Program

“Mastering Future Challenges Together” – why did we choose this as our guiding principle this year? The aim is to solve the major issues such as climate change and its effects on humanity and economies, digital transformation, labour shortages through the responsible use of technologies and sustainable entrepreneurial action.

We need to invest in forward-looking and worthwhile ideas and enable people to handle these demanding tasks well.

Get a first overview of our program – and be curious about upcomming slots and captivating speakers during the next weeks.

Philipp Gerbert

appliedAI by UnternehmerTUM

Dr. Philipp Gerbert is future shaper UnternehmerTUM and director of appliedAI. Beyond artificial intelligence, he has made significant contributions to quantum computing in business, including widely acclaimed reviews of the field. In a separate vein, he is committed to driving climate action and was the lead author of “Klimapfade für Deutschland” (BDI/BCG/Prognos) – the most comprehensive study on how to decarbonize a country without hurting the economy.

Before UnternehmerTUM Philipp worked at BCG and other companies, focusing on technology-driven business transformation on both sides of the Atlantic, including Silicon Valley. By background Philipp is a quantum physicist, received his master from the LMU Munich/Max-Planck Institute and his Ph.D. from MIT in Cambridge, USA. 

Keynote

Quantum Computing – status, potential and Munich’s options

Raphael Gielgen

Vitra

Raphael Gielgen is trendscout “future of work” at Vitra. He has spent most of his professional life working on making the office environment a better place. His irrepressible curiosity, his restless quest for explanations, and his delight at upending everything can occasionally make him an uncomfortable companion. When he appears at the office after returning from a long trip, he recounts things that sound more like a virtual utopia than a reality that has been experienced. He visits over 100 companies in a single year. His work informs Vitra´s approach to improving the quality of offices and public spaces through the power of design by serving the varied Vitra team with the results of his observations and cognitions by trend clusters, market analysis and business cases. Keep up the good work!

Marco Görgmaier

BMW Group

Marco C. Görgmaier – head of DevOps platform, cloud technologies – is responsible for driving the strategic cloud-native platform approach of the BMW Group forward to transform the software application landscape. Marco joined the BMW Group in 2013 as an IT specialist. In 2015 he was assigned to develop the IT strategy of the BMW Group and was appointed head of strategic planning & innovation management two years later.

In 2019 he became head of cloud enabling, before he took over the global responsibility for BMW’s DevOps cloud platform. Marco holds a degree in business informatics at the University of Reading (UK) and started his professional career at Audi AG in 2010 as an international trainee. Marco is also a co-founder of the Munich based recommerce-startup Bonavendi.

Panel with impulse

Business for purpose

Ferry Heilemann

Freighthub

Ferry Heilemann is innovator, investor, founder and CEO at Freighthub. In 2009 he and his brother Fabian founded DailyDeal – the first European couponing portal – sold it to Google in 2011 and subsequently worked for Google. In early 2013 Ferry and Fabian repurchased DailyDeal from Google, turned it profitable and sold it again in late 2015. In early 2016 Ferry co-founded FreightHub – the digital Freight Forwarder (>250 employees, >75m USD funding), which he is leading as CEO. Ferry also conducted 25+ early-stage investments between 2011 and 2015 and has been venture partner with Earlybird Venture Capital since 2016.

On a personal level, Ferry is passionate about finding the most impactful ways to fight the climate crisis and create a sustainable society – he is co-founder and vice president of Leaders for Climate Action.

Keynote

It’s time for action!

Thomas Hofmann

Technical University of Munich

Prof. Thomas Hofmann is president of the Technical University of Munich and since October 2019 also a member of the UnternehmerTUM supervisory board. The experienced university manager has held the position of senior vice president research and innovation at TUM since 2009. He made a significant contribution to TUM’s success in the Excellence Initiative, especially in developing the internationally acclaimed “TUM Faculty Tenure Track” recruitment and career system. Under his guidance, TUM also became Germany’s top university for the establishment of startups. As the holder of the chair of food chemistry and molecular sensory science Prof. Hofmann has received multiple awards for his research and teaching. In October 2019, Hofmann took over from Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, whose far-reaching reforms in his 24-year tenure saw TUM rise to international top level.

