Emerging Europe Talks is a series of discussions offering insight and intelligence designed to help entrepreneurs, investors, governments and all knowledge-seekers navigate emerging Europe. The talks focus on innovation and technology, sustainable social and economic growth, and help the right people identify the right opportunities and trends.
The series is delivered by Emerging Europe, a London-based intelligence, community and news platform whose mission is to foster the social, economic and democratic development of 23 countries in Central, Eastern, South-East and North-East Europe.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected both traditional media and online platforms. It’s not only an unprecedented economic challenge. Social distancing disrupts the complete physical media value chain. It rewrites basic rules of life, including communication and also accelerates previous issues like privacy, fake news, unfair competition, outdated regulation, political advertising, copyright issues
What is the future of the media sector? What challenges are traditional and new media outlets facing? What is the ideal revenue sources? Is there room for new players and start-ups?
Kinga Incze, one of the co-founders and the CEO of Whitereport Global, a UK-based cross-media business intelligence service provider, and of Mediaspace.Global, a global independent professional network for media, marketing, tech, regulation, speaks to Andrew Wrobel about the role of businesses and governments in shaping the future media landscape.
Tallinn-based property and fintech start-up EvoEstate, which Emerging Europe included in its list of 10 start-ups from the region to watch in 2020, continues to disrupt the real estate market and make it more democratic for retail investors.
In mid-September, the real estate crowdfunding aggregator had 210 projects in its portfolio and with a pre-seed round closed, EvoEstate will now turn its attention to taking its innovative real estate investment platform global to begin providing services to interested investors around the world.
Gustas Germanavičius, one of EvoEstate's co-founders and the start-up's CEO, talks to Andrew Wrobel about real estate crowdfunding, the impact of Covid-19 on real estate transactions, and about the prospects for crowdfunding across the emerging Europe region.
Which international sales method should be used when selling software as a service (SaaS) to UK buyers? How to understand the way British buyers do business? What role do language skills and small talk play in the process?
And how to sell during the Covid-19 pandemic?
In the latest episode of Emerging Europe Talks, Andrew Wrobel speaks with Kasia Lanucha, a Cambridge University lecturer recognised as a cross-culture thinker and coach, and Bob Spence, the director of international business development for SaaS incubator C4DI @TheDock, who jointly run a series of seminars focused on cross-cultural sales, launched by the UK Department of International Trade.
In April 2021, the Warsaw Stock Exchange will celebrate its 30th anniversary. In the three decades since it was launched, it has achieved a great deal, not least being classified as a developed market by FTSE Russell – an achievement that took the Korea Exchange over 50 years. It is now on course to become a global gaming hub, with over 60 gaming companies listed, more than the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the world's current leader.
In this latest edition of Emerging Europe Talks, Andrew Wrobel speaks with Marek Dietl, CEO of the Warsaw Stock Exchange since September 2017, about how the bourse is focused on innovation and technology and how it plays a key role in attracting investors to the emerging Europe region through, among other things, its CEEPlus index.
IT service providers from across emerging Europe, especially smaller ones and those from less-known geographies, often struggle to present their value proposition to international buyers looking to outsource to the region. Buyers do not always know where to look, for a start, nor can they be sure that the provider who may have recently approached them by email offers a decent standard of service.
Is finding a perfect match possible?
In order to make the process simpler and smoother, Emerging Europe has partnered with Clutch, a US-based platform listing over 150,000 organisations, with more than 35,000 in-depth client reviews, specifically in the IT and business services sectors, to shine more light on service providers in the emerging Europe region. Together, we have launched a partner platform focused on the emerging Europe region.
To discuss this new initiative, as well as much more, Andrew Wrobel speaks with Mike Beares, the founder of Clutch. Prior to Clutch, Mike led a team of solution managers in the consulting and systems integration unit of Unisys Corporation. Earlier in his career, he worked in management consulting advising both Fortune 500 companies and smaller start-ups.
In mid-August, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Czechia, Slovenia, Austria and Poland signed a new defence agreement with Poland that will see American troops redeployed from Germany. He also seems to have brought Central European governments on board in the US’ diplomatic offensive against Chinese influence, specifically Chinese tech giant Huawei’s involvement in 5G networks.
