“Start Up! Entrepreneurship Project” is a long-term project of the Common Sense Society which aims to promote the idea of entrepreneurship through educational workshops and other events. The aim of the project is to inspire, equip, and connect the next generation of young European entrepreneurs to become a creative source of enterprise and dynamism.

Past Start Up! Programs

Outer Space: The New Frontier of Private Enterprise (June 28, 2012)
CSS hosted a panel discussion on the future of space exploration. Our guests were  Tibor Pacher, head of the Hungarian private space travel company Puli Space Technologies (currently competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE), László Molnár, astronomer and blogger at “Knights of Cydonia Region” and András Gschwindt, leader of the Masat group at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Rediscovering the Magyar Magic (October 12, 2011)
Nanushka, Gerbeaud, Brody House, Experidance…our event showcased successful entrepreneurs who promote Hungarian cultural heritage while adapting to the marketing needs of our times. Turn-of-the-century apartments redesigned, hundred-year-old recipes rediscovered, fashion trends reimagined, and folk rhymes reinterpreted. Join us for a discussion about how Hungarian cultural brands are competitive and “in” again.

Make it Grow: The Role of Venture Capitalists (May 18, 2011)
Our Start Up! event featured our Entrepreneur-In-Residence, creator and organizer of the E-Workshop series, Peter Záboji (European Entrepreneurship Foundation) who grilled  Venture Capitalists, Business Angels, and Private Equity Investors. The panel included Iván Halász (Finext), Áron Szabó (Riverside), and András Molnár(Portfolion).

Start UP – Just do it (Februay 2, 2011)
Young entrepreneurs in action: three myth busting stories that will inspire you, motivate you, and make you believe that yes, you can do it too. Our role models for business creation talked about how to stay in learning mode, how to start-up your own business in Hungary and just do it. Our panel was moderated by our Entrepreneur-In-Residence, creator and organizer of the successful E-workshop series, Peter Záboji (European Entrepreneur Foundation). Our panelists: Patrik Kovács, founder of Young Entrepreneurs’ Association; Dániel Szabó, Your Big Year 2010 global entrepreneurship competition finalist, and Dóra Henger, founder of OurStyle online fashion magazine/boutique.

Is a strong government enough to turn Hungary around? (May 5, 2010)
What should be the ideal role of the state in post-crisis Hungary? What happened to economic freedom in the global bailout syndrome? What should drive Hungarian GDP in the next 5-10 years? What is a “strong” government anyway? A panel discussion with Imre Hild (OTP Life Annuity), Lászlo Balassy (Citigroup), Stefan Messman (CEU), and Peter Záboji (EEF).

Film Screening : The Call of the Entrepreneur (November 27, 2009)
A film screening and discussion held at MOM Park Palace Cinemas. The screening was followed by a conversation on entrepreneurship, capitalism, morality and ethics in business lead by Ondrej Socuvka (CEBSI) and Imre Hild (Ivy Plus).

Start up! Young Entrepreneurs in Action (October 8, 2009)
The panel, featuring guest panelists Novotta Kriszta of Funzine, Aichelburg Márton of Civil Vállalkozások, and Petra Saás of Fruccola, led by Peter Záboji (European Entrepreneur Foundation) highlighted the stories of these successful young entrepreneurs and discussed some of the fundamental aspects of a start up enterprise.

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