© Image of Thomas Hofmann: Astrid Eckert / TUM

Moritz Hunger

Digital Transformation GIZ

Moritz Hunger works as a GIZ project manager for the Digital Transformation Centre of the German Development Ministry (BMZ) in Tunisia, facilitating Tunisian and German companies to co-create digital solutions.

Previously, he advised the BMZ on topics such as digital entrepreneurship and the future of work in the development context and supported companies looking to invest in Western Africa.

Moritz is passionate about the creation of local innovation through digital technologies.

Panel with impulse

Business for purpose

Susanne Klatten

Supervisory Board of UnternehmerTUM

Susanne Klatten is managing director of SKion GmbH, a strategic investment company wholly owned by her. Susanne is holding seats on supervisory boards of companies affiliated to SKion and to her family (SGL Carbon SE; ALTANA AG; BMW AG).

She also chairs the supervisory board of UnternehmerTUM GmbH, an entrepreneurship centre empowering students and academics to realize their startup projects. In 2012 she launched Stiftung Nantesbuch, a charitable foundation dedicated to cultural and ecological education.

Ragnar Kruse

AI for Hamburg

Ragnar Kruse is founder of AI for Hamburg GmbH and CEO of AI Invest GmbH. Previously he was CEO and co-founder of Smaato. From 2005 to 2019, he built Smaato into the leading global real-time mobile advertising platform with over 90,000 mobile publishers delivering advertising to over one billion unique mobile users worldwide each month using AI in many parts of Smaato’s platform. Before Smaato, in 2004, he set up and sold an AI spinoff of the DFKI in Saarbrücken. From 1996 to 1999, Ragnar built Intershop Communications as part of the executive team from startup to IPO from 5 to 1,000 employees.

As a serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the IT sector, Ragnar knows and understands the special challenges involved in bringing new technologies to market.

Andreas Kunze

KONUX

Andreas Kunze is the CEO and co-founder of KONUX and also one of Germany’s leading AI experts. He studied information systems at TUM and Stanford University. In 2016, Andreas was the youngest CEO on Capital magazine’s “40 under 40 entrepreneurs” list. In 2017, he was selected “Top 30 under 30 – Europe” by Forbes magazine, and in 2018 MIT Technology Review named him as one “Top Innovator under 35 ” in Germany.

He also became part of the “European Young Leader” (EYL40) Program as well as a “European Digital Leader” and the youngest “Global AI Council Member” of the World Economic Forum, which also selected KONUX as one of the world’s 30 most innovative startups and scaleups. Since its foundation in 2014, KONUX has raised more than $50 million from world leading investors.

Christian Mohr

UnternehmerTUM

In 2019, innovation expert Christian Mohr joined the innovation consultancy of UnternehmerTUM as a new partner, who is responsible for established organizations. The graduate in business law strengthens the team in order to find holistic innovation strategy solutions for the German Mittelstand with the help of UnternehmerTUM’s ecosystem.

Christian has more than twelve years of project experience at the advisory firm KPMG. There, he was head of the innovation consulting division which he built up with a focus on technology in Germany. He also co-initiated and managed the global innovation advisory network of the consulting company. Christian has also made a name for himself as a tech expert as an internationally sought-after author of specialist books, among others on the subject of “Digitization of the Legal Market”.

Discussion

How can you contribute to the digital future of German Mittelstand - different perspectives

Gunda Opitz

UnternehmerTUM

Gunda Opitz is head of Entrepreneurial Network at UnternehmerTUM. She has been with UnternehmerTUM since its beginnings in the year 2002. She strongly believes in the power of entrepreneurship as a game changer for the challenges of our time. In 2009 she founded the Entrepreneurial Network section and – with her team – successfully provides the launch pad for international startup teams with a deep tech focus.

She previously worked as a freelancer for a range of organizations, developing and implementing innovation projects and tools. Gunda holds a diploma in architecture and in business administration.

Panel with impulse

Business for purpose

Alexander Pohl

Celus

Alexander Pohl is the CTO of Celos, formerly Contunity. He grew up in in the municipality of Heldenstein in Bavaria. After finishing his school education at the Gymnasium Gars in 2010 he started studying aerospace engineering at the Technical University Munich. In 2016 he graduated as a master of science. In parallel he also studied business at TUM, with a focus on entrepreneurship.

