On April 20-21, we will be welcoming you all to Barcelona for the 2023 edition of our annual flagship event: The EU-Startups Summit! And this year, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. We will gather over 2,000 people for two days of networking, inspiration and learning. It’s a great opportunity to learn from and connect with some of Europe’s most influential, successful and impactful founders, investors and innovators.
This year, we have brought together leading innovators shaping the Future of Work to discuss how and why attitudes to work have changed and how companies can stay ahead of the curve to better align with their employees’ needs and wants.
The future of work is a hot topic of discussion right around the world, shaping new trends and attitudes across industries. We want to explore what these trends are and how tech is fueling these shifts. At this year’s EU-Startups Summit, the ‘Future of Work’ panel discussion will feature the leading voices in this space: Karoli Hindriks, Co-Founder and CEO of Jobbatical, Fritz Trott, Founder and CEO of Zenjob, Kerstin Rothermel CPO of Bolt, and, Rasa Strumskyte, the Co-Founder & VP of Business Development of Talent Garden.
Karoli Hindriks is the Co-Founder and CEO of Jobbatical, an innovative company shaping how employers relocate their international hires. Karoli founded her first company at just 16 and has always been ahead of game-changing trends. She founded Jobbatical in 2014 before international recruitment became a booming market, successfully pivoted the company in 2019, and has since scaled the company to global success. Now, the Estonian firm has raised over $20 million and operates right around the world, removing the friction of labour mobility.
Karoli has had an inspiring career and is an incredibly influential figure in the European tech and startup community. in 2020 she was even named by the EU Council as one of the 8 most inspiring women in Europe.
Fritz Trott is the Founder and CEO of Zenjob, a company on a mission to give people more control over their working lives. Founded in Berlin in 2015, the company’s platform connects talent with companies looking for on-demand staffing support. As a result, their innovative platform enables talents to conveniently fit a side job into their busy lives and partner companies to flexibly manage fluctuation in business volume. Zenjob is now helping more than 2,500 companies across over 10k locations.
With previous experience in the marketing world, Fritz found himself wanting more job satisfaction in life – and thus came up with the idea for Zenjob, changing the way we work so that one day people can decide for themselves when and how often they want to work.
Kerstin Rothermel is a Chief People Officer (CHRO) with over 20 years of experience in leading global people teams for world-renowned companies. She currently serves as the VP of People at one of Europe’s most iconic unicorns: Bolt. Kerstin is a highly respected HR professional with a proven track record of delivering impactful results. She is passionate about creating a people-centric culture that fosters innovation, collaboration, and growth.
Born in Tallinn in 2013, Bolt is one of the fastest-growing companies in European history – and a lot of that is thanks to its people. The firm currently works across over 45 countries representing more than 70 nationalities with over 4000 employees and it’s earned a reputation for its culture, and commitment to staff empowerment. Bolt secured €628 million last year and has played a key role in building sustainable cities through its mico-mobility platform. At Bolt, Kerstin has transformed the company’s HR function from a support service to a strategic business partner that drives organizational success.
Rasa Strumskyte is the Co-Founder & VP of Business Development of Talent Garden. Passionate about growing impact-driven ventures, Rasa has become an influential figure in Europe’s wider startup ecosystem over the course of her career. Rasa joined the founding team of Talent Garden in early 2014 and has been a pivotal part of growing the company, which is now paving the way towards the future of education.
Founded in 2011, the Italian company is a renowned player in the digital coworking sector, focusing principally on networking and skills development. The company has been growing considerably in the digital education market recently, providing services to students, professionals and large European companies. It snapped up Hyper Island in 2021 as the company moved to focus on digital education – reflecting what has now become a booming sector shaping the future of work. Today, Talent Garden is Europe’s leading digital skills academy and coworking network for the tech ecosystem – spanning 12 countries.
This Panel Discussion is sure to be full of interesting insights and valuable takeaways. Make sure you secure your ticket today so that you’re there to join us. In the meantime, more information can be found on our event page, and, you can also get a taste of what’s to come this April by checking out this video from last year’s event:
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