Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy

Brain Bar Budapest

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5 pillars of the perfect startup ecosystem

How to build a culture of adventure and entrepreneurship in a post-socialist country? Stories from the frontline of hip city Budapest.

Head of startup incubator Design Terminal and founder of the largest European festival on future thinking Brain Bar Budapest, Gergely shares his insights on how 5 community values (admiring complexity, mingling teamwork with competition, boosting angel investment, inviting foreign talent and reshaping public perception) can transform the landscape of massive brain drain and self-fulfilling pessimism into an ecosystem of innovation.

It’s NOT that Budapest has made it already. What you can expect are some lessons from the struggle so back home you can speed up the journey.


Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy (1984) is head of Design Terminal, the most awarded social impact incubator in Central Europe. He is also founder of Brain Bar, the biggest European festival on future thinking. Gergely studied International Relations and earned his MBA at Central European University. He was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 and Google’s NewEurope100 lists of emerging leaders.


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