Ari Huczkowski

Ari Huczkowski, Chief Innovation Evangelist, of Espoo Innovation Garden
(the Northern Europe innovation hub based just outside Helsinki, Finland)
Subject:  “Building Northern Europe’s Largest Innovation Hub: Espoo Innovation Garden”
Morning Keynote: Aug. 17th

Ari Huczkowski, Chief Innovation Evangelist, of the Espoo Innovation Garden based in Finland will speak on “Building Northern Europe’s Largest Innovation Hub: Espoo Innovation Garden” at 9 AM on the 17th.  As our morning keynote, he will explain the convergent paths toward an innovation ecosystem and will open dialogue about those European paths to companies in Louisville looking for expansion from software distribution platforms to manufactured goods and other types of services.  A separate smaller roundtable session for startups will be available with the speaker on the afternoon of the 16th upon his arrival.

He is an international speaker on innovation and has spoken globally in the last decade, including in the countries of Japan, Germany, UK, France, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Portugal, USA and Canada.  Fourteen years ago, he worked at the Center of Expertise for Micro and Nanotechnologies, then moving to the Technopolis Ventures incubator. Earlier, he also did a stint in VC fundraising for the National Software Development Ltd. group, serving as its CEO.

He now promotes partnerships in industry involving import and export of goods, software and other types of services. He remains actively engaged in the activities of the Japanese Innovation Network JIN, the European Investment Bank’s Innovation Board, and also with the board of The Technology Councils of America (TECNA), of which TALK is a regular member.