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5th International EPSA Knowledge-Transfer Conference

"Breaking silos for better service delivery: How to build sustained partnerships between the public sector and entrepreneurs"


Please find the presentations of the conference in the programme below. The videos will be uploaded in the following days.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

10.00 Official opening 
Marta Felip, 
Secretary General of Enterprise and Knowledge, Government of Catalonia
Marga Pröhl, 
Director-General, European Institute of Public Administration, EIPA

10:00Check-in and framing of the event, purpose and expected results
Alexander Heichlinger, Expert, Co-Founder & Chair of the European CEFG Group, EIPA Barcelona

10.30Keynote address: Innovation through Networking Thinking - towards new growth models and networked innovation ecosystems for Europe
Darja Tataj, Chairwoman of Advisors to EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas, Author of "Innovation and Entrepreneurship", Founder & CEO, Tataj Innovation

11.45Panel: Successful tools for harnessing the transformative effect of digitalisation of services
Moderated by Marga Bonmatí, Diretcor of the Open Administration Consortium of Catalonia

e-Estonia: Excellence in digital business services, EPSA Best Practice
Piret Reinson, Brand Strategist & Estonian Insider, former Marketing and Communication Team Lead e-Residency (Estonia)

Low Emission Zone Antwerp, EPSA Nominee and Best Practice
Sven Plentickx, Product Owner Magda, Informatie Vlaanderen - Flemish Information Agency (Belgium)

The Digital Transformation Strategy of the Municipality of St. Feliu de Llobregat
Mario Alguacil Sanz, Director of Open Government (Spain)

13:00Panel: Client-centredness in the public sector - Which policy instruments and services for companies and entrepreneurs?
Moderated by Pere Condom, Responsible for Entrepreneurship and Training, Government of Catalonia

Growth Hubs - the missing piece of the business support jigsaw
Ian McLaughlan, Growth Hub Manager at Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (United Kingdom)

The Rotterdam business case
Rob Gringhuis, Manager Department of Work and Income, City of Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Portugal Site Selection, EPSA Best Practice
Maria Alexandre Costa, Technical Expert, Portuguese Business Development Agency - Aicep Gobal Parks (Portugal)

15:30Panel: Connecting the dots - making grants and financing more accessible to companies and entrepreneurs
Moderated by Josep Solà, Director General of Avançsa, Government of Catalonia

Single window for financial business support
Rainer Schütze, Head of Department of Credit Risk Management, Development Bank of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)

Alternative financing
Oriol Sans, Director of Funding Unit, Catalan Agency for Enterprise Competitiveness - Acció, Government of Catalonia (Spain)

BIND 4.0 Public-private initiative connecting startups with industrial players
Amaia Martinez, Technical Expert, Strategic Initiatives (SPRI), Business Development Agency of the Basque Government (Spain)

ICF - The Public Financial Institution of Catalonia
Lourdes Ridameya, Head of Promotion, Business Development Division, Catalan Finance Institute (Spain)


16.45Wrap-up of the day and check-out
Harrie Scholtens, Project Leader EPSA 2017, EIPA Maastricht




Thursday, 14 March 2019

09:45Welcome to the 2nd day
Alexander Heichlinger, Expert, EIPA Barcelona

10.00Presentation of the EPSA 2019 Call for applications: Theme, objectives, application process and criteria
Julia Bosse, Researcher, EIPA Barcelona

10.15Panel: Business-friendliness in the public sector. Examples from holistic One Stop Shops
Moderated by Ester Manzano, Director General of Modernization and innovation of the Catalan Administration, Government of Catalonia


Catalan Business One Stop Shop, EPSA Nominee and Best Practice
Cristina Pruñonosa, Business Management Office Manager, Government of Catalonia (Spain)

Austrian Business Service Portal (BSP), EPSA Best Practice
Georg Nesslinger, Head of Division eGovernment Businesses, Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs (Austria) 

Tuscany's One Stop Shop
Laura Castellani, Director, Department of Information Technologies, Regional Government of Tuscany (Italy)

12:15

Closing address: The next developments for the digital and client-centred PA - Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things
Evgeniia Filippova, Member of the Management Team and Senior Scientist, Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Crypto Economics, Vienna

13:00Summary of the results of the conference and take-home messages. Official closure and end of the 5th International EPSA Knowledge-Transfer Conference
Harrie Scholtens, Project Leader EPSA 2017, EIPA Maastricht
Alexander Heichlinger, Expert, EIPA Barcelona
Joaquim Ferrer, Secretary General of Enterprise and Competitiveness, Government of Catalonia (Spain)