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February 12

Switzerland : Corporate & University Roles in Growing National Startup Ecosystems

Penny Schiffer - Swisscom (CH)
Lea von Bidder - Ava Science (CH)
Andrea Fossati - Parquery (CH)


In Session Five we consider the key role that corporations and universities play in pivoting Switzerland's traditional economy towards tech-based entrepreneurship. Based in Zürich, Penny Schiffer leads telecom operator Swisscom's engagement with startups as an investor, partner, customer and acquirer. Lea von Bidder, co-founder of Ava Science, a Swisscom Ventures portfolio company, will discuss the rapid growth of this fertility-tracking startup that works closely with the University of Zurich. Andrea Fossati presents Parquery, a technology spin-off from the Computer Vision Laboratory of ETH Zurich, and its entry into the global parking management marketplace. We are also pleased to host a special guest artist who will demonstrate one of Switzerland's most beloved alpine performance art traditions.

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February 26

Data Privacy : The European Union Invades Silicon Valley | GDPR

Sabrina Ross - (Formerly at) Uber | Apple (USA)
Leila Golchehreh - Adaptive Insights (USA)
Marcel van der Heijden - SpeedInvest (AT|DE|NL)


Session Six takes a hard pan-Europe look at how European Union regulations are reaching deep into the operations of Silicon Valley companies and startups, including enterprise software architecure, data storage and management policies, product development, overseas market entry, management of intellectual property and business strategy. The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to enter into force on May 25 2018, is driving major legal and technical compliance programs at all Valley firms that work with personal data of EU citizens and residents; companies that violate GDPR rules can incur severe penalties of up to 4% of worldwide turnover. Our speakers come from US and European corporates and startups that are currently undertaking comprehensive GDPR compliance efforts, or which are building new personal data and privacy management tool products for US and European enterprises. Two of our panelists have led GDPR compliance teams at major consumer and enterprise software firms (Uber, Apple, Adaptive Insights); SpeedInvest is an investor in Berlin-based GDPR compliance software startup Aircloak that is now entering the US market. The session will address how companies here are addressing the legal, technical and management challenges posed by GDPR; the benefits and costs of GDPR rules as perceived by Valley firms; and how European data privacy policies promote or hinder innovation.

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Partners 2018

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Mind The Bridge Foundation (MTB)

Time | Directions

Mondays 4:30 - 5:50 pm | Winter Quarter
Hewlett Teaching Center | Auditorium 201
Stanford University, Engineering Campus
370 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

Free On-Campus Parking from 4pm Onwards
Parking and On-Campus Directions

Schedule 2018 - Year Nine

January 8

Sweden & France : Autonomous Truck Startups
and State Venture Banks


Course Introduction & Logistics
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Robert Falck - Sweden

CEO & Founder

Einride
@EinrideOfficial || @Falck_Robert
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Paul-Francois Fournier - France

Chief Innovation Officer

Bpifrance
@BpiFranceInno || @Paul_F_Fournier
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Burton Lee - Silicon Valley

Lecturer - European Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Stanford Mechanical Engineering
@Europreneurs || @BurtonLee

January 22

Czechia & Slovakia : Venture Capital & Startup Ecosystems
in Central Europe


Session #2 Introduction & Logistics
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Andrej Kiska - Czech Republic

Partner

Credo Ventures
@CredoVentures || @KiskAndrej
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Barbara Pivnicka - USA

Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic

San Francisco Global Trade Council
@SlovakiaMFA
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Pavel Serbajlo - Slovakia

Co-Founder

M.dot
@PavelSerbajlo

January 29

Estonia : Urban Delivery Robot Startups & eGovt Innovation


Session #3 Introduction
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Ahti Heinla - Estonia

CEO & Co-Founder

Starship Technologies
@StarshipRobots || @AhtiH
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves - Silicon Valley

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Hoover Institution || President of Estonia (2006-2016)
@StanfordCISAC || @IlvesToomas
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Andrus Viirg - Estonia

Director

Enterprise Estonia - Silicon Valley
@e-Estonia || @AndrusViirg
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Rainer Sternfeld - Silicon Valley

Founder

PlanetOS (acquired by Intertrust)
@IntertrustTech || @RSternfeld

February 5

Slovenia & Turkey : Startup Accelerators and Ecosystems
in the Balkans and Southeast Europe


Session #4 Introduction
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Ana Lukner Roljič - Slovenia

Managing Director

ABC Accelerator
@abc_accelerator || @AnaLukner
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Juš Dobnikar - Slovenia

CEO & Co-Founder

ABC Business Academy
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Duygu Oktem Clark - Turkey

Business Development Leader

TTA Turkey | European Investment Fund
@T_T_G_V || @DuyguOktem
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Richard Pivnicka - USA

Honorary Consul General, Czech Republic

Band of Angels
@CzechStartups

February 12

Switzerland : Corporate and University Roles
in Growing Startup Ecosystems


Session #5 Introduction
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Penny Schiffer - Switzerland

Head of Startup Initiatives

Swisscom
@SwisscomStartUp || @PennySchiffer
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Lea von Bidder - Switzerland

President, Co-Founder & VP Marketing

Ava Science
@AvaWomen || @LeaVonBidder
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Andrea Fossati - Switzerland

CEO & Co-Founder

Parquery AG
@Parquery

February 26

Data Privacy : The European Union Invades Silicon Valley | GDPR


Session #6 Introduction
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Sabrina Ross - USA

Legal Director of Privacy and Consumer Protection (2014-2017)

Uber & Apple
@Uber || @Apple || @SabrinaRoss
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Leila Golchehreh - USA

Senior Corporate Counsel, Privacy & Compliance

Adaptive Insights
@AdaptiveInsights || @LeilaGolchehreh
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Marcel van der Heijden - Netherlands & Austria

Partner | VP Business Development

SpeedInvest | Aircloak
@SpeedInvest || @Aircloak || @Marcel_v_d_H

March 5

The State of European Tech


Session #7 Introduction
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Marco Marinucci - Italy

Founder & CEO

Mind The Bridge
@MindTheBridge || @MMarinucci
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Gené Teare - South Africa

Head of Content

Crunchbase
@Crunchbase || @geneteare

March 12

Albania & Germany : eCommerce Portals and Transportation Services Startups


Session #8 Introduction
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Pierre Gourdain - Munich

General Manager - US

FlixBus
@FlixBus || @Gourdain
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Mergim Cahani - Kosovo | Albania

Founder & CEO

Gjirafa
@GjirafaShqip || @MergimCahani
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Burton Lee - Silicon Valley

Lecturer - European Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Stanford Mechanical Engineering
@Europreneurs || @BurtonLee

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