Building Bridges

As we prepare for the inevitable changes still to come and the complexity of the global challenges facing us, our spirit of collaboration and forward-looking position will be critical for developing scalable solutions and impact. And where better could we do that, if not amongst the best young social innovators coming from 20+ countries? ‘Building Bridges’ – as part of the SIA Summit 2018 – brings together and engages policymakers, business stakeholders, opinion leaders and young social innovators, covering all levels in the innovation and impact-driven economy.



Beyond the “Usual Formats” & “Usual Suspects”

Inspired by SDG 17 and global trends on innovation and impact, for the first time this year, we will open the doors of SIA Summit to a number of impact-oriented partners interested in fostering greater strategic collaboration between and amongst business, government and social sectors. SIA Summit will host a special one day track designed to provide hands-on action and connection to 100+ most innovative young social innovators from  over 20 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. Moreover, ‘Building Bridges’ will serve as an initial point of connection for various stakeholder groups, beyond the “usual suspects” and “usual formats” – sparking new ideas and partnerships in the impact field!

The track is scheduled for November 9th, 2018‘Building Bridges’ is an invitation-only event. If you are interested to learn more, please contact Bistra Kumbaroska, Partnership Manager at SIA International and your host in Tbilisi (


Who will you meet?

  • 50+ social entrepreneurs from 20+ countries (To get inspired, check out the past winners of SIA in our Book of Inspiration)
  • Foundations and international organisations
  • Policy makers from the innovation field
  • Academia
  • All SIA licensees from Europe, Africa and Asia


Agenda at a glance

Thursday, November 8th serves as the day of arrival for all participants of ‘Building Bridges’. We await you gladly at the event location, where you have the opportunity to chill out in our SIA lounge, do some work, or stroll around the city. In the evening, we will meet for an unofficial welcome dinner and get to know, enjoying some drinks and Georgian food. Please find more details of the agenda below.

Thursday, November 8th

All day | Arrival & Free Time

19:00 | Welcome Dinner & Get-to-know

20:00 | Fireside Talks

Friday, November 9th

07:00 - 09:00 | Breakfast

09:00 - 10:00 | Impact Partnerships
The first session of the day is dedicated exclusively to participants of 'Building Bridges', focusing on getting to know each other and framing the flow of the day.

10:00 - 12:30 | Partner Hack
In a 2,5 hours session, participants of the Global Partners Track will dive into a dynamic process of mentoring and working with young social innovators.

12:30 - 13:30 | Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:00 | Global goals: Best practices from the field
After working with the social innovators from different corners, the participants of Global Partners Track will join another round of sessions dedicated to the role we play in terms of the global goals, ecosystem building and working towards joint solutions.

15:00 - 16:00 | Partnership Building Exercise
Finalizing the day with a partnership building exercise where we will practice and learn about different levels and ways of collaborating.

16:00 - 17:00 | Closing Ceremony
SIA Summit official closing ceremony will celebrate the success of all participants and highlight inspiring insights from the past days in a panel discussion.

18:30 | Dinner

19:30 | Global Village
Enjoying and learning from the diversity of cultures at SIA Summit, through food, drinks and music.

21:30 | Grand After Party

Saturday, November 10th

Until 12:00 | Breakfast

12:00 - 15:00 | Sightseeing Tour


Event Location

The SIA Summit 2018 will be held at Fabrika, a multifunctional urban complex located in the historical part of Tbilisi. 

Fabrika is a space for rebellious minds to create and share. Once a soviet sewing factory has been revived and transformed into a multi-functional urban space bringing together enthusiastic individuals ready to stretch their minds with new exhilarating experiences. The space now continues its life as the popular hotspot that unites urban style cafes and bars, artist studios and shops, educational institutions, co-working space, the biggest in the region hostel and mind blowing open space courtyard. Fabrika is the creative center of Tbilisi with a very unique atmosphere. We can’t wait to welcome you at Fabrika!



A place for rebellious minds to create and share

8 Egnate Ninoshvili St
Tbilisi 0102


Contact Persons

Our Summit team is working like crazy to make the event an experience, which you will never forget. Here are those team members that serve as contact persons for you. Please read carefully their responsibilities to make sure that you end up at the right person. We can’t wait to welcome you in Tbilisi!

Toni ChungWinners Track Lead

Toni serves as Lead Facilitator and Event Designer at SIA International. Reach out to him for any questions regarding the Summit's winners track.

Send Toni an email

Ana JanosevTeam Track Lead

Ana serves as Community Manager of SIA International. Reach out to her for any questions regarding the content of the team track for SIA organizers.

Send Ana an email


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Bistra KumbaroskaPartnership Track Lead

Bistra serves as Partnership & Scaling Manager of SIA International. Reach out to her for any questions regarding the partnership track.

Send Bistra an email


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Tamara JibutiHead of Logistics

Tamara from the SIA Georgia team manages all the summit logistics. Reach out to her for any questions on travels, visa, accommodation or other logistical topics.

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