YES Summit 2017 in Katowice, Poland


On October 17-20 Young Entrepreneurs & Startups Summit took place in Katowice, Poland. The conference was organized within the framework of the 7th European Congress of Small & Medium Size Enterprises. The hosting organization was our Polish member – Young Entrepreneurs Forum of Poland. The whole Congress was visited by more than 6 000 participants.




There Summit comes down to two panel sessions held at the International Conference Centre in Katowice. The first one titled “Entrepreneurship and innovations as a motor of development of start-up enterprises” aimed to present the situation of Polish startups as well as the role of business envelopment in creation of valued high-tech companies. Another discussion co-organized by the European Commission was a part of the cycle #letstalkabouttrade and focused on global expansion of Polish startups. Three companies: Novelty RPAS, Cityglobe and Brainly presented their businesses to the audience, sharing their successes and failures on the international markets.


YES Summit was followed by a special visit of German young entrepreneurs delegation from the BVMW Junge Mittelstand, a YES Member organization. The team had an opportunity to take part in study visits to cities from Silesia Metropoly: Katowice, Chorzów, Zabrze and Dąbrowa Górnicza. During the whole time spent in Poland BVMW representatives had many opportunities  to network with local entrepreneurs.

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– My visit to the European Congress for SMEs in Katowice was a true highlight. Being part of the German delegation of young entrepreneurs, I enjoyed the fantastic hospitality of our hosts from YES for Europe. The trips to companies and communities, specially organized for our delegates, gave all of us a great first-hand insight into the region‘s and Poland‘s highly engaged economy and entrepreneurial spirit. Thank you all for making this trip such a wonderful experience! – said Juliane Neubueser-Muglali, founder and CEO of the Jnm Consulting, and a member of the BVMW Junge Mittelstand.


– The SME Congress in Katowice is the place to be. Whether you are a young or a senior entrepreneur among 6.000 participants from 30+ it is hard not to find a perfect match – said Ben Knoefler, 2017 YES for Europe Executive Committee Member in representation of BVMW.


– It was a great and exciting week! I have met so many people and have had really exciting discussions. It was also great how we were treated as a German delegation. The friendliness of all concerned has made the trip a memorable experience – underlined Remo Fuhrmann from Pro Familien Haus GmbH.


– It was a real pleasure to host young entrepreneurs from BVMW in Katowice. I hope that the agenda we have put together was interesting and gave the real impression of Poland. One of the major roles of YES is to facilitate the cross border collaboration between neighbouring countries – pointed out Przemyslaw Grzywa, 2017 President of YES for Europe.



2nd Young Entrepreneurs & Startups Summit was a special event within the framework of the European Congress of Small and Medium-Size Enterprises in Katowice, Poland. It was addressed to young entrepreneurs and people willing to start their own business in the future. The event gathered the representatives of young business, opinion-forming groups, startups founders, investors and managers from all over Europe.


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