CEU Business School was selected as the academic partner of the #Hunnovators Conference of the Neumann Society, held on March 14, 2015 in Silicon Valley, San Francisco.
Mel Horwitch, dean and university professor at CEU Business School, gave an academic address as one of the keynote speakers along with Professor Philip Zimbardo of Standford University, former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Kounalakis and entrepreneurship expert Steven Koltai. Horwitch discussed the importance of innovation in Central Eastern Europe and how CEU Business School nurtures a newly fashioned management education institute in Budapest based on value creation. He explained how the School helps upgrade transatlantic relations via new teaching and learning emphasizing innovation and entrepreneurship. That afternoon, he also facilitated an academic workshop, titled “‘Awakening new generations: education, scholarship and mentoring in a transatlantic academic context”.
Based on the feedback received from the 150 members of the audience, this event started something which is considered historic by next generation Hungarians and Hungarophiles.
Founded by a community of Hungarian born innovators in Silicon Valley, the Neumann Society is a California 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Adhered to its key lessons and furthering the values of John von Neumann (the Hungarian-American mathematician, physicist, inventor and polymath) its mission is to identify, promote and empower next generation Hungarian and CEE based talent. The Society aims to build a transatlantic community of broad-minded innovators and thereby shape a better tomorrow promoting socially responsible as well as high-impact innovation.