When his brother Tobias Pohl told him about the difference in software and hardware engineering, the idea of founding a startup quickly grew on them. After founding Celos, they were joined by the third founder, André Alcalde, and are now driving the revolution in electronics engineering.

Panel with impulse

Business for purpose

Joscha Raue

Think-it

Joscha Raue is an entrepreneur and lifelong learner. He is the co-founder of Think-it, an engineering collective based in Tunisia on a mission to unlock human potential with technology with partners around the world. Driven by the vision of a sustainable future in which all humans thrive in balance with our planet, Joscha mobilizes technical talent and collaborates with innovators across the world on creating and implementing impact-driven solutions that leverage AI and Cloud.

With his non-profit Kulimi he is supporting projects that leverage technology to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Besides his daily work he is excited about exploring human consciousness and the power it has not only as a source of personal wellbeing but also to solve our truly big problems.

Panel with impulse

Business for purpose

Hanno Renner

Personio

Hanno Renner is the CEO and co-founder of Personio, a company that provides recruiting and HR management software. After his bachelor’s degree in business administration and engineering, he successfully completed his master’s degree in Munich, Auckland and New York. Since 2015 Hanno has been preoccupied with digitizing the HR departments of small and medium enterprises by developing the HR Operating System Personio together with his team in Munich. Having sailed around the world as a professional skipper, Hanno is accustomed to assuming responsibility for challenging endeavors.

Marc-David Rompf

dla digital leaders advisory

Marc-David Rompf is co-founder of dla digital leaders advisory, a Top Management Executive Search boutique. He is specialized in filling top management roles in business & professional services companies and data driven startups. As an expert on leadership development, Marc deals with the question of what makes people in lead positions perform at peak levels and what behavioral parameters are relevant to success. He is a psychologist (master of science) with basic training in systemic consulting as well as a certified business coach.

Amel Saidane

Tunisian Startups Association

Amel Saidane is an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder and digital transformation expert. She is the president of Tunisian Startups Association, which gives a voice to Tunisian startups. Being a co-founder of BetaCube, a venture builder in mobility solutions, she is an innovation and digital transformation activist acting as a board member for the Digital Center of Excellence of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She is also a member of the BMW Responsible Leaders Network, and a fellow of the BMW Ready-Go program.

Amel is an engineer in electro-technics, qualified from the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, she also holds a master’s of science in business in digital economy from the University of Maryland.

Panel with impulse

Business for purpose

Helmut Schönenberger

UnternehmerTUM

Leading promising startups to success, inspiring people for innovation and entrepreneurship – that is the passion of Prof. Dr. Helmut Schönenberger, co-founder and CEO of UnternehmerTUM GmbH. As an aerospace engineer and investor, he pursues the goal of supporting scalable high-tech startups, founders and scientists from the initial idea to the successful product.

He is particularly focused on additive manufacturing / 3D printing and smart city solutions. In 2019 he was appointed honorary professor at the TUM Entrepreneurship Research Institute (TUM ERI) of the TUM School of Management, followed by the appointment as vice president entrepreneurship in January 2020.

Martin Stuchtey

SYSTEMIQ

Prof. Dr. Martin R. Stuchtey is the co-founder and managing partner of SYSTEMIQ, an organisation driving system change in clean energy, circular material solutions and sustainable land use. By addressing market failures in these areas, SYSTEMIQ aims to unlock economic opportunities that benefit business, society and the environment.
Prior to founding SYSTEMIQ, Martin worked at McKinsey for 20 years, most recently as director of the Center for Business and Environment. In 2006, Martin Stuchtey co-founded McKinsey’s Sustainability Practice, working with numerous corporate, government and social sector clients on the challenges of climate change, water scarcity, ocean degradation and resource depletion.
He is a professor for resource strategy and management at Innsbruck University. He is married and has six children, he lives at Lake Starnberg in Germany and on his organic farm in Kollreid, Tirol.

