A 3 day global online live event

Today we concluded an amazing 3 day innovation and entrepreneurship power play. Over 500 attendees from over 40 countries joined the online live event and in local ‘public viewing’ events.

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, El  Salvador, Germany, Ghana,  Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia,  Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria,  Mexico, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland,  Taiwan, Ukraine, United kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

From physical to digital

What’s the secret sauce for the success? The whole event was online. Last minute we changed the whole format from a physical event which would have been only affordable for the wealthy countries to online – and made the access for free for all attendees. The cost to organize the event was significantly lower, we did not need to fly in 500 people – and feel good about the savings in negative environmental impact, carbon footprint and more than ten thousand hours in aggregate for none productive preparation and traveling.

Live Online Pitch from Nepal

Live presentation of a team of scientists who developed a new method to easily test animal pregnancy and getting results within hours. They don’t need any long lasting clinical tests anymore which would not be economically feasible in many countries. Startup winner from Nepal.

The Whole Ecosystem was here

It was extremely interesting to see innovative startups from various industries, tech, biology, health, and more to present. Investors discussed national and international investment strategies, valuation differences and due diligence processes.  Enabler such as incubators, co-working spaces, accelerators, mentors and technology and service providers shared their point of view and how startups from around the world could just go to any space and any enabler and receive help when going global. Government representatives and ambassadors shared what it takes to enter a country and how they can help to make the start and the stay easy and convenient. The 58 sessions in a highly intense 15 minute sequence was a firework of information.

Hot Investor discussion

Investors from all backgrounds explain investment strategies and experiences. Why investing in international startups is attractive but also the obstacles on the legal and taxation side are to be understood. Discussions about valuation, due diligence and what investors expect, how they evaluate and select startups and the best ways for startups to find investors.

Public Viewing of the otherwise global online event

Our ambassadors in Japan, South Korea and Nepal organized global viewing events. The global online event was supported with local on-site events to foster the regional and global community. The Japanese team together with Fabbit, a leading co-working space, organized the perfect show (see below).

Live presentations – streamed around the globe.

Here a startup in Japan is presenting on stage, the event is live streamed to all attendees around the globe, our Judge located in Switzerland listens and asks questions about the presentation. 500 people in 43 countries watch, learn and share.

Going Global – What can be done

Ambassadors from Japan, Vietnam and the team in Switzerland share how startups from around the world can travel around the world and ramp up a business in a new country possibly even within a few weeks.

Amazing Technology – literally from the kitchens of the future

Russian startup presents a new night vision technology, which is very affordable, light weight and easy to install in the next generation of automobiles. Imagine traveling at night and you can watch the scene almost as if it is a bright day.

A new dimension in high tech conferences

There was never any innovation conference of that diverse and complete audience from the whole ecosystem, on a global scale run all online over multiple days. And to be quite honest – most people found it a bad idea “conferences are networking events, it will never work online”. We kind of agreed but we still needed to try (The risk of regretting not trying is greater than the risk of failing). The dynamic of this first little conference is the spark, helping us to completely rethink global conferences.

Where we are going to take it from here?

  • Strengthening and growing the global community
  • Building the necessary platform technology and blockchain for permanent connections
  • Engagement such as discussing individual challenges, questions, ideas, marketing, acceleration, going global and countless other topics.

Please  JOIN  the community.

Thank you, attendees from 40+ countries, S3-Ambassadors from around the world, speakers, investors, enablers, supporters,  and the Society3 dream-team! Also thank you Swisscom for a rock solid 1 Gigabit glass fiber connection directly onto our desk – wow, flawless.

We have been in Hanoi, Vietnam, from March 7 to 9, 2018 to learn about Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Vietnam. The Society3 and World Innovations Forum Ambassador, Nguyễn Dũng from BKHoldings, Hanoi’s top Accelerator and Co-working space prepared two packed days with insights about Vietnam and a startup event in Hanoi. The two main cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Min city compete for attention and leadership in a great way. Vietnamese are very competitive people and power worker.

