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January 8

Sweden & France : Autonomous Freight Startups and State Venture Banks

Robert Falck - Einride (SE)
Paul-Francois Fournier - Bpifrance (FR)

Session One of Stanford's 'European Entrepreneurship' 2018 speaker series features transport startup and venture finance leaders from Sweden and France. Einride is Sweden's leading startup in the autonomous freight transportation sector; their 'T-pod' system is the first transport vehicle designed and developed for self-driving electric propulsion. A former Volvo executive based out of Gothenburg, CEO and Founder Robert Falck is a global thought leader in re-imagining the worldwide trucking and logistics industry. Paul-Francois Fourner will present a brief overview of Bpifrance's key role in the growing French debt and equity startup finance ecosystem. The discussion will touch upon the current state of Europe's autonomous vehicle and venture finance sectors, as well as the status of Sweden's and France's startup communities.

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January 22

Venture Capital and Startup Ecosystems in Central and Eastern Europe

Andrej Kiska - Credo Ventures (CZ)
Barbara Pivnicka - Honorary Consul (SK)
Pavel Serbajlo - Co-Founder, (SK)

In Session Two we shift our focus to Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and specifically to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Headquartered in Prague, our lead speaker Andrej Kiska represents one of the leading venture capital firms in the region, with broad investment experience across CEE. The discussion will detail current deal flow and exit trends in CEE, recent portfolio investments at Credo, and a look at the state of the startup ecosystem across the Visegrad countries, including Slovakia, Poland and Hungary.

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Sponsors 2018

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Center for Design Research (CDR)

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
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Schedule 2018 - Year Nine

January 8

Sweden & France : Autonomous Freight Startups
and State Venture Banks

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Robert Falck - Sweden

CEO & Founder

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

Chief Innovation Officer

@BpiFranceInno || @Paul_F_Fournier

January 22

Venture Capital and Startup Ecosystems in Central & Eastern Europe

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Andrej Kiska - Czech Republic


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

Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic

San Francisco Global Trade Council
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Pavel Serbajlo - Slovakia


January 29

The Baltics : Small Autonomous Robotics for Urban Environments

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Ahti Heinla - Estonia

CEO & Co-Founder

Starship Technologies
@StarshipRobots || @AhtiH
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves - Estonia

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Hoover Institution
@StanfordCISAC || @IlvesToomas

February 5

Startup Accelerators and Ecosystems in the Balkans

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Ana Lukner - Slovenia

Managing Director

ABC Accelerator
@abc_accelerator || @AnaLukner

February 12

Growing Startup Ecosystems in Switzerland

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Penny Schiffer - Switzerland

Head of Startup Initiatives

@SwisscomStartUp || @PennySchiffer
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Speaker To Be Announced

February 26

Innovation in European Transportation Platforms
and Business Models

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André Schwämmlein - Munich (Invited)

Founder & Managing Director


March 5

The State of European Tech

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Tom Wehmeier - UK (Invited)


@Atomico || @TWehmeier

March 12

Culture Transformation in European Corporations

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Håkan Samuelsson - Sweden (Invited)

President & CEO

Volvo Car Group
@VolvoGroup || @Hakan_Samuel
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Burton Lee - Silicon Valley

Lecturer - European Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Stanford Mechanical Engineering
@Europreneurs || @BurtonLee

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