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Look forward to “Entrepreneurial Universities – building innovation bridges between the USA and Germany” on April 20, 4 pm.

 

This U Talk is part of the “Transatlantic Innovation Week”. During this week, institutions all over Germany are highlighting German-American leadership in innovation. We are happy to contribute to a virtual program that highlights innovation from various perspectives and to demonstrate the strength of the transatlantic “innovation bridge.”

In the meantime, you can rewatch our previous talks on YouTube.

About U Talk : Constant innovation, finding new solutions, and founding tech businesses – together with our unique network. This has long been our drive and distinguishes us as UnternehmerTUM. And in these unusual times, we see: it also works from home!

Our digital event series U Talk supports these endeavours. Our external guests and UnternehmerTUM experts discuss topics on sustainability in start-ups, international cooperation, artificial intelligence, healthcare, and much more in various online formats.

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Heba Aguib

BMW Foundation

Heba Aguib, Chief Executive RESPOND, joined the BMW Foundation in July 2019 aiming to drive change by strengthening the link between Tech4Good and investors –towards advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She has been a member of the Foundation’s global Responsible Leaders Network since 2017.
Heba played a major role in establishing the Aswan Heart Research Centre in Egypt, as Head of its Biomedical Engineering and Innovation Laboratory and Honorary Fellow at Imperial College London. In 2011, she helped setting up the first satellite campus of a German public university in MENA and Africa as Deputy Managing Director at TU Berlin.
Heba studied Mechanical Engineering and received a doctoral degree in Micro Technology and Medical Device Technology, both at TU München in Germany.

June 16, 2020 Interview

U Talk #5: Global Challenges – how Do We Respond?

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Michael Ardelt

Forto

Dr.Eng. Michael Gerd Ardelt is currently COO of Forto, Europe’s first digital freight forwarding company, building a digital backbone for the multi-trillion global trade market. The company offers platform integrated services to business customers for shipping and managing freight via sea, air and rail. Currently the company serves more than 2500 clients with a staff of 300 people in 8 different offices across Asia and Europe. Forto has successfully raised > $50M from Maersk, Northzone and Global Founders Capital. Prior to joining Forto, Michael founded TheAmazeApp GmbH, an app for fashion trends, style and mobile commerce. In 2016 Zalando acquired TheAmazeApp and Michael subsequently worked for Zalando. He previously worked in consulting at Boston Consulting and holds a Doctor of Engineering in electrical engineering and information technology from TU Munich, alongside studying at University of Technology, Sydney.

July 14, 2020 Open Talk

U Talk #9: Future of Supply Chains

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Mehemed Bougsea

Think-it

Mehemed Bougsea is Co-founder and CEO of Think-it, an engineering collective of Tunis’ and Berlin’s strongest technologists in Cloud and AI. With a focus on intelligent infrastructure, data-driven innovation and a passion for sustainability, Think-it’s solutions help innovative teams around the world lower costs, democratize data and scale performance.

Previously Mehemed has worked as a strategy consultant at Kompetus Management Consulting as well as for the German, Tunisian, and Libyan governments. He also built the country office of Kiron Open Higher Education in Turkey, a blended learning educational platform connecting more than 2000 students and graduates in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He holds an MPA in Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York City and a B.Sc. in International Business from Technical University of Cologne. He is a fellow of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.

 

May 26, 2020 Panel

U Talk #2: Business for Purpose

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Dominik Böhler

UnternehmerTUM

Dr. Dominik Böhler is Head of Entrepreneurship & Tech Education at UnternehmerTUM. He is responsible for the entrepreneurial and technology-oriented teaching activities for students. 

Focal fields are personality development, design thinking, technology development, and business modeling. Dominik and his team put emphasis on developing new methods in teaching and delivering prototypes in a flipped classroom setting. 

He received a diploma in business administration and a PhD in information systems from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU).

 

July 21, 2020 Conversation

U Talk #10: Networking in the Digital Health World 2020

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Dr. Friderike Bruchmann

MEDIKURA

Friderike is Co-Founder and CEO of MEDIKURA Digital Health, an ehealth company that aims to capture drug efficacy and safety in the broader society (= real world) through an innovative communication platform. Already today, more than 50% of all safety-related drug information is communicated via the platform in Germany. Previously, Friderike did her PhD at the Entrepreneurship Research Institute of the TUM and also completed her Master in Management and Technology there.

December 8, 2020 Discussion

U Talk #16: The Impact of Women on the Tech Start-up Landscape

David Dunkerley

David Dunkerley

Consulate of Canada, Munich

David is Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate of Canada in Munich.  He arrived in Munich in late 2020, following eight years working as a diplomat in China, first at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, followed by an assignment at the Consulate General in Shanghai.  His first posting as a Trade Commissioner was at the Canadian Embassy in Manila, Philippines, where he was also Liaison to the Asian Development Bank.  Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada in 2004, David spent seven years working in the financial industry, with stints at major banks in Sydney, London (UK), and Toronto.