Innovation in Vietnam

Vietnam is on the forefront of innovation in the areas of AI, Blockchain, Crypto currencies and other areas based on the Russian Education System. Vietnamese universities create great mathematicians and scientists who in turn work on the above mentioned topics. Our Innovation & Entrepreneurs event was having a gigantic 7 meter LED display. No more projector needed.

Co-Working & Acceleration in Vietnam

BKHoldings Co-Working Space is certainly a leading example of a highly comfortable, yet very accessible space for young entrepreneurs to work in. But here is not only a work space but also an accelerator, helping young entrepreneurs to be prepared to go after the business quickly and avoid unnecessary mistakes. It’s owner, a young entrepreneur himself created that space in a way that everybody can easily communicate with each other and still has a very professional appearance. And talking about communication: It’s worth mentioning that all startups, investors as well as representatives from universities or government spoke fluently English. It appears that there is a clear understanding that if one will want to do business on a global level has to speak the global language. We noticed that first in Bangkok then in Nepal – English is the universal communication vehicle.

Vietnam will be represented at the upcoming World innovations Forum in Switzerland as one of the highly innovative countries in the world. We will share some more insights in the Vietnamese Startup World and some top startups from several industry segments.

 

Most people associate Nepal with Himalaya, Yak, Temples and Monks. And that’s OK – but that was 20+ years ago. Kathmandu, the capital city is a 6 to 8 Million people mega city. The Universities produce entrepreneurs and scientists and the management schools develop top candidates. And the Entrepreneurial Wave Nepal is on the rise.

Entrepreneurial Wave Nepal, Khem Lakai, Society3 and World Innovations Forum AmbassadorWe have been invited to Kathmandu Nepal, from March 4 to 6, 2018 to learn about Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Nepal and share entrepreneurs experiences from around the world. The Society3 and World Innovations Forum Ambassador, Khem Lakai (Photo) made this three very impressive days for us.  Marita and I learned a lot about this extremely friendly culture which has to offer a lot more than Mountains and tracks – even though it is a breath taking experience being so close to the tallest mountains in the world.

Entrepreneurial Wave Nepal

We saw some very interesting startups in all kinds of fields from Medicine to technology and data management. And prior to the event that was organized by our Ambassador For Nepal, Khem Lakai we had a chance to meet leaders from the university, government, and industry on the campus of the Global Management Academy in Kathmandu.

Entrepreneurial Wave Nepal at Academy For Management Kathmandu

At the Event “Entrepreneurial Wave Nepal” we talked about the need to connect entrepreneurs from all countries to learn from each other, inspire each other and possibly create business partnerships across the globe.

Entrepreneurial Wave Nepal with Axel Schultze, Society3 at Nepal Entrepreneurs Night

In many countries, including Nepal, there is a huge interest in connecting with the rest of the world to learn what is needed, what problems need to be solved and how young entrepreneurs can share experiences from technology issues to business model development or fundraising challenges.

 

During the Entrepreneurial Wave Nepal, Marita Schultze addressed several points that are continuously discussed with female entrepreneurs such as the work/family balance, the perceived differences and why female entrepreneurs should not adopt to a male behavior but instead understand their advantages as a woman. “No need to copy a male entrepreneur’s behavior – put your uniqueness in the foreground instead”.

Entrepreneurial Wave Nepal with Marita Schultze, Society3 at Nepal Entrepreneurs Night

Female entrepreneurship is not just something Nepal will do but already has several years experience of engaged female entrepreneurs.

Podiums Discussion,Entrepreneurial Wave Nepal, Society3 at Nepal Entrepreneurs Night

The podiums discussion only emphasized what we already recognized: Nepal is on the verge to become another highly agile country in Asia that has to be watched and taken serious as one of the most potential innovation countries in the world. Clearly Nepal will be represented at the upcoming World innovations Forum in Switzerland and added to the list of the highly innovation countries in the world.

 

And last but not least, Mount Everest is an absolute must see, letting all innovations behind for a moment and meditate about the wonders of that world.

Entrepreneurial Wave Nepal and Mount Everest

Flying along side the Himalaya Mountain Ridge having Mount Everest straight in front of us.