The next several months are also challenging to the US: the COVID-19 pandemic resulting the economy seeing a 9.5 per cent slump in the second quarter following a 1.3 per cent drop in the first, nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd and the upcoming presidential election, to name just a few.
Andrew Wrobel speaks with Tyson Barker, Deputy Executive Director and Fellow at Aspen Institute Germany, about the US relations with emerging Europe and the post-election scenarios, ahead of the Emerging Europe and the United States: Towards 2030 conference scheduled to take place on August 27. For more info about the debate, go to emerging-europe.com/towards-2030/
The coronavirus that kept people contained in their homes for three months has already reoriented our relationship with the outside world and with each other, and will have an enormous impact on how we interact, how we do business and how we use technology to replace our habits and basic needs such as building and maintaining relationships with other people.
On top of that, the pandemic came when humanity was already struggling to communicate, mainly due to fast-paced technological advancements. How to define modern communication? How to link human interactions with inhuman technology? What skills to acquire to be able to better communicate in the future?
Andrew Wrobel speaks with Victoria Masso, the founder of Behaviour Hackers. Victoria is an international trainer based out of Birmingham in the UK. She’s been working on building bridges between technological advancements and human interactions using behavioural science.
She has received special recognition by the UK government as an exceptional talent in the technological sector and has consulted on how to accelerate digital innovation all over the world with the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency.
Numerous research studies show a strong correlation between employee experience and customer experience, with one claiming that companies with highly-engaged employees outperform their competitors by 147 per cent.
But how can firms increase customer satisfaction during the Covid-19 pandemic, when most, if not all employees are working from home? What challenges do employers face in terms of retention and recruitment? How are modern technologies, including robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, and cognitive-focused software, impacting the evolution of the customer experience?
Andrew Wrobel speaks with Peter Ryan, the principal analyst at Canada-based Ryan Strategic Advisory. Peter is a globally renowned expert on customer experience, having worked with businesses and governments across the globe, advising them on matters ranging from vertical market penetration and service delivery to best practices.
Some parts of emerging Europe are once again opening up to international tourists, while others - including some countries which have been successful in fighting Covid-19 - have delayed reopening for fear of reigniting the pandemic.
Few industries in the region have been as seriously impacted as tourism, more so even than in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the global financial crisis of a decade ago. What will the post-coronavirus travel and tourism industry look like? How will services change and what can the industry across emerging Europe do to embrace these changes and new trends?
Andrew Wrobel speaks with Mark Baker, a freelance journalist and travel writer, based in Prague since 1991. He has authored a number of guidebooks about Central and Eastern Europe, and his travel stories have appeared in National Geographic Traveller, BBC World News, and The Wall Street Journal. In the past, he has also been a correspondent for The Economist and Bloomberg.
Poland will finally hold a presidential election this coming Sunday, June 28, having postponed the original vote, scheduled for May 10, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In our latest podcast, Andrew Wrobel speaks to Aleks Szczerbiak, professor of politics and contemporary European studies at the University of Sussex, and the author of the Polish Politics Blog, about the election and the effect that the delay has had on its outcome.
With three candidates given a chance of making the second round run-off – the current president Andrzej Duda, Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski and Szymon Hołownia, an independent candidate and media personality – Andrew and Aleks look at what a victory for any of the candidates could mean for Poland’s political future.
Investment promotion agencies responsible for attracting foreign direct investment seem to have been in suspension during the pandemic. Andrew Wrobel speaks to Elias van Herwaarden, principal at Locationperspectives consultancy and a member of the Site Selectors Guild, about the global trends in the business services industry, growth in the sector in the last few years, future prospects as well as emerging Europe potentially benefiting from the Covid-19 pandemic, as buyers look to relocate more distant locations to those closer to home.
The coronavirus has been with us in Europe since the end of January and it is clear that it has changed our lives in an unprecedented way.
In this episode of Emerging Europe Talks Health, Andrew Wrobel speaks with Balázs Fürjes, managing director at EIT Health InnoStars, about the impact COVID-19 will have on health care and health tech in both the region and globally.