Brussels Forum: Entrepreneurship, Risk, and Innovation



Entrepreneurship, Risk, and Innovation

Brussels Forum

March 21 Steigenberger Grand Hotel, Avenue Louise, Brussels Brussels Forum is an annual high-level meeting of the most influential North American and European political, corporate, and intellectual leaders to address pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic. Participants include heads of state, senior officials from the European Union institutions and the member states, U.S. Cabinet officials, Congressional representatives, Parliamentarians, academics, and media. Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic continue to deepen transatlantic cooperation on a vast array of distinctly new and global challenges from the international financial crisis to climate change and energy security to the retention of high-skilled workers, yet there is no single transatlantic forum focused on this broad and increasingly complex global agenda. Brussels Forum provides a venue for the transatlantic community to address these pressing issues. By bringing together leading politicians, thinkers, journalists, and business representatives, Brussels Forum helps shape a new transatlantic agenda that can adapt to changing global realities and new threats. 10:30– 12:00 Entrepreneurship, Risk, and Innovation “Innovation” has become the buzzword du jour of policymakers around the globe. Inflated rhetoric around supporting entrepreneurship and stimulating innovative thinking abounds, but policies in practice remain highly varied. On one hand, leaders increasingly recognize entrepreneurs as job-creators that are often vital to local economies. On the other, innovation also implies disruption, instability, and possible failure, which often spells trouble for public majorities. These are the opposite ideals to which most governments prescribe. Where is the right balance? This session will explore policies at the local, national, and supranational levels that affect entrepreneurship and risk-taking. Speakers
  • Mr. Thierry Déau, Founding Partner and CEO, Meridiam
  • Mr. Greg Horowitt, Co-Founder, T2 Venture Creation
  • The Hon. Darrell Issa, Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives
  • The Hon. Marietje Schaake, Member, European Parliament
  • Moderator: Ms. Stephanie Vertongen, Program Coordinator, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
For more information, please visit the website of the event.