In the next few weeks we will introduce some of the Nepali Entrepreneurs and what they do. Interestingly enough some actually come already from other countries to start their opportunity here in Nepal. One of them is Tirza Theunissen. but we will talk about her and her amazing project in a dedicated post.

First global innovation gathering

In June 2018, for the first time, entrepreneurs, investors, enabler and government officers from around the world meet at the World Innovations Forum. The forum helps to get a better picture about the status quo of global innovation and entrepreneurship. This conference of the visionaries will show how far even emerging countries are and what we can do to help bring innovation  better to market.

Innovation of no value

Around the globe, billions are invested in innovation. However as long as no support is given to bring those innovations to market, the large majority of great ideas evaporate. The World Innovations Forum will address that and help make a change. More innovation need to find their markets and contribute to global prosperity.

Technology at Risk

Artificial Intelligence, Crypto Currency, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, Technical Implants, DNA Manipulation and more are considered risky technologies and at the same time great advances of the human mind. We don’t want to have neigh sayer pound on the technology and obsessed engineers defend it. Instead we will discuss many of those topics with those who have a common sense and explore the future evolution of those technologies.

Getting startups into global markets

It’s always too late and always too early when young entrepreneurs grow international. Today’s networked world, digital and online practices and new technologies open up all new opportunities. How can a startup from Nigeria go global 2 years after founding and be in 20 countries a year later? Yes it’s crazy, not health, too fast, irresponsible and way too risky. And yes, it’s the core spirit of entrepreneurship. With the Society3 leadership team having brought 4 companies international within their first four years and today’s technology we will help startups go broad faster than ever before imaginable. Of course with all the risks and challenges and with all the opportunities.

A global entrepreneurial mindset

After all, it is the unbelievable spirit in Silicon Valley that is responsible for driving all the other advantages of the area. Silicon Valley is known to be the epicenter of innovation, the best place to get funded and the most compelling place to work. But if you do a deep dive analysis you find an interesting chain: The amazing mindset of all the like minded people makes working more like fun – not work. With that it makes it easy to learn from each other, probably 10 times faster than anywhere else. If you combine the work energy and the super fast learning, top notch companies are only the result. That attracts investors who in turn learned to nurture that spirit and develop it even further. NOW – since we cannot send millions of startups to San Francisco / Silicon Valley, we need to get creative if we want to increase the success rate of all entrepreneurs.

Creating that spirit in other places has been proven to be possible. Now we want to create it across the world. This is one of the key projects we are kicking off at the World Innovations Forum in June this year.

TICKETS

Unfortunately we have only a very limited number of tickets for this year, about 10 for each of the 25 countries, so please register early to make sure you can join.

Ticket sales is now open.

The two founders of Society3 and the World Innovations Forum, Axel and Marita will be visiting ambassadors in 8 countries in Asia, co-organize local “Entrepreneurs Night Events” and explore key challenges and opportunities to increase success rates of entrepreneurs and corporate intrapreneurs.

There is an enormous engagement to increase the level of innovation all over the world. However most societies work isolated from the other and still live in the old paradigm of keeping everything close to their chest, distrusting others and maintain a rather closed mindset. Our mission is to change that.

It takes a special mindset to bring innovation successfully to global markets.

An economy is only as good as their ability to innovate and progress. What was the US in the last century, the UK before that is China today. And while China is the economic leader in Asia right now, other Asian countries like South Korea, Malaysia, or Japan are high on their heels. Yet, bringing innovation to global markets requires a paradigm shift in mindset. Our mission is not to create even more innovations – but bringing the good ones successfully to global markets. Only then, businesses grow, create jobs, and spark new businesses again.

We are visiting Thailand, Nepal, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mainland China, South Korea and Japan.

Entrepreneurs Nights

Tue Mar 6 Kathmandu, Nepal
Thu Mar 8 Hanoi, Vietnam
Tue Mar 13 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thu Mar 15 Singapore, Singapore
Tue Mar 20 Hong Kong
Thu Mar 22 Shenzhen, China
Tue Mar 27 Seoul, South Korea
Thu Mar 29 Tokyo, Japan

In each city we will have time to meet with ambassadors, investors, entrepreneurs, sponsors and governments.