David was born and grew up in London, Ontario before moving on to study Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and later, Commerce at McMaster University.

March 30, 2021 Keynote

U Talk #19: Canada's Great Potential in Auto Tech

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Eleonore Eisath

Beworm

After graduating from the Wirtschaftsoberschule H. Kunter Bozen with an emphasis on business, management and marketing, Eleonore completed her Bachelor in Industrial Design at the Università IUAV di Venezia. In 2019 she rounded out her knowledge with a Master’s degree from TUM. Since she began her studies at TUM, Eleonore has been conducting research on a highly innovative recycling system. In 2019 this led to the spin-off beworm, which is developing a biotic/biocatalytic recycling process to break down oil-based plastics such as PE (polyethylene). PE is the world’s most commonly used plastic material, which is used in many everyday goods. However, in contrast to the more familiar PET (polyethylene terephthalate), the other main chemical component for consumer goods, it is to date hardly ever being recycled. In addition to beworm, only a handful of other companies worldwide are working on this important task for the future. Eleonore is hoping for a revolution in recycling and she encourages each and every one of us to join: on her homepage beworm.org she provides instructions on how to raise waxworms, who will then munch on plastic waste in a small jar in your kitchen at home.

December 8, 2020 Discussion

U Talk #16: The Impact of Women on the Tech Start-up Landscape

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Lisa Ericsson

KTH Innovation

Lisa is an engaging and motivated leader with a strong passion to create impact through innovation. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with innovation and entrepreneurship tied closely to the academic sphere.

She has held a number of roles at KTH since 2002 and is today CEO of the investment company KTH Holding AB and founder and Head of KTH Innovation the innovation support department.

Lisa studied Business at Orebro University and at HES Amsterdam School of Business, and has taken complementary courses at MIT, Stockholm School of Economics and Cambridge University.

 

June 9, 2020 Panel

U Talk #4: European Start-up Ecosystem - a New Normal?

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”.

November 17, 2020 Interview

U Talk #15: What Makes a Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity?

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. 

May 19, 2020 Interview

U Talk #1: Corona – an Inflection Point for AI@scale?

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Judith Gerlach

Bavarian State Minister for Digital

Judith Gerlach was in November 2018 appointed Bavarian State Minister for Digital. At age 33, the law-school graduate was the youngest-ever appointee as a Bavarian cabinet minister, having become the youngest member ever elected to the Bavarian State Parliament as early as 2013. As State Minister, she co-ordinates the digital measures taken by all ministries, developing a future strategy for Bavaria as a digital location. In the process, she aligns Bavaria’s policies in the most diverse spheres of digital – from cyber security via digital infrastructure up to and including initiatives in the areas of artificial intelligence and blockchain. Furthermore, Judith Gerlach has, in her first one hundred days as State Minister, placed special emphasis on promoting women in careers involving digital. One of her major concerns is entering into dialogue with citizens about ethical questions surrounding digitalisation.

October 8, 2020 Interview

U Talk #14: Digitalization Chances and Challenges

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.

May 26, 2020 Panel

U Talk #2: Business for Purpose

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Ekaterina Grib

KEWAZO

Ekaterina is a Co-Founder and Head of Business Development in KEWAZO. The vision of the company is to automate construction logistics with robotics and data analytics. Since 2016 Ekaterina is focusing on the management, business development, sales and fundraising topics in the company.
She holds a M.Sc. in Consumer Affairs with the specialization in Technology and Innovation Management (MCA, TUM) and a B.Sc. in International Economics and Law. She has more than 5 years of experience in areas of sales, finance, accounting and business (was running local business with 2 branches, working in R & D in Allianz and Infineon).

December 8, 2020 Discussion

U Talk #16: The Impact of Women on the Tech Start-up Landscape

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Paul Günther

ProGlove

Paul Günther is founder of ProGlove and an inventive talent. He transforms ideas into prototypes overnight, such as the smart glove. Paul studied Technology and Management at TU München and got the idea during his practice at BMW.

June 23, 2020 Panel

U Talk #6: Building a Hardware Company

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Alexander Hauswald

Hörmann Gruppe

After studying computer science at Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences, Alexander Hauswald began his professional career as a Software Developer and Architect in IT consultancies. Then, as Head of Development and Architecture at a medium-sized telecommunications company in Munich, he shaped the digitalization of the company. After moving to BSH Hausgeräte GmbH as Chief Architect, Alexander’s responsibilities were expanded to the areas of Production, Logistics and Industry 4.0, which he can now contribute in his new role as Managing Director of Hörmann Digital GmbH from January 2020.

