DAY 1 - 1st Dec
DAY 2 - 2nd Dec
DAY 3 - 3rd Dec

All times are indicated in CET. For more narrative on the programme, check our latest news!

9:35 - 9:45 - What happened and what's next

Recap of day 2 and preview of day 3

9:45 - 10:30 -  Business incubation: what has changed and where are we heading?

Business incubation doesn’t look like it used to. Innovation hubs around the world have been at the forefront of the revolution in how we nurture startups and entrepreneurs, becoming more personalised, flexible and versatile to help them grow a business. Discover how they work with industry, universities and the wider entrepreneurial community both locally and internationally, and what the future might hold!

Moderator: Albert Wong (Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation, China)

with Martin Goroško (TEHNOPOL Tallinn Science Park, Estonia), Guannan Zhu (Caohejing Hi-Tech Park, China) and Tobias Kirschnick (Berlin Adlershof, Germany

10:35 - 11:05 - Tech firms and finance: accelerating their growth

Meet Joshua Novick, a technology entrepreneur who founded and grew Antevenio, from a “garage” start-up to a multinational quoted on the Paris Euronext Stock Exchange. After exiting his shareholding position in the company he now focuses on mergers and acquisitions in the technology and media sectors, advising companies on key elements such as earn outs, non-compete clauses, exclusivity and more.

Join the ‘Expert Insights’ session to hear his story and main takeaways in conversation with Salvatore Majorana, Director of Kilometro Rosso (Italy).

11:05 - 11:45 - Eyes on the market: Company stories worldwide

Meet the companies that we are all working to support! Jernej Pintar, CEO of Technology Park Ljubljana (Slovenia) and chief community builder of tech companies leads this high-powered, trend-setting and futuristic session, featuring:

  • Wootzano, Atif Syed (UK) – a robotics company. Their blockbuster is making artificial skin for robots, thus enabling them to have 'a human touch' to work with delicate tasks like picking vegetables and fruits.

  • TinyEye, Greg Sutton (Canada) – Education SAAS for speech-impeded kids. Their blockubuster is an online video+audio platform that includes specialized therapeutic tools.

  • Wastehero, Hussam Mansour (Denmark) – waste management company. Their blockbuster is the IOT system of when the garbage cans need to be emptied (not too late/soon), which improves costs up to 71% annually.

  • Turtle Shell, Mudit Dandwate (India) – eHealth company. Their blockbluster is a contactless device under a mattress that tracks heartbeat, respiration, sleep, stress, cardiac contractions… to be used in homes, hospitals, carehomes, etc. Remote patient monitoring.

11:55 - 12:40 - Big & small: company collaboration

Big corporates and tiny startups can both benefit hugely from working together: join us to explore how innovation ecosystem managers can bring the right partners together, help them overcome challenges to form productive working relationships, and make sure they both gain from the collaboration.

Moderator: Faruk Inaltekin (BILKENT CYBERPARK, Turkey)

with Björn Westling (Johanneberg Science Park, Sweden), Aline Figlioli (University of Brighton, UK) and Robert Alderson (Berggren Oy, Finland)


12:40 - 13:10 - Attracting high-tech companies in uncertain times

For many STPs and AOIs, the pandemic has led to changed markets for attracting companies. René Buck (BCI Global, The Netherlands)  will present a roadmap for innovation ecosystems to improve their value proposition, stay competitive and leverage their region’s assets in a session moderated by Lourdes Cruz (Málaga TechPark; Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía, Spain).

13:10 - 13:55- Technology transfer conversation

Join us for insights from the Competence Centre on Technology Transfer (JRC) of the European Commission, the recognised reference point for expertise on technology transfer for the European Union.

Chair Alessandro Fazio will be in conversation with Hans Boumans, Gianluca Carenzo and Carlos Blanco, as they explore this crucial activity for science parks and areas of innovation that helps research become market-ready products and viable businesses. 

11:55 - 12:40 - Partnerships to drive innovation

From challenge-based innovation finding solutions to urban problems, to interconnected incubators and community integration, to exchanging research and experiences with each other worldwide: explore how collaborative working and partnerships drive innovation.

Moderator: Josep Piqué (La Salle Technova Barcelona, Spain)

with Paul Jansen (Innovation Area Development Partnership-IADP, The Netherlands), Zhou Teng (ZGC Software Park, China) and Anita Tregner (Meta Group, Italy

12:40 - 13:10 - What is sustainability anyway?

Join David Goodman and Concepción Galdón for a conversation about what sustainability means and how to apply it in your organisations. With David’s background in architecture he’ll share examples of sustainable creations, linking also to opportunities for innovation communities and ideas for using our spaces. The session is moderated by Concepción Galdón who is Social Innovation Director and Academic Lead at IE University.

13:10 - 13:55 - PANEL: Sustainability and the role of innovation ecosystems

Sustainability is all about the future, whether that is the future of the planet, of individuals or of organisations. It encompasses collaboration to ensure a cleaner future, ongoing support for entrepreneurs and lifelong learning, as well as the green economy and specific sectors like forestry Join us to learn more about the role STPs and innovation ecosystems can play and are already playing in the sustainability agenda.​

Moderator: Malin Rogström (Sandbacka Science Park, Sweden)

with Harri Palviainen (Business Joensuu, Finland) and Daan Wortel (Duurzaamheidsfabriek Fieldlab Smart Industry, The Netherlands)  

14:30 - 15:15 - IASP General Assembly

Access restricted to IASP members only

15:20 - 15:30 - Quickfire interview: Inspiring Solutions previous winners

In this double interview you will meet David Pitschmann David Pitschmann (Lakeside Science & Technology Park, Austria) and Paulius Nezabitauskas (Kaunas Science and Technology Park, Lithuania), the first place winners of our Inspiring Solutions awards from 2019 and 2018 respectively! Get to know more about them, their cities and their winning solutions and stay tuned to find out who this year’s winners will be!

15:30 - 16:00 - IASP Inspiring Solutions Award cermony

The moment we’ve all been waiting for! You’ve learned about the innovative best practice they submitted from all around the world, you’ve watched their videos, maybe talked to them, and you’ve voted for your favourite. Now it’s time to find out who the top 3 Inspiring Solutions are, cast your LIVE vote to select the overall winner, and to celebrate with them!

16:20 - 16:40 - A look ahead: developing a positive leadership mindset

Nick van Dam (IE University, Spain)  


The demands on today’s leaders are becoming ever more complex. From dealing with pandemics, motivating and leading virtual teams, developing business scenario’s and making decision based on limited available information. Leaders need to be confident and realistic about the challenges they face and the attributes they need. Positive psychology has proved to lead to more balanced emotions, making leaders more effective at solving problems, more perseverant in the face of challenges and more likely to succeed. In this session, Nick will discuss a number of positive leadership practices that you can immediately put at work. You will learn how to embrace a positive leadership mindset.

16:45 - 17:15 - Networking time

After 3 days of knowledge sharing, join us for a last face-to-face networking moment on Gatherly to greet friends from around the world and discuss what we’ve learned before we head to the closing of this year’s virtual and global IASP event.

17:15 - 17:40 - Closing Ceremony

Join us to officially close IASP Virtual., with IASP Chairman Paul Krutko and IASP CEO Ebba Lund.