CEE Digital Services


CEE Digital Services Matchmaking Summit - Agenda: 13 January 2021

"Connecting CEE's top Tech companies to global markets".

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Q1 theme: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.


CEE Solutions Showcases (10)


1st annual Awards: "Top 5 Solutions from CEE"

8:00am - “Doors” open.
(Time zone: CET Central European Time).

Main Stage/Plenary

Thom Barnhardt

8:15am Welcoming Guests:

Thom Barnhardt, Organiser and founder, CEE Digital Services Association.

8:30am - 9:15am Australia:

An insight into what Australian digital/tech buyers expect from CEE-based digital partners. An overview of Australia's digital market and opportunities: Mark Keough, Intrinsic Learning (Melbourne)

Panelists (2):

  • Kirk Drage, CEO, LeapSheep (Adelaide)
  • Marty Holden, CIO, FTS Group (Canberra)
Mark Keough Kirk Drage Marty Holden

9:15am - 10:00am Japan:

Digital and tech opportunities between Japan and CEE.

Presentation: Marc Einstein ITR (Tokyo)

Panelists (2): Hideki Ninomiya, Orient.

Pauline Fetaui Pauline Fetaui

10:25am - 10:45am "Dissecting the Deal":

An inside look at a recent nearshoring deal got decided. How nearshoring or re-shoring is driving big demand for CEE digital services.

Moderator: Thom Barnhardt

Panelist: Trevor Coyne, Ops Talent

10:45am - 11:00am Networking Session #1:

meet 5 new people in 15 minutes (click on the "Networking" tab on Hopin's left-column navigation)

11:15am - 12:00 United Kingdom:

How CEE-based digital companies deliver strategic value to UK enterprises, SMEs, and ScaleUps.

Moderator: Michael Dembinski, British Polish Chamber of Commerce

Panelists (3): Angus Kidd, Advisory to Genpact, and Caspian. Russell Dalgleish, Chairman, Scottish Business Network.

Michael Dembinski Angus Kidd Russell Dalgleish

12:00 - 12:40 Nordics/Benelux:

An insight into the corporate digital demands in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland - and Benelux.


  • Henri Jääskeläinen, Founder, Polar Night Software (Lodz)
  • Ole Horsfeldt Partner, Gorrissen Federspiel. Representing one of the top Danish law firms, Ole’s focus is entirely on sourcing technology/digital services at scale.
Henri Jääskeläinen Ole Horsfeldt

12:45 - 13:25 Germany:

How German enterprises and SMEs increasingly view CEE digital firms as strategic partners. And what CEE firms can move up the value-chain.

  • Dr. Lars Gutheil, German Polish Chamber of Commerce (AHK)
  • Thomas Duschek, Managing Director, SAP Poland
  • Presentation: "The urgent drive to digitalize European consumer goods enterprises", Oliver Trier, Itility, and former Director Global Digital Innovation, Friesland Campina.
  • Artur Tomys, CEO, Equiqo
Lars Gutheil Thomas Duschek Oliver Trier Artur Tomys

13:30 - 14:10 Fintech: Austria and Vienna

How CEE tech companies are finding Fintech expansion opportunities in western Europe.


  • The Fintech ecosystem in Vienna, Aleksandar Vrglevski, Vienna Business Agency.
  • The Fintech ecosystem in Poland, Michal Sas, FinTech Poland Foundation
  • How Billon is expanding in western Europe, Jacek Figula, CCO, Billon Group
  • Karolina Kaptur, AHP International
  • Ewelina Tomczyk-Malec, City of Warsaw
  • Piotr Paradowski, City of Warsaw
Aleksandar Vrglevski Michal Sas Jacek Figula

1-on-1 pre-arranged Meetings and Break-out Sessions:

9:15am - 10:30am 1-on-1 Meetings

  • Japan: 1-on-1 meetings with 3-4 Japanese corporates.
  • Australia: 1-on-1 meetings with 3-4 Australian corporates.

10:00am - 10:30am "Live" booth:

AIBEST Bulgaria, featuring Cargotec Business Services, Bulgaria. Insights into Cargotec's operations in Sofia, Heini Kami, Director HR Services (click on the "Booth" tab on Hopin's left-column navigation to enter the AIBEST Bulgaria booth)

Heini Kami

12:00 - 13:15 1-on-1 Meetings

  • UK: 1-on-1 meetings with 4-6 corporates.

13:15 - 14:30 1-on-1 Meetings

  • Nordics: 1-on-1 meetings with 3-4 corporates.
  • Germany: 1-on-1 meetings with 3-4 corporates.
  • Austria: 1-on-1 meetings with 3-4 corporates.

14:15 - 14:30 Innovative Applications developed in Central Eastern Europe.

15-minute showcase: Technology developed in CEE targeting US and western Europe.

Afternoon sessions:

US Audience begins to join

Time zone: CET Central European Time

14:30 - 14:45 Lunch Break, 1-on-1 Networking, and visiting Virtual Information Booths

Main Stage

14:45 - 15:30 US Panel I

Armen Kherlopian Ashish Bisaria

15:30 - 16:15 US Panel II

10 Top tips on winning clients in the United States (and 3 ways to lose them).

Presentation: Richard Rodgers, Global Digital Marketing Director, Agilent Technologies (Philadelphia)

Panelists (1): Ryan McCumber, Founder & CEO, SportsTech.ai

Richard Rodgers Ryan McCumber

16:20 - 16:45 US Panel III

Alexis Gordon

How US Cities are supporting their local companies to connect with digital partners from Central Eastern Europe - and providing a platform for broader expansion in the United States.

Presentation: Alexis Gordon, City of Charlotte (North Carolina)

16:45 - 17:15 US Panel IV

Garth Holsinger

"Meet the Accelerators". How US Startups scale-up with tech talent from CEE - and how CEE-based tech companies can tap into capital for US expansion.

Presentation: Garth Holsinger, GP, Prota Ventures and Co-founder, StartUp Rocket (New York)

17:15– 17:45 Closing, Networking Session, and visiting Information Booths

Time Zone: All times are CET Central European Time Zone.