Keynote

Redefining growth in the 21st century

Rüdiger Trojok

UnternehmerTUM

Rüdiger Trojok, diplom biologist, is a researcher, technology consultant and author of educational science literature. At UnternehmerTUM, he leads the synthetic biology innovation lab Bio.Kitchen, where he teaches rapid prototyping to merge AI, robotics and biology. He studied systems and synthetic biology at the Universities of Potsdam, Copenhagen (DTU) and Freiburg and worked as a consultant on biohacking and synthetic biology for the Office for Technology Assessment by the German Parliament  (TAB) and for the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT-ITAS). He invented a novel contraceptive method based on genetically altered lactic acid bacteria and is the founder of the startup Medea Phage Pharm, which automates therapeutic phage screening.

Workshop

Bio.Kitchen: rapid prototyping for the life sciences

Johannes von Borries

UVC Partners

Johannes von Borries is managing partner at Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners. He loves to see new technologies and products entering the market. One of his most memorable moments was the day when he received the first order for an inspection system his former company, Nanda Technologies, had developed.

Now, as an investor, he enjoys supporting teams to achieve this same moment and to grow their company beyond it. With many years’ experience in the VC industry and being a successful founder himself, he is well-acquainted with the ups and downs of a startup.

Panel with impulse

Venture Capital - a force for sustainable capitalism?

David Wang

Huawei Berlin Office

David Wang is representative of Huawei Berlin Office. He joined Huawei in 1998 and has worked in China, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia and Australia. David worked as a sales manager and later as a director. In January 2008 David was appointed director of public relations for the South Pacific Region.  In 2009 David became managing director of sales and business for Australia & New Zealand. 

He was appointed president of global government affairs in May 2013. In July 2015, David was appointed as CEO of Huawei UAE. In April of 2018, he was transferred to Huawei Germany as deputy CEO. In August 2019, David was appointed as chief representative of Huawei Berlin Office. David graduated from Northern Jiaotong University, China where he received his master’s degree in enterprise management.

Alexander Wottrich

Truma

Alexander Wottrich is CEO of the Truma Group and Truma Gerätetechnik GmbH & Co. KG, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of leisure products for caravans and motorhomes. He works with his global teams to provide quality experience to campers.

His career started as a product developer with Hilti. By founding his own digital agency and taking over a large online travel platform, Alexander has gained experience and valuable knowledge in digital tech and entrepreneurship outside the family business. Besides this he had worked in various roles in Truma since he was 16.

Alexander took on the CEO position in January 2018. He is convinced that the privilege goes hand in hand with the responsibility to preserve and develop the company, its brands and jobs further, to bring the company to the next generation.

Discussion

How can you contribute to the digital future of German Mittelstand - different perspectives

Miki Yokoyama

UnternehmerTUM

At UnternehmerTUM, Miki Yokoyama heads operations at TechFounders, the startup accelerator brand of UnternehmerTUM, and RESPOND, the impact accelerator by the BMW Foundation and UnternehmerTUM. Further, she is working on the integration of sustainability issues across the VC investment process as well as on how considering sustainability topics can become mainstream for startups. 

Miki started her career in the corporate strategy and sustainability division of the BMW Group and also worked several years for the Boston Consulting Group, mainly advising automotive companies on business strategies and digital transformation.

Panel with impulse

Venture Capital - a force for sustainable capitalism?

Keynote

It’s time for action!

We have a vision for Germany 2035: Supplied by 100% renewable energies, digital and climate neutral. With our digital competence, we see it as our responsibility to promote new technologies – both through our know-how as well as in financial... Read More

We have a vision for Germany 2035: Supplied by 100% renewable energies, digital and climate neutral. With our digital competence, we see it as our responsibility to promote new technologies – both through our know-how as well as in financial aspects. Climate protection is an opportunity for the German economy to become a technological pioneer again, to create jobs and to strengthen Germany as a business location.

We are not perfect, but we are on our way and determined to help shaping change in the long term. Every day we are taking concrete measures to bring the companies we manage more and more in the direction of climate neutrality and sustainability. We also want to convince other entrepreneurs to become Leaders for Climate Action and to become active supporters of our vision.

Keynote

Quantum Computing – status, potential and Munich’s options

Quantum engineering has left the lab and is entering the business world. Arguably the most disruptive sub-field is quantum computing. After Google’s superb demonstration of “Quantum Supremacy”, we are entering a highly promising,... Read More

Quantum engineering has left the lab and is entering the business world. Arguably the most disruptive sub-field is quantum computing. After Google’s superb demonstration of “Quantum Supremacy”, we are entering a highly promising, albeit a bit messy, era of “Noisy Intermediate-Stage Quantum” (NISQ) – where nothing is certain, but experimental opportunities abound. Perhaps surprisingly, some early targets could strongly support climate action. Munich, in spite of its enviable scientific power, has so far not made any commercial impact in this field. UnternehmerTUM, jointly with TUM and other organizations, is exploring ways to change this.

