Many international associations support the global economy in Hungary with professional English-speaking business events and regular get-togethers of Budapest-based expats. While some of these groups are the local representatives of specific countries, their events, conferences, and seminars are often open to participants from all over the world, and they even organize leisurely programs, like business meet-ups, dinner parties, or hikes, all of which are ideal for casual networking, meeting fellow expats, or just enjoying a relaxed time in varied settings of the Magyar metropolis.
AmCham Hungary events
Promoting American, international, and local business interests in Budapest, AmCham Hungary offers a powerful platform for companies with select discussions headed by world-class speakers, top business executives, and government officials to deliver exclusive insight and perspectives on a variety of topics that are relevant to Hungary’s economy. Additionally, AmCham Hungary holds various seminars and social events to share views, business practices, and common interests among the members of the association and outsiders. AmCham hosts lots of events throughout the year, including the upcoming Business Forum with the Mayor of Budapest István Tarlós on May 19th, while on June 8th the panoramic High Note SkyBar of Aria Hotel provides casual Business After Hours with opportunities for informal networking over tasty snacks and refreshing drinks.
Brain Bar Budapest
Happening across multiple locations in downtown Budapest during June 2-4, the second edition of the Brain Bar Budapest festival brings esteemed thinkers from around the world to the Hungarian capital for future-focused presentations and debates – including Canadian astronaut and former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield, or Californian philosopher Virginia Postrel. In cooperation with Google as a key sponsor, this year Brain Bar Budapest enhances discussion topics like “human vs. artificial intelligence” and “wars vs. video games”. Those who attend also enjoy an unparalleled opportunity to network with some of the world’s greatest thinkers during numerous informal discussions and get-togethers held throughout the weekend-long proceedings at Design Terminal and Akvárium Klub.
Budapest Business Party
Celebrating its 5th birthday on June 3rd this year, the Budapest Business Party is an unconventional networking event organized annually by ITL Group – a Budapest-based Italian consulting company – for creating business networking opportunities amid an informal environment. Gaining widespread popularity and success year after year, in 2015 the Budapest Business Party welcomed 42 companies and around 1,700 guests, representing local and global organizations, like Ferrari, Vodafone, Fiat, Alitalia, and Raiffeisen Bank, while this upcoming invitation-only bash organized aboard Európa Boat is set to offer another great gig with cheerful prize games and breezy entertainment. To participate, advance registration or an invitation from a participating company is required; check out the official event website for more details.
Budapest Inc. events
Budapest Inc. is an online platform featuring news, events, cultural happenings, and business initiatives relevant for Budapest’s expat community, but besides the informative digital content, the association frequently hosts public events in different pubs and eateries across the city, like the Budapest Inc. Reconnect Party coming up on May 12th to open the summer season. Those who wish to get in touch with Budapest Inc. members, or who simply want to expand their network of friends and business partners in the Hungarian capital, are welcome to join at 7:30pm at Szomszéd (Budapest 1075, Dob Street 16) in downtown Budapest’s Gozsdu Udvar – welcome drinks will be offered for those who arrive before 8:30pm.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary events
With over 20 years of history here in Budapest, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCCH) aims to expand business relations between Canada and Hungary, with activities including trade-program seminars, various networking events, and consulting services, all this with the true Canadian spirit of fun and eagerness. Supporting these initiatives, CCCH has numerous programs throughout the year available for both members and non-members of the organization, like business seminars, conferences, and social gatherings, while some of the most prominent happenings in 2016 include a Concert Dinner with renowned Hungarian pianist Mr. Ádám György on May 12th at the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, the Canadian Steak Barbecue Party on June 2nd at the Larus Restaurant (where guests will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation), or one of CCCH’s most popular events, the Traditional Lobster Dinner on November 5th, organized at the InterContinental Hotel.
Irish-Hungarian Business Circle events
Established in 2005, the Irish-Hungarian Business Circle (IHBC) is set to develop business partnerships, social networks, and cultural interaction between Ireland and Hungary as the contact point for local Hungarian and Irish businesses, while connecting Irish expats living in Hungary. For IHBC First Friday, held every Friday of each month – with the next gathering scheduled on May 6th – members and non-members of the association head out to Jack Doyle’s Pub in Budapest to let loose over a few pints, while these laid-back nights out being perfect for establishing new contacts within the Budapest business scene. Other significant programs by IHBC include Speed Business Meetings (with the next event happening on May 24th in the Sofitel Hotel Budapest), or the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Gala Dinner, where guests rejoice amid Irish music, dance, food, and drinks.
+1 Afterwork in Budapest
Those who want to leave work-related thoughts behind can let off some steam on Thursdays after office hours, when a hard-working crowd unites at local pubs to enjoy a free welcome shot followed by inexpensive drinks with a wristband that provides special discounts, at this post-work jamboree originating from the London business scene. Happening in downtown Budapest’s Paulay Ede Street inside Anker’t, these casual and rather loosely organized get-togethers of Budapest-based expats kick off every Thursday at 6pm and stretch until about 10pm (or even longer). Afterwork in Budapest was recently launched by International Meeting Point (IMP) – a local association organizing free networking events on a regular basis for internationals living in Budapest, and for locals who want to improve their language skills or just simply mingle with a global community… and while this initiative would be greatly improved by a host or a hostess with strong English-language skills at the “check-in” counter, these events are still enjoyed by participating expats. Visit IMP’s Facebook page for more details about upcoming events, and to subscribe for Afterwork in Budapest. via welovebudapest.com