecosystem leaders, innovators, investors, policymakers, and startup champions attended the SFF and made a personal contribution to the Summit outcomes.
During the SFF, the work of eight European innovation valleys (Munich, Osijek, Thessaloniki, Tuzla, Trento, Aveiro, Athens, and Varna) was presented to the participants. The eight European innovation leaders provided blueprints for valley collaboration and co-creation with their essential stakeholders.
Start for Future's first large-scale co-creative event demonstrated a sustainable, democratic, and scalable approach for future-focused and long-term collaboration.
Here are the Summit highlights:
Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlGaSlhwSlU
Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth was the keynote speaker and panelist.
Start for Future convened Europe's premier start-ups, industries, and policymakers to explore the impending trends and opportunities of regional European Innovation valleys, laying the groundwork for the new European Cooperative Society.
On the second day of the Summit, startups, deep tech valleys, and industry partners engaged in hands-on co-creation.
In particular, they collaborated with other stakeholders on innovation-related concerns. They worked together in Co-Creation Workshops and Individual Matchmaking Sessions.
The emphasis was placed on conversing with specialists on business innovations and corporate development techniques to transform the most pressing issues of our time into viable solutions and business models.
Start for Future announced the establishment of a new European Cooperative Society to unite varied innovation actors and bring to life the New European Innovation Agenda.
At the conclusion of the Summit, participants were asked to join the New Innovation Agenda and support the initiative.