About the EBF Conference
On the 4th and 5th of October, the 10th and lustrum edition of the EBF Conference will be hosted. The EBF Conference is the largest two-day economic and business conference of the Netherlands and attracts around 600 participants each year including students, academics, alumni and business participants. The EBF Conference consists of two different days, each with its own distinctive character. The first day will have an academic character, whereas the second day will be the traditional conference day. In 2017 the conference was distinguished by the theme ‘Managing Earth Inc.’ Speakers such as Kim Liegberts, CEO Tesla Benelux and Pieter van Mierlo, CEO of PwC Netherlands. Apart from inspiring key note speakers, this event offers many interactive opportunities to network with students and fellow company participants.
On the 4th of October 2018 the College Day, previously known as the Academic day, will take place. This day has a more academic perspective on current business trends. This day is generally smaller in scale, but allows for more in-depth information sharing. Last College day discussed ‘Energy in Transition’, where professional and academics shared their expertise on the energy industry and the dramatic change its facing.
On the 5th of October 2017 the traditional Conference day takes place in the Martiniplaza. This day is filled with inspiring key note speakers, masterclasses and a start-up pitch. Next to that you have the opportunity to join us for dinner at the Martinikerk, in the city centre.
Get in touch
- Address: Nettelbosje 2, 9747 AE Groningen
- Room: Duisenberg Building 5414,
- Phone: (0)50 363 7169
Themes over the Years
2017 - Managing Earch Inc. The Leader of Tomorrow
Today, humankind is at the top of its game. On average, we have never been more wealthy, happy or safe. Nonetheless, sooner or later there will be a tipping point. While the development of the human population thrives, biodiversity and the availability of natural resources go downhill. Furthermore, issues such as Brexit and reduced faith in the European Union have led to uncertainty and division between leaders and countries, which complicate international collaboration. This raises interesting questions. How can national leaders tackle issues that cross international borders? What kind of leadership is required? And more importantly, is it possible to “manage the earth” when the world is becoming more connected digitally, but less connected politically? In this theme the following topics were explored further: Inspirational Leadership, the Age of Hyper-Uncertainty, the Circular Economy and Sharing Solutions.
2016 - The Power of Disruption
We live in a rapidly changing world. New innovations, business models and breakthrough technologies are following each other at an exponentially growing pace. Disruptive changes are created by innovative businesses and individuals, and can have far-reaching consequences for companies, consumers and the world in general. It is no longer a question if an industry will be disrupted, but how and by whom an industry will disrupted. Depending on the innovativeness and agility of companies, disruption can be a huge opportunity. Within this theme the following topics were explored: New Business Models, Innovate for Solutions, a Future in Robotics and Connecting Consumers.
2015 - The Infinite Network: Make Every Connection Matter
Our network is expanding in the current world. Companies, people and machines are all connected in a digital network. The time is now to look at how this network is influencing the factors involved in these interactions. What chances and opportunities will be created through this infinite network?
Within this theme there is a focus on 4 topics: The Internet of Things, The Two Faces of Big Data, the Millenials en The Global Supply Chain.
2014 – Face the Future: Pioneer, Adapt or Retain.
After years of unfavorable economic circumstances it is important to look at the future with positivity. In a time of unprecedented change the question of how we should prepare for the near future is of critical importance. Within this theme there was an emphasis on the following topics: Suppressed human capital, Moving to Mastery, Next Global Superpower and Sustainable Growth Path. .
2013 – Beyond Borders: Competing in a Changing World
The world of today is changing, in a faster pace and on a greater scale than ever before. Observing from the sideline in how the world is changing is no longer on option. We have to go beyond borders and compete. Within this theme the following topics will be discussed: Staying ahead of the Competition; The strategy to Success, Crossing borders: Exploring Emerging Markets, the Era of Technology: A New World Power and the Moral Side: Applying ethics to business.
2012 – Create, Innovate, Dominate
Innovative strategies in multiple disciplines are essential to create a competitive advantage. But when is innovation more affordable or even essential for survival in the current economic landscape? During this conference the following topics were discussed: The Dependency on Merging Markets, The Connected Society and The Entrepreneurial Vision.
2011 – Reboot: Responsible Leadership, Responsible Growth.
What are the choices that we have to make today for a sustainable future and what kind of leadership will lead the society to a new future? In this theme several topics were further explored: Decisions in the Present: Implications in the Future, The Sustainability Priority and The Role of Leadership.