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Bratislava to host first-ever Forbes under-30 youth talent summit in June

Bratislava, Slovakia – An elite group of young Slovak entrepreneurs and disruptors will gather in Bratislava next month for a first-of-a-kind Forbes global youth summit retreat.

Forbes is partnering with Forbes Slovakia and Bratislava-based think tank Globsec Institute to organize the first-ever under-30 global youth retreat of the U.S.-based magazine in Europe.

As part of the growing expansion of its under-30 franchise, Forbes will organize its first-ever youth talent summit in Bratislava next month, “an invitation-only gathering of the most solutions-oriented 30 under 30 listmakers who are transforming industries and driving change”, according to the press release.

This event is meant to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, “which helped usher in democratic government and a new era of freedom and entrepreneurial capitalism” in then-Czechoslovakia.

“Bratislava is home to many startups and a testament to the transformational power of entrepreneurial capitalism”, according for Forbes chief content officer Randall Lane, who pointed out that the upcoming youth summit “will offer our most influential and globally-minded honorees the ability to connect directly with their peers, address challenges and create meaningful partnerships in the heart of Central Europe”.

The Under 30 Summit Global Retreat will take place in Bratislava from June 6 to 9 as part of the 14th edition of Globsec’s Bratislava Forum, an annual gathering of young talents and decision-makers in the Slovak capital.

Robert Vass, head of the Globsec Institute, one of the most prestigious research institutes in Central Europe, announced that he was “delighted to be partnering with Forbes to bring the first-ever Under 30 Summit Global Retreat to Europe”.

The chief editor of Forbes Slovakia, launched eight years ago, Juraj Porubsky also highlighted Slovakia’s growing potential in fostering innovative growth: “Slovakia is increasingly visible on the global stage as an emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem, benefiting from an abundance of young, homegrown talents”.

You can find the complete list (in Slovak) of all the entrepreneurs and business talents invited to next month’s event.

One Slovak, professional gamer Ladislav Kovacs, was included this year in Forbes’ 30-under-30 ranking of the most promising young talents around the world.

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