We are extremely excited about this tour, meeting many amazing people and sharing our vision of a globally connected innovation meta space that helps entrepreneurs from all corners of the earth to work with each other as if they would sit in the same co-working space.

 

Share your experience as entrepreneur or investor at the World Innovations Forum or any of our local events. We all need to do more to learn from each other and accelerate learning.

We are looking for experienced entrepreneurs or investors who are open to share their wisdom – both from successes and failures. Making mistakes is the best way of learning and every improvement is based on imperfection of the previous product or service.

 

WORLD INNOVATIONS FORUM

If you have experience as an entrepreneur in successfully building innovative things in the area of AI, Blockchain, Communications, Crypto Currency, Energy, Food & Agricultural technologies, IOT, Mobility, Robotics, Sensors, and related topics, share it with others. Or as a successful startup investor, help other investors to become successful too.

NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURS NIGHTS

We are conducting entrepreneurs night events in many countries and are always interested in having other entrepreneurs share their successes and failures.

 

1) Society3 & World Innovations Forum Merging
Leveraging existing ecosystem and technology platform

The World Innovations Forum is merging with Society3 and brings a global innovation and entrepreneurship event to Society3’s engagement in this space. The existing Society3 Eco-System of approximately 6,000 entrepreneurs and investors will become the immediate base also for the Forum. The existing Society3 Platform will be extended to accommodate the needs of the combined organization. The Society3 Accelerator will be made available globally to all ambassadors and their ecosystems and introduced in all 25 countries and the new countries to come.

2) Eco-System building start in Asia
Visiting 7 key Asian countries in March this year

As part of our community building focus, we will be visiting our key Ambassadors in China, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. Together with them we will organize a local event, meet local startups, investors and enabler, as well as potential sponsors.

3) Blockchain & Crypto Currency
Creating a blockchain system to empower startups conduct international business at lowest possible cost

Blockchain and crypto currencies are here to stay. I didn’t quite see that when I was confronted with Bitcoin in 2009 for the first time, but now, almost 10 years later it is very clear to me that it will have a major impact and its place in our world. We already had some ideas to use a blockchain inside Society3 to accelerate international trade for startups. When starting to go global it is not only the challenge to develop connections, establish a presence and start with local engagement but almost more so it is hard to overcome the issues of trust, transaction cost at small volume, letter of credits, trade financing and more. A Blockchain is not only a fun tool but may be the only way to significantly reduce cost and accelerate trade for startups like it was never possible before. And on top of all that we start to alleviating one of the biggest roadblocks for crypto currency acceptance: lack of trading physical values rather than just speculation. Imagine when 5,000 startups become merchants. This would be 50 times as many merchants than we have today in the Bitcoin eco-system.

4) World Innovations Forum
The annual event about global innovation & entrepreneurship acceleration

Ambassadors had spoken and we decided to organize the World Innovations Forum in 2018. We are adjusting the event content and give entrepreneurs access to technology circles like best practices to start or grow AI, Blockchain, mobile or other technology related businesses or on the business side techniques to come to a disruptive business model, get financing, building up valuations and so forth. Investors will be able to join investor circle meetings discussing topics like due diligence practices, investment strategies, exit models and others for investors, Accelerator content, community building, mentorship requirements and similar content for the enabler community, and so forth.

We will verify the new event concept with startups, investor groups and ambassadors and finalize our event strategy in the next few weeks. There is a good chance that we will hold the event in the EWL Selnau (former power plant) in Zürich. It would help drive down the overall cost and is more convenient for the attendees who mostly will fly into Zürich. We estimate 200 people from roughly 20 countries to join us. See also WIForum.com

5) Local Society3 Entrepreneurs Nights
The local startup competitions of the World Innovations Forum as well as the Startup Nights from Society 3 will continue as Society3 Entrepreneurs Nights. With the experience of over 100 events in Europe and the US, all WIForum Ambassadors will benefit from merging the brands and have it easier to conduct their local events.

The joint organization results in one of the most active global innovation support organizations.