Bridge Budapest

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Bridge Budapest : We dream. We do. How to influence a pusillanmous society?

Budapest, HungaryBudapest
Project Stage:
$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We are a group of Hungarian entrepreneurs who work to improve our world and create jobs via globally-used products and rapidly growing businesses. We want to show that it’s possible to take ideas and turn them into products and companies that fulfill the needs of society and make dreams come true. Our vision is a Hungary that is confident in its knowledge and its results, plus a world that knows about it.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Our mission is to inspire by stories of success and expose curious people to attain necessary skills.Our message is: a good idea, hard work and a bit of luck - is all you need to realize your dreams to influence your life. It’s a huge challenge in a fatalist and paternalist country where most of the people don’t believe that they might have dreams to realize. 9 of 10 people in Hungary among 20-35 youth think that only good connections need to achieve anything in their life and 48% of the youth would like to leave the country next day if they could because they don't feel they any chance to maximize their potential in influencing their own life. There is no evidence and self-confidence to believe they are able to change.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We are achieving our mission by offering a fully financed fellowship program for Hungarian university students (graduate and post-graduate) and journalists to gain practical experience, an insight and a big boost as well. We invite students and journalists from around the world to take up fellowships at LogMeIn, NNG, Prezi, and Ustream in Budapest and in Silicon Valley to show this is already possible to start global success from Hungary and this is not a question of magic, but hard work. We are targeting young talent, journalists and decision makers.We have other lobbi activities trying to influence the mentality of the corporate sector too by showing alternatives of a creative and productive working environment without fears.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We are sharing stories that encourage more people to take the step. In Hungary a few years ago it was not obvious to tell a global success story related to Hungary, the mainstream had no clue that they can have dreams. People far too often who don’t dare to believe in themselves, just blaming the past what did not happen. During our activity after a year we doubled the knowledge about the global success stories related to Hungary . (We have a research to show.) It was the first time in mainstream media that they started to talk about startups, the different attitude and mentality in a work environment which is about creativity not about fears etc.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

We would like to be a role modell how indepent entrepreneurs of a country are able to contribute in their society, who deeply they can be involved by sharing their experience and giving back to their society and initiate change. We could generate a dialogue among the business, social and public characters and showed that without creative and successful global entrepreneurs, not just Hungary but Europe will be in bug trouble. We think that our role model is possible to spread in other countries who are dealing with these kind of problems with paternalist past.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The whole country has this problem with being competitive enough i a global competition among continents not just countries. We show examples/stories as solutions who this is possible the have the first step, not just blaming but dreaming and doing. Our goal is to give inspiration. We know that optimism alone is not sufficient to change the world. But without it there is no improvement. We all can be the voice that defies fatalism. Stories we tell, matter. They might become self-fulfilling. The fact that we are a group of entrepreuners makes the whole process credible and possible to build in oither countries too. It’s a long term process, so our activity will need innovations for lomg years to deep the possibility of change.


The Association has a fulltime employee and a half-time but all the founder companies are deeply involved in the Association’s daily life. Founders, so the management level is the board of Bridge Budapest. They are accepting the strategy of the Association and the CEOs of the companies are usually characters of public events organizing by Bridge Budapest or other cooperative partners. The marketing, communication and HR departments of the companies are also deeply involved in all the activities of Bridge Budapest. So this is a kind of special collaboration for achieving the common goals.