10 January 2017

Sign up for free for the 6 workshops at Unconvention!

Unconvention is just around the corner and we know it might be hard to decide which workshop you should join. Let us give you a little help with that! Find below the description of each workshop that will take place on Wednesday, 25th January, at BNP Paribas Fortis, at Rue de la Chancellerie 1, 1000 Brussels.   

You can now register by sending an email to unconvention@eyif.eu with your name and the workshop you wish to attend. The registration is free of charge and the seats are limited.

Check them out and choose the one that suits your needs:

Design Thinking

Presented by: Dr. Susanne Rompel and Dirk Homuth, innogy SE (Gold Partner)

Timeline: 10:00 – 11:00 / Room 4


Have you ever experienced what is called “design thinking” in innovation? In this workshop proposed by our Gold Partner innogy innogyt-13SE, you will learn how new products or solutions are developed by using the design thinking approach. Throughout rapid interaction and an agile approach new ideas can be easily generated. Starting from the costumers point of view, product solutions will be created, tested and get proofed against their value proposition. Elements such as a persona, a business model canvas and rapid prototyping will be explained and put into practice. In the very interactive workshop, you will do many exercises yourself, such as the development of a persona as well as a touchpoint analysis.

Presentation & Pitch Impact Skills

Presented by: Peter Hopwood, Global Public Speaking Coach

Timeline: 10:00 – 11:00 / Room 3


A compact persuasion skills masterclass full of takeaway insights to gain more impact as a professional, networhopwoodker, startup  or entrepreneur – someone who wants to communicate with impact both in front of crowd and – on camera. You’ll learn valuable practical tips and body language techniques to boost credibility, influence and speak more confidently – gaining more trust with your audience. Gain straight-talking tips on how to fine-tune your delivery and get your ideas to stick.

Build the future of Growing Employability

Presented by:  Yann Camus and Mona Herter, JADE

Timeline: 10:00 – 11:00 (1st part) | 11:30 – 12:30 (2nd part) / Room 5


Through the Junior Enterprise concept, students learn how to manage a non-profit organization,which provides services for companies, under the guidance of teachers and professionals with the goal to consolidate and enhance the learning or their members, thus developing their entrepreneurial skills. JADE is the European Confederation of Junior Entreprises, bringing together more than 22 000 students in 14 countries in Europe.

Digitalizing Integration – How Chatbots shape the future of global professionals

Presented by: Mario Paladini, CLUB GLOBALS

Timeline: 11:30 – 12:30 / Room 4


For global digital citizens, who want to feel at home everywhere and access a welcome community without clubgthe hassle of a bureaucratic jungle, in order to start enjoying their new life.

Learn how new ways of interacting with technology, like artificial intelligence, makes international life easier.


EU Funding for Startups and SMEs

Presented by: Louis Papaemmanuel, EU Startup Services

Timeline: 11:30 – 12:30 / Room 3


How can you access the €3 billion of EU grant funds available for innovative startups and SMEs eussthrough the SME Instrument? Phase 1 offers a grant of €50 000 to bring your innovations to market. Phase 2 offers grant of between €500 000 and €2,5 M to grow your concept and scale. This is “free” money: no need to give it back, lose equity or lose control of your company. Find out if these grants are for you and learn how to apply and which are the ingredients of a successful proposal, all in one session. The workshop will equip you with all the information, tools and hands-on training to write successful proposals – taking a case study of a typical entrepreneur and their StartUp/SME, a detailed step-by-step live demonstration of how to write a proposal with high chances of succeeding.

Patent  Assessment

Presented by: Johann Stan, European Patent Office

Timeline: 14:00 – 15:00 / Room 4


This workshop will provide practical information about obtaining a patent in Europe. We will go through the requirements of
obtaining a patent and focus on the best strategies for startups. The speaker is a patent examiner at the Europpatentean Patent Office and a leading speaker in the field.