Thursday, 29 June 2017
09h30-10h00 Registration and Welcome Breakfast
10h00-11h00 Opening Plenary
SMEs in the DSM: How Europe Can Help
Kaja Kallas, Member of the European Parliament (ALDE-Estonia); Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General of CNECT, and Thomas Myrup Kristensen, Managing Director EU Affairs at Facebook, and Eva Maydell, Member of the European Parliament (EPP-Bulgaria) (TBC) discuss the future of the digital single market – and the way Europe can help small- and medium-sized businesses and SMEs can help Europe.
Moderator: Frances Robinson, Journalist
The Future of Business Survey: Taking the Pulse in Fast-Changing Times
What issues do businesses find are holding them back? In this interactive session, top analysts from the Lisbon Council and Facebook discuss the *Future of Business Survey*, a unique four-partite collaboration to take the pulse of Europe’s fastest growing businesses – and translate them into actionable advice and new policy initiatives.
Paul Hofheinz, President and Co-founder, the Lisbon Council
Chaya Nayak, Public Policy Research Manager, Facebook
David Osimo, Head of Research, the Lisbon Council
11h45 – 11h55 Welcome from Ciaran Quilty Vice President SMB EMEA
12h00-13h00 Going Global: European SMB Exhibit and Lunch
Join the European SME Exhibit, featuring a host of small and medium sized businesses who have leveraged digital solutions used digital to grow and build their business, connect with customers, grow awareness of their brands and drive new sales. The focus of the exhibit is to celebrate real life business owners and entrepreneurs – providing a storytelling session to provide inspiration and tangible examples to the audience.
Top small- and medium-sized business representatives will be on hand to describe what they do, how they see the market changing and what digital means for them in this walking lunch.
13h00-13h45 Closing Plenary
At this highly interactive session, a leader of Europe’s bold bid to turn 28 sovereign states into a seamless common market of 510 million consumers will explain her vision of the digital single market. How can that market help Europe’s 23 million SMEs? And how can SMEs help build the digital single market? Three SME's from across Europe join this panel to offer their vision and experience to date.
- Irmfried Schwimann, Deputy Director-General, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission
- Catherine Gazzoli, Co-Founder, Piccolo Foods, Italy
- Patrick Kelly, Marketing Manager, Aran Sweater Market, Ireland
- Daniel Gorr, CMO, Holzconnection, Germany
15h00 Exhibit Close