EBN Congress.

2021 Emergent Futures

Challenge | Experiment  

14-15 September 2021


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The Conference

14-15 September 2021

Two Days of Powerful Dialogue

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 and our sponsors, 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 2021 EBN Congress brings together corporate leaders, senior-level government officials, business incubation executives, and innovation experts.

Inspired by engaging speakers we discuss and co-create future pathways based around these steering questions:

  • 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?


About EBN

What is EBN?


EBN is a not-for-profit that serves a pan-European, global community of people that use innovative business as a driver for regional (economic, social, and sustainable) development.

EBN’s initiatives include EU|BIC certification, development and distribution of quality business support programmes, facilitation and initiation of project collaborations, global networking and advocacy for excellent business support actors like the EU|BICs. There are now more than 130 quality-certified EU|BICs and 40+ Associate Members in over 30+ countries shaping our global EBN network.


Becoming an EU|BIC means responding to our mission to use business and innovation as a force for regional development with the best possible actions to create thriving startups and SMEs. In other words, EU|BICs take real steps to ensure that their services are best advantageous to their clients and best advantageous to their regions.











Proud to drive inspirational discussions on key challenges to innovation and new pathways towards greater wellbeing and global sustainable economic development. 

Inspired by engaging speakers we discuss our future pathways based around these agenda themes:

  • Futures of Innovation

  • Green, Digital and Fair transition

  • Scaling European Innovation


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?

Why sponsor?

Shaping the future innovators
  • Meet a curated audience of innovation leaders and expand your global network of practitioners, experts, decision-makers and future innovators

  • Gain exclusive access to shared-learning insights and discover how your organisation fits best in Europe's largest innovation incubation network 

  • Hear from thought leaders from across the world, engage in debates, share ideas and co-design futures for innovation support

  • Help set the agenda for how the innovation incubation sector may be transformed by this period of crisis

What makes it unique
Two Days of Powerful Dialogue

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E: Bram Pauwels

Strategic Communication & Partnership Manager 

T: +32 (0)2 772 8900