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Invitation for accreditation to Vilnius Innovation Forum

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2013 11 19

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Media representatives are invited to register to the Vilnius Innovation Forum ‘Innovation Drift’ to take place on 4-6 December (Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, Konstitucijos ave. 20, Vilnius, Lithuania). The Media participation at the Forum is subject to accreditation. If you plan to attend, please fill out the accreditation form on the Forum’s website www.vif2013.com (REGISTRATION/MEDIA ACCREDITATION).

The first Vilnius Innovation Forum ‘Innovation Drift’ is organised by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania along with the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA). Sir Timothy John Berners−Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, who is coming to the Baltic States for the first time, will be among the keynote speakers in this international event. Insights on the role of innovation in Europe’s economy will be also shared by business and science innovation leaders from all over Europe.

The Forum is planned to convene 600 participants from different countries. Peter Boyd, an associate of Sir Richard Branson and Executive Director of Carbon War Room, a non-profit organisation, will start the session of the eco-innovations topic. Meanwhile, Allan Alaküla, Head of the Tallinn EU Office and one of the creators of the public transport system in the city, will share the experience in green innovation integration to the capital of Estonia.

One of the famous start-ups community leaders and founder of Berlin Startup Academy Christoph Räthke will introduce an intriguing topic of ‘When NOT to Found a Startup’. Cheryl D. Miller, who has a long-lasting experience in fostering women and youth entrepreneurship, together with active Lithuanian ladies engaged in innovation, science, technology and business, will seek to inspire the participants of the ‘Women Innovators’ session. 

The Forum will be also attended by Lithuanian and global business and science leaders, heads of the most innovative companies, public sector representatives and EU officials.

Innovation leaders and experts from Lithuania and other European countries will discuss EU competitiveness as well as the role of small and medium-sized business in creating an innovative Europe; also, they will share good practices and have a matchmaking possibility. Along with the discussions the science and technology exhibition will be organised; on the last day, Forum participants will be invited to visit the most innovative companies of Lithuania.

On 4 December, at 10.30, a press conference of the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania Evaldas Gustas, MITA director Arūnas Karlonas, and the keynote speaker of the Forum Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee will be held in the Skybar of Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva. The main topics of the Vilnius Innovation Forum will be introduced.


Additional Forum-related  iformation

The first Vilnius Innovation Forum ‘Innovation Drift will be held on 4-6 December, in Radisson BLU Lietuva hotel. The Forum programme includes a two-day conference, a networking event and a science and technology exhibition.

The main topics of Vilnius Innovation Forum ‘Innovation Drift’ include:
• European innovation policy and expectations from the new financial perspective HORIZON 2020,
• SMEs role in creating innovative Europe,
• Startups and entrepreneurship,
• Eco-innovations and green business models,
• Public and private partnership,
• Competitiveness of companies and development of clusters,
• Developing innovation eco-systems,
• Measuring innovation in small regions.

During the Forum, the launching event of the largest EU research and innovation programme HORIZON 2020 will be held with the budget of around EUR 80 billion. Under this programme, all innovation segments – from idea to the market – will be funded following 3 evaluation criteria, including high quality scientific research, competitive industry and benefits for the society.
The participation is free with advance registration required. The event is designed for business representatives.

The Vilnius Innovation Forum ‘Innovation Drift’ is one of the events of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Vilnius Innovation Forum ‘Innovation Drift’ is supported from the European Regional Development Fund.

More information is available at http://www.vif2013.com/