The International Congress of Family Businesses
September 2024, Hotel Château Bela, Slovakia
An exceptional event for owners and members of family businesses in the wonderful Château Bela Hotel in Slovakia.
Four Years of the Congress in Numbers
by owners and members of family firms
from 12 countries
from 15 experts
We inspire and connect family firms to build their multigenerational business
Since 2020, Inštitút Rodinného Businessu has been organizing a unique meeting of family businesses dedicated to the development and networking of your family businesses. During 4 years of the Congress, we welcomed almost 1,000 guests and 26 amazing speakers from 12 countries, such as Slovakia, Poland, USA, Australia, Czechia, Argentina, Italy, Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
The 5th year of the International Congress of Family Businesses will present many hours of high-quality meetings, lectures, discussion panels and workshops important for the development of family businesses and the preservation of their multigenerational nature.
Spend two days in the company of family business owners and family business experts in the beautiful surroundings of the Château Bela Hotel.
See the Photos From the 2023 Congress
Four Years, Countless Insights: Meet Our Congress Speakers
Since 2020 we welcomed 25 speakers from 12 countries to get inspired by their stories and advice.
The performances of foreign guests are simultaneously translated into Slovak.
Great-granddaughter of Guccio Gucci, the founder of the world fashion empire Gucci
Grandson of the founder and managing partner of the family company HiPP
The 46th generation of Hoshi Ryokan, the oldest family hotel in the world
Carl Elsener Jr
CEO of Victorinox
H.S.H. Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Executive Chairman Industrie- und Finanzkontor Ets
Director of the family business LiquidGold Consultants
CEO of Lewandowska and Partners
Silvana Mariel Muñoz
Multicultural trainer, mentor for family businesses and international speaker
CEO of the 6th generation family business Francesco di Maglia Luigi & C.
President of the Institute of Family Business
Co-owner of family company DERMACOL
Managing Director at METALL ZEIT GmbH and POP UP Schmiede e.U.
Dennis T. Jaffe, PhD
Family business expert and consultant
Project manager of the Tomáš Bata Foundation
International consultant and digital marketing expert
Consultant for system families and management
Alfredo de Massis
Professor of entrepreneurship and family business
Family business expert
Andragogist and psychotherapist
IBR expert and former chairman of the board of Skanska PL, SK and CR
Trainer of communication, management and business skills
State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy
Jiří and Eva Grund
Family company Grund
Founder of ALBIXON
Quality lectures, new inspirations and opportunities for networking
What News Did the Congress Bring in 2023?
Two days in a private company
The Château premises are exclusively reserved for congress participants, including private gardens and the castle park.
Evening program and after party
A dinner, cultural program, and tasting of branded Slovak wines will continue after the end of the official part of the event.
New lecture format
We connected experts with family businesses for a practical demonstration of generational exchange procedures.
Ceremonial signing of the family constitution
For the first time in Slovakia, there will be a public ceremonial signing of the family constitution.
Enjoy an evening in the company of members of family businesses, during quality conversations and in the luxurious environment of Château Bela.
Across four congress editions, 138 expert-led workshops addressed key family business challenges, offering practical advice and actionable steps.
See below the workshops that took place during the 2023 Congress.
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Experience a day dedicated to family businesses
Join other family businesses and be inspired by Slovak and foreign speakers.
Included in the Ticket Price
✔️ Entry to the congress in the Château Bela
✔️ Participation in three out of ten expert workshops
✔️ Refreshments during the entire congress
✔️ Lunch and dinner (buffet style)
✔️ Evening cultural program
✔️ Tasting of branded Slovak wines
✔️ Beer workshop with non-alcoholic brewery NILIO
✔️ Porsche test drives
✔️ Ceremonial signing of the family constitution
✔️ Theatre play
✔️ After party in the luxurious premises of the mansion
✔️ Networking with family businesses owners and members
✔️ Use of private gardens and castle park
✔️ Relax by the outdoor pool
✔️ Hotel cinema for the youngest generation
Accommodation and transport are not included in the ticket price.
What Did the Guests of Previous Congresses Say?
"An excellent opportunity to learn something new, to be inspired by companies that work and are successful, to meet people who know what they are doing, can give advice and can show what doesn't/does work. It's also great that people are open to broad topics and don't have the problem to share one's experiences, because the whole event hints at it and there is space for it, and everyone feels that way."
Martin Kamas, Galvex
"Erika, today's conference also shows that you have a "nose" for people (i.e. a good 6th sense). You are a great team, highly professional work, a wonderful experience. I have my fingers crossed for you. Topics with great potential. Many thanks!"
Alena Hrčková, Centrum emočného zdravia a edukácie
"Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this great event. Fantastic, professional speakers and many useful ideas that can support our business in the long term. I participated in various discussions and met new people who face similar challenges. You are doing a great job, Erika. Wish you all the best for the next years."
Bea Liščík Mayer, FLORIL
"Hello, I'd like to thank you and encourage you in the next editions. It's an exceptional idea with exceptional people. It's great to watch enthusiastic speakers. Really professional in terms of content, structure, and system. But above all, the topic of a family business, it's amazing that someone is doing "something". I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and I wish you much success."
Miroslav Kvapil, Agnes Optik
"I also add a "big thank you" for the inspiring topics and practical advice on where to move in the area of succession in our family business. I wish you a lot of strength and inspiration in the Institute's further activities."
Zuzana Bobuľová, RUDOS RUŽOMBEROK, s.r.o.
"Fantastic event. Very interesting topic. It is very important to understand in detail how family businesses work in order to improve, expand and sustain businesses that have been in this area for many generations. Congratulations."
Davide Beccarisi, Links Management and Technology SpA
"Let me also take this opportunity to thank you very much for the invitation, for our cooperation and for the opportunity to be personally at the event dedicated to family businesses. My colleague and I enjoyed it very much, the lectures were interesting and I must say that the demonstration of the family council was original for me and also a funny moment - at the same time, a great guide on how to present the topic in a light-hearted way. The number of guests indicates that the topic resonates and you have a huge part in it. The next year will certainly be just as enticing."
Ivana Kompasová, Nadácia Pontis
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