Emergent Futures

14 - 15 September 2021


Brussels Square Convention Centre


Challenge | Experiment | Transition



The pandemic is not the only crisis we’re facing in 2020. Current megatrends demonstrate the urgent need for a transition to a fair and sustainable society. Now, more than ever, the world is looking to the innovation community for responses to existential challenges and new pathways towards wellbeing and global development.


How can entrepreneurial innovators and their support actors build back more resilient ecosystems, supporting the transition to a new digital, green and fair golden age? 


Hosted in partnership with the EU|BIC community this two-day hybrid summit will debate, re-imagine, and co-design the critical factors for delivering innovation impact. 

Building on the success of previous conferences, the EBN Congress will bring together corporate leaders, senior-level government officials, business incubation executives, and innovative experts. Inspired by engaging speakers we discuss our future pathways based around these agenda themes:

What and who are the key drivers of European innovation?

Do we have the right vision on what is critical?

How can innovation support resilience?

Do we know what we need, to act?


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14 September

14:00 - 14:15

Opening Ceremony

14:15 - 15:15 | Panel

“Global Challenges and Trends as Drivers for Regional Actions?”

15 September

08:45 - 09:00

Opening Day 2

09:00 - 09:30 | Keynote Speech

“Innovating business support in Europe to compete internationally”

09:30 - 10:30 | Panel

15:15 - 16:00

Break & Networking

“The Road to European Digital Leadership: cases in Cybersecurity, Agrofood and Digital Innovation (HPC, AI, etc)”

16:00 - 17:00 | Panel

Futures of incubation

10:30 - 11:15

Break & Networking

17:00 - 17:30 | Keynote Speech

“Industry-market perspective: What are the future partnerships that will influence innovation?”

11:15 - 12:30 | Panel

“Competitive European Space innovation and the need for non-space actors towards industry transformation”

17:30 - 18:30 | Brainstorming session

Challenging assumptions and designing our preferred futures of innovation

12:30 - 13:30


Lunch chats - Leadership in:

  • Agro-food 

  • Cybersecurity 

  • Digitalization

  • Space 

19:00 - 


13:30 - 14:30 | Panel

“Open Innovation: What to give and how to take in public-private collaboration?”

14:30 - 15:00

Break & Networking

15:00 - 16:00 | Panel

“Futures of Innovation - Co-design, co-create, inclusion, demand-driven innovation”

16:00 - 16:45

Break & Networking

16:45 - 17:30 | Panel

“Better Incubation: Linking Incubation Actors for Inclusive and Social Entrepreneurship”

17:45 - 18:00

Closing Ceremony





Situated on the imposing Mont des Arts with a broad vista over Brussels, the SQUARE sits in the historical and cultural heart of the city, very close to the centre of European government.



Mont des Arts – Kunstberg

1000 Brussels.   


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