"I grew up in Sweden and lived there until Péter Halácsy and Ádám Somlai-Fischer contacted me to co-found Prezi. When I first arrived in Budapest, my uncle picked me up from the airport and took me into the city. During the 25 minute ride to his house, he did not cease talking about how bad everything was here, complaining about the lack of possibilities and success stories from Hungary. He explained to me how lucky I was not to live here. Later, during dinner, I told him that I came to Hungary to establish a company here - so you can imagine his disbelief. Fortunately, Prezi reached global success during these years and I have discovered many similar stories worth sharing.
Optimism is not a sufficient but a necessary condition for success, and it is usually derived from the stories we tell ourselves. In fact, even though success is almost always built by hard work, smart moves and a little luck, many will not even strive to attain success if they don't believe they can achieve it. We're working to contribute to a Hungary that derives confidence from being aware of its ability to achieve results and knowledge. We know this is possible because we've done it."
Péter Árvai, Chairman of Bridge Budapest
We represent a co-operation of entrepreneurs setting out from rapidly developing and internationally successful Hungary, and we strive to improve our world and create jobs with our globally used products and rapidly growing businesses. We believe that we can make a positive contribution through sharing stories of successful Hungarian entrepreneurships. We are a non-profit association, sponsored by our founding companies. The Chair of the Association is Péter Árvai, CEO and co-founder of Prezi.
that with just a single idea, it is possible to create products and enterprises that fulfil the needs of a society and make dreams come true. Fortunately, this does not require any magic, just a lot of work and a little bit of luck. We cannot imagine just how much opportunity there is out there.
offering a fully financed fellowship programme for Hungarian university students (current students and those who have just graduated) and journalists to gain practical experience – and inspiration. We invite students and journalists from around the world to take up fellowships at the founding companies of Bridge Budapest: NNG, Prezi, and Ustream. We would like for our scholarship-holders to then share their experiences with as many people as possible, so that greater numbers will become familiar with our stories, and can inspire others.