Visegrad Four Group
Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia
VISEGRAD FOUR GROUP
The Visegrad Group reflects the efforts of the countries of the Central European region to work together in a number of fields of common interest within the all-European integration. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have always been part of a single civilisation, sharing cultural and intellectual values and common roots in diverse religious traditions, all of which they wish to preserve and further strengthen. Hungary is the current term President of the Visegrad Group.
Easing access to finance is crucial for creating global success stories for the Visegrad Four countries, so they launched a start-up programme called ‘Startup Campus’. The main objective of the programme is to boost the discoverability of the V4 regional start-up ecosystem, mainly by highlighting the economic and innovation potential of the V4 countries. At each event, 8 to 10 innovative startup companies operating within the V4 region are selected and given the opportunity to introduce themselves to international markets.
Balazs Hendrich is the Consul General of Hungary in Istanbul, representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. Balazs began his professional career working for Hypobank and Erstebank, focusing on corporate and asset-based financing and leasing. He is also a successful business strategist, management consultant and entrepreneur, with his own consulting company – Grid Consulting.
Zsolt Kovács is the CEO of the ‘Startup Campus’ and Director of the ‘Startup Campus V4 Global Tour’ – boosting the discoverability of the V4 region’s start-up ecosystem. As the Head of Enterprise Hungary, he is dedicated to developing the Hungarian start-up ecosystem. Zsolt has organised several international startup competitions, and he is a key member in the expansion of the ‘Startup Campus Soft Landing’ and the ‘Startup Campus Incubation’ programmes.