Program 2020

Even though we had to cancel the Forum UnternehmerTUM 2020, we would still like to provide you with impulses on various topics. That is why we are pleased to invite you to our new digital event series U Talk.

“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 an overview of our program – and be curious about upcomming slots and captivating speakers.

Jack Fuchs

Stanford University

Jack Fuchs is an Investor, Global Entrepreneur, and Lecturer. His current roles include VC Partner, Board Representative, CFO, and Advisor positions with IT, Med-Tech, and clean tech businesses. He is an Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship at Stanford University and is empowering future entrepreneurs in UnternehmerTUM’s Academy for Innovators. As a mentor, Jack helps entrepreneurs to establish the best version of Silicon Valley wherever they are, and conducts workshops in Entrepreneurship around the world.

Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences with honors from Dartmouth College “magna cum laude” and “phi beta kappa”, and he received his master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University as an “Arjay Miller Scholar”.

Panel

Learning transformation

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

Philipp Hartmann

UnternehmerTUM

Philipp Hartmann serves appliedAI as director of AI strategy. Prior to joining appliedAI, he spent four years at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant. Philipp holds a PhD from Technical University of Munich where he investigated factors of competitive advantage in artificial intelligence.

Panel

The state of German AI startups

Ferry Heilemann

Forto

Ferry is serial-entrepreneur, Climate Activist and early stage Investor.
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 (>300 employees, >75m USD funding), which he was leading as CEO. From 2020 he is Chairman of the Board.
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

Anna Hörmann

Hörmann Gruppe

As head of strategic development at the Hörmann Gruppe, Anna Hörmann is responsible for corporate strategy, including the recent launch of a corporate digitalization pilot. After completing her master’s at the Technical University of Munich in business and mechanical engineering, Anna worked in management consulting at goetzpartners for a few years before joining the family business in 2018.

Hörmann Gruppe is a mid-cap industrial holding with 27 affiliates operating in the automotive sector, engineering, communication technology and industrial services. The group offers a diverse range of products and services, from sheet metal components for utility vehicles to complex logistic concepts as well as solutions for critical infrastructure and industrial services for manufacturers.

Panel

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

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.

Tina Klüwer

parlamind

Dr. Tina Klüwer is CEO and founder of parlamind. She spent ten years researching and publishing on the topics of chatbots, dialogue systems and text analysis. Tina earned her doctorate in computational linguistics at Saarland University and worked at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, the University of Bonn and the Free University of Berlin. She is a board member of the AI Federal Association, associate of Discourse Research Lab of the University of Potsdam and a member of the AI Enquete Commission of the Bundestag.

Since 2015 together with her team of AI experts she successfully develops and markets automation solutions under the parlamind brand for more quality and efficiency in customer service.

Panel

The state of German AI startups

Dieter Kraft

TRUMPF Venture

Dr. Dieter Kraft has been CEO of the corporate venture company of the TRUMPF Group since 2018. Previously, he worked as a partner in the corporate venture unit of Bosch and managed various operational areas, including an internal startup, which is now the business unit for e-mobility at Bosch.

Dieter grew up in an entrepreneurial family and, after studying physics in Frankfurt and Darmstadt, held various operational positions in research and development. He takes particular pleasure in building innovative companies or supporting entrepreneurs in doing so.

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.

Nicole Langrock

KI.NRW

Nicole Langrock has been managing director of KI.NRW at the Fraunhofer Institute IAIS since 2019. KI.NRW is the competence platform of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) with the aim to develop NRW into one of Germany’s leading locations for applied artificial intelligence.

After completing her master studies in economics and civil engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Nicole started her professional career as deputy manager for flood protection and disaster control management at the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). From 2013 to 2017 she was executive assistant to the CEO of HPA and managed the strategic projects as smartPORT and chainPORT. 2017 Nicole began building a digital transformation unit within HPA, raising digital awareness, connecting relevant stakeholders and managing digital projects.

Andreas Liebl

UnternehmerTUM

Dr. Andreas Liebl, managing director of UnternehmerTUM GmbH, is responsible, among other things, for setting up the appliedAI initiative with partners such as Google and NVIDIA. With 50 partners, the initiative is already one of the largest initiatives in Europe in the field of applied artificial intelligence and answers the organisational, technological and strategic questions of companies with regards to the application of AI.

Before joining UnternehmerTUM, he worked for McKinsey for five years and did his PhD at the Entrepreneurship Research Institute at the Technical University of Munich. In his doctoral thesis, he accompanied 120 startups for one year and examined their corporate culture and identity.

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”.

Panel

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

Frank Niederländer

BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

Dr. Frank Niederländer joined the board of directors of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt in January 2018. He holds a German-French Abitur and a joint degree from Saarland University and the École Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon. After first posts in Paris and Brussels, he began his career with the BMW Group in 1991 in Munich as a member of an international trainee program. His career led him through the corporate divisions of R&D, sales, and corporate and financial planning.

Since 2002, Frank has held various management positions, including in the fields of development strategy, innovation management, international brand strategy, and the product management of the BMW compact class. Being in charge of international restructuring projects as well as other responsibilities allowed him to significantly help shape the BMW Group’s core business.