Discussion

How can you contribute to the digital future of German Mittelstand - different perspectives

The German Mittelstand is facing the great challenge called “digitization”. Many have already tackled the issue, but many more have not yet done so due to uncertainty. Within the scope of this slot, we want to illuminate different... Read More

The German Mittelstand is facing the great challenge called “digitization”. Many have already tackled the issue, but many more have not yet done so due to uncertainty. Within the scope of this slot, we want to illuminate different perspectives and show how concrete first steps can be taken.

Tunisia has a lot to offer with its high number of IT professionals and workforce, competitive wage costs and a well-developed IT infrastructure. Nevertheless, the Tunisian digital ecosystem is still largely unknown in Europe. The German Federal... Read More

Tunisia has a lot to offer with its high number of IT professionals and workforce, competitive wage costs and a well-developed IT infrastructure. Nevertheless, the Tunisian digital ecosystem is still largely unknown in Europe. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports Tunisia by initiatives and projects promoting Tunisia’s growing digital ecosystem, therefore strengthening local economy, creating new jobs and hindering the so-called brain drain. Supported by BMZ, UnternehmerTUM together with partners recently started the project “Tech216” – a co-creation platform aiming to connect German and Tunisian companies, creating new business and achieving a win-win situation for both partners.

This panel will be opened with an impulse by Moritz Hunger, GIZ project manager for the Digital Transformation Centre of the German Development Ministry (BMZ) in Tunisia.

Workshop

Bio.Kitchen: rapid prototyping for the life sciences

Bio.Kitchen is a testbed for the lab of the future: A lean, automated and user friendly laboratory enabling the biological transformation of technology for the 21st century. It offers innovators in life science, biotechnology, chemistry and medtech... Read More

Bio.Kitchen is a testbed for the lab of the future: A lean, automated and user friendly laboratory enabling the biological transformation of technology for the 21st century. It offers innovators in life science, biotechnology, chemistry and medtech free space for their own experimentation with state of the art technology. The Bio.Kitchen laboratory is targeted towards biohackers, entrepreneurs and any curious mind who is in their early stage of ideation and prototyping of a life science innovation. The unique environment supports high-tech communities, overachieving individuals and teams.

A curated and unique bio- and chem-tech library harbors all materials and tools inventors in the life science needs: everything from pipettes, reagents, lab on a chip technology till DNA printing and sequencing.

Keynote

Redefining growth in the 21st century

We need a new paradigm in economic growth and vision a decoupled system in which economy and well-being flourish, whereas resources use and environmental pressures are minimized. Our current economies are stressing Earth’s natural systems through... Read More

We need a new paradigm in economic growth and vision a decoupled system in which economy and well-being flourish, whereas resources use and environmental pressures are minimized. Our current economies are stressing Earth’s natural systems through excessive energy and raw materials consumption. Shifting towards the regenerative economic system requires not only technology innovations but also systemic changes. The circular economy is the new principle for business sustainability involving product design, business models and policy. Martin Stuchtey will also highlight the comprehensive “menu” of business actions to align with the Paris Climate Agreement and how it will create disruption across different business sectors.

Panel with impulse

Venture Capital - a force for sustainable capitalism?

The topic of sustainability has been gaining incredible attention recently. In the startup and venture capital world, the topic has been largely untouched until last year and has been mainly focused on climate change and CO2 issues in the debates.... Read More

The topic of sustainability has been gaining incredible attention recently. In the startup and venture capital world, the topic has been largely untouched until last year and has been mainly focused on climate change and CO2 issues in the debates. In this panel, we want to explore what sustainability actually means for startups and venture capitalists, what the key levers are, and how leading VCs are approaching the topic.

The panel will start with two short impulses by Miki Yokoyama, who will present UnternehmerTUM’s latest research on the state of sustainability in startups as well as by Johannes von Borries, who will introduce UVC’s approach to sustainability.

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