For the very first time, sharing economy startups are getting together in Central European cities to look for synergies. Part of the OuiShare Europe Tour, 5 meetups are taking place from Sofia through Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Budapest and Warsaw. Three events are already over and I have to say, the sharing economy is gaining momentum in the region.

CEE OuiShare Tour

CEE OuiShare Tour

After 80 Events in 40 Cities and 20 Countries, the OuiShare Fest and road tours of France and Latin America, the OuiShare Europe Tour is taking us on the road to get together entrepreneurs building innovative businesses focusing on collaborative ways of consumption, production and finance. Two months full of meetups all around the continent from Spain to Denmark and all with the same goal: getting together, discussing new trends and looking for synergies.

These startups are all surfing the wave of ’acces over owenership’, the philosophy of the Y generation. By providing P2P platforms to share, barter, lend or sell directly between individuals, these entrepreneurs are changing the way we think about consumption and they are empowering the so-called prosumer generation.

The collaborative economy is now a global trend spreading everywhere around the world lead by a handful of success stories emerging in the US such as Airbnb, Taskrabbit, Lyft or Uber. Europe is catching up especially in the field of mobility with startups like BlablaCar and Carpooling.

The Central and Eastern European region is not missing this turn either. Eventhough the segmented markets and language barriers do not qualify the region the become a priority destination to global startups, several local initiatives were born recently. From ridesharing, through coworking places and to swapping platforms, we have our own local solutions in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Poland.

The Sharing Economy is still very young and a lot has to be done before it becomes mainstream in CEE though.  First of all we will have to go through a deep mindset-change moving away from the ultimate goal of ownership towards acces. The young generation who did not have to deal with the socialist heritage as a first-hand experience is leading the way and propose innovative solutions as entrepreneurs.

The first three events are over in Bulgaria and Romania and the outcomes are encouriging: more than 20 projects presented to 150 attendees followed by lots of debate that helped surging new ideas.

OuiShare Europe Tour

The event in Budapest is happening on Friday 8th of November at Loffice (Paulay Ede utca 55). Come and learn from Hungarian representants of the Sharing Economy and find out how you could take part of the trend either as entrepreneur or as open-minden prosumer!

The event is free, please register on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/401704213289577

About OuiShare

OuiShare is a global network empowering citizens, public institutions, and companies to build a society in which every person has access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. We believe that an economy based on sharing, collaboration and openness can solve many of the complex challenges the world faces. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in January 2012, OuiShare has rapidly evolved from a handful of Parisian enthusiasts to a global community spread across Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Dalma Berkovics

OuiShare Connector CEE & Budapest

@HEC Paris, ESCP Europe

Sharing Economy expert, works as the CEE and Budapest Connector at OuiShare, the global community of Sharing Economy entrepreneurs, researchers and investors. Lived and worked in France and Chile during the past five years. Consultant, strategist, speaker.

LinkedIn: hu.linkedin.com/in/dalmaberkovics

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