Keynote

Accelerating responsible leadership

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

Dirk Schmitz

Blackrock

Dirk Schmitz, managing director, is country head of Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe and CEO of Blackrock Asset Management Deutschland AG. He joined Blackrock in January 2018 from Deutsche Bank where, for several years, he led the entire domestic corporate banking & securities division through which the bank bundled its banking and capital markets business for institutional and corporate clients. In his most recent role at Deutsche Bank Dirk was head of the global markets division for Germany. Prior to that he worked for Morgan Stanley for 10 years. Dirk was located in London where he led their structured products salesforce for EMEA as well as in Frankfurt where he served as a board member of Morgan Stanley Bank AG with the responsibility for their markets business in Germany and Austria.

Dirk started his career working for JP Morgan in New York and London in their swaps and derivatives department.

Panel

Re-engineering our financial markets

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?

Panel

Re-engineering our financial markets

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.

Talk

Chinese-German collaboration

Fabian Westerheide

AI for Humans

Fabian J. G. Westerheide, CEO of AI for Humans, is an international expert on artificial intelligence strategy, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Fabian advises governmental institutions including the European Commission, European Space Agency, German parliament, Chinese ministry of technology and departments such as the secretary of defense and foreign ministry, as well as Fortune 500 companies, think-tanks and startups. Furthermore Fabian is host of the annual “Rise of AI”; the European conference for 1000 leaders in AI and managing partner at Asgard – human VC for AI.

Fabian holds a master’s degree in strategic and international management from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Münster (Germany).

Panel

The state of German AI startups

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.

Panel

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

Miki Yokoyama

UnternehmerTUM

At UnternehmerTUM, Miki Yokoyama is Managing Partner at TechFounders, the startup accelerator brand of UnternehmerTUM, and COO of RESPOND, the impact accelerator by the BMW Foundation, operated by 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.

Panel

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.

Panel

Re-engineering our financial markets

The EU has an ambitious agenda to mobilize capital for a 1.5 degree target. At the same time, several investors and asset managers have announced rethinking their investment strategies to encourage sustainability and positive impact. In an era of... Read More

The EU has an ambitious agenda to mobilize capital for a 1.5 degree target. At the same time, several investors and asset managers have announced rethinking their investment strategies to encourage sustainability and positive impact. In an era of historically low interest rates, climate change and political uncertainties – what are the right strategies and what influence can investors actually have to support sustainability?

Keynote

Accelerating responsible leadership

Humankind is facing profound and complex challenges. Climate change is having severe effects on nature and people. Economic systems are rewarding profit while disregarding sustainability and wellbeing. Social, economical, and environmental... Read More

Humankind is facing profound and complex challenges. Climate change is having severe effects on nature and people. Economic systems are rewarding profit while disregarding sustainability and wellbeing. Social, economical, and environmental challenges are growing at a speed not seen before.

The UN 2030 Agenda defines 17 global goals for building a more peaceful, just and sustainable future. They are an urgent call to action. It’s no longer about if we act but how we act.

However, we are lacking widely spread initiatives to guide us into a future worth living. That’s why it´s about how we accelerate the transition towards Responsible Leadership as the new normal.

Talk

Chinese-German collaboration

China and Germany have a long history of fruitful mutual collaboration. In transformative times the nature of relationships is changing. We would like to assess the status quo on Chinese-German collaboration with a focus on innovation and... Read More

China and Germany have a long history of fruitful mutual collaboration. In transformative times the nature of relationships is changing. We would like to assess the status quo on Chinese-German collaboration with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. What are obstacles? What can we learn from each other? Where do we agree to disagree? Look forward to an interesting talk, which is opened by an impulse from David Wang, CEO Huawei Germany.

Panel

Learning transformation

Learning in times of transformation changes radically. The channels and sources for validated and accepted knowledge have shifted thoroughly in the last decade. This specifically affects the role of actors in organizations and universities. Let us... Read More

Learning in times of transformation changes radically. The channels and sources for validated and accepted knowledge have shifted thoroughly in the last decade. This specifically affects the role of actors in organizations and universities. Let us ask the question, what, how and why will we learn in the future? What form of support is needed? What will the role of teachers, leaders, and innovators in this space be?

Panel

The state of German AI startups

Artificial intelligence is one of the key technologies that will drive the upcoming centuries. There is a global competition for dominance with two global leaders emerging: USA and China. So it’s no surprise that the largest and most well-funded... Read More

Artificial intelligence is one of the key technologies that will drive the upcoming centuries. There is a global competition for dominance with two global leaders emerging: USA and China. So it’s no surprise that the largest and most well-funded AI startups are also from there. Although Germany is one of the world’s powerhouses of industry, with a particularly strong network of SMEs, it is underrepresented in the number of top AI startups. So where do German AI startups stand, especially in international comparison? Are there specific technologies/sectors in which German AI startups are stronger? Do startups use the opportunities offered by Germany’s existing industrial strengths?

We’ll discuss these questions and more with some outstanding panelist representing startup founders, VCs and industry experts.

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