#Hunnovators at European Innovation Day

Maybe it was an ambitious CEO from Estonia looking to scale up. Maybe it was someone from a massive California tech company. Or maybe it was an official representative of the UK. You could have seen any of them roaming the halls today at European Innovation Day, a conference hosted by Mind the Bridge.

But maybe it didn’t even matter, because everyone was there to see the best of European technology and innovation at the one-day event, held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View with the partnership of various European Silicon Valley organizations, including Neumann Society.

The day opened with remarks by Mind the Bridge founder and CEO Marco Marinucci, who spoke on forging a bridge between the talents of Europe and Silicon Valley, and on expanding into connecting further with policymakers.

“This is the beginning of a long conversation that will start this week,” he said.

Julie Hanna, Executive Chair of the Board of microlending company Kiva and a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, also spoke. She began by acknowledging the globalization of innovation.

“Tech entrepreneurship has gone global,” she said, adding that “Silicon Valley is no longer unique in its ability to launch startups.

But she went even further, reminding the room that access to information and opportunity is still equal and exhorting the attendees to remember the problems of humanity.

“You, as tech entrepreneurs, are the world’s greatest change agents,” she said.

And the discourse went on, with speakers like Larry Sonsini of law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, who detailed what goes into the “secret sauce” of Silicon Valley success. The conference was also chock full of roundtables on everything from how to make a European digital market really work to the new generation of venture capitalists emerging in the UK and Germany.

It was proof positive that Europe is at the front in thoughtful global innovation, and that what brings Europeans together in Silicon Valley is one of the strongest ties. In fact, Marinucci even put it that way himself in his opening remarks.

“I actually started feeling European the moment I came here,” he said.

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