October 6, 2020 Talk

U Talk #13: How can you contribute to the digital future of German Mittelstand

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Niklas Hebborn

Freigeist Capital

Niklas Hebborn is an ESCP Europe Master graduate. He worked for digital and high-tech companies as a Roland Berger consultant and gained experience in Private Equity with Quadriga Capital. As a Head of International Business with PEC Group, he scaled up the company from 50 to 120 employees and accompanied the M&A sell-side process to Hilti AG. In his role as Junior Partner at Freigeist, he sources new deals and supports portfolio companies to realize their strategy.

June 2, 2020 Panel

U Talk #3: Building Market Leaders, from MVP to EXIT

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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.

July 28, 2020 Interview

U Talk #11: Climate Change, Climate Crisis: It's Time for Entrepreneurs to Take Action!

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Bayrem Helal

Wevioo

Bayrem is  the Head of the Software Engineering Business Unit within Wevioo, a major Tunisian software company. He is responsible for 150 Software engineers delivering software and embedded projects to customers in Europe, North America and MEA region.

Bayrem studied telecommunication in the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen Nuremberg. He left the university in 2000 as a “Diplom Ingenieur” and started his career with Lucent technologies as an embedded Software engineer and then as a technical Lead and consultant in the semiconductor sector (ex: Infineon)

Bayrem moved back to Tunisia in 2007 to join the French multinational SAGEMCOM as a Senior Project Manager. 2010 He joined Wevioo as Delivery Manager.

May 26, 2020 Panel

U Talk #2: Business for Purpose

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.

October 6, 2020 Talk

U Talk #13: How can you contribute to the digital future of German Mittelstand

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Heiko Huber

TechFounders by UnternehmerTUM

Heiko Huber is Managing Partner at TechFounders.
He’s a mechanical engineer by education and started his entrepreneurial experience in 2009 by co-founding the Munich-based fitness company eGym. He took the German, conservative career path (that’s how he likes to describe it) and left the successful startup to finish his studies, did an MBA, worked for McKinsey & Company and finally found his way back into the startup ecosystem by joining Siemens’ Venture Capital unit “Next47”.
Now at TechFounders he enjoys working at the interface between young, highly innovative tech companies and established corporates.

September 22, 2020 Interview

U Talk #12: Start-up Meets Corporate - Mutual Benefits Ahead!

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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.

May 26, 2020 Panel

U Talk #2: Business for Purpose

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Lena Jüngst

air up

Lena Jüngst is Co-Founder and joint inventor of air up, a drinking system that flavors pure water just by scent. As an Industrial Designer her heart beats for innovation and creativity. After a successful market entry in 2019 with the first product of air up, she is now developing a future product vision for the company. air up today has 43 employees and an office in Munich’s city center.

 

June 2, 2020 Panel

U Talk #3: Building Market Leaders, from MVP to EXIT

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Thomas Kirchner

ProGlove

Thomas is founder and member of the advisory board at ProGlove. He has with heart and mind the vision always in view. Whether technical, personnel or business aspects, the founder has a plan and manages to communicate it in a catchy way – whether external or internal, his motivation is contagious.

June 23, 2020 Panel

U Talk #6: Building a Hardware Company

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Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kramer

TUM

Gerhard is Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
He is an electrical engineer by training with a doctorate from ETH Zurich and after various different career steps in industry and higher education, he joined TUM in 2010 as Professor and Chair of Communications Engineering.

His research interests are primarily in information theory and communications theory, with applications to wireless, copper, and optical fiber networks.

January 12, 2021 Talk

U Talk #17: TUM Venture Labs

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Holger Mandel

MAN Truck & Bus

Holger Mandel completed a bank apprenticeship in his home town Frankenberg/Eder. Building on this, he took part in various management programmes on a part-time basis and completed a Master of Management in St. Gallen (MZSG) from 2004 to 2006.  

He spent almost 20 years – and thus most of his professional career – in management positions in Switzerland and abroad with Caterpillar Financial Services and Volvo Financial Services, including in Brussels. Holger Mandel joined the Volkswagen Group in 2012 as Chairman of the Management Board of MAN Finance International GmbH, Munich and Head of the Truck & Bus Division of Volkswagen Financial Services AG, Brunswick.

From 2015 to 2019 he was Chairman of the Management Board of MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH. Since October 2019, Holger Mandel has been Board Member for Procurement at MAN Truck & Bus SE.

 

July 14, 2020 Open Talk

U Talk #9: Future of Supply Chains

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”.

October 8, 2020 Interview

U Talk #14: Digitalization Chances and Challenges

October 6, 2020 Talk

U Talk #13: How can you contribute to the digital future of German Mittelstand

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Raghu Movva

School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Raghu Movva is the Managing Director of School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation.  

Academic background in ICT & Nanotechnology. After brief stints in research and consulting he became an entrepreneur by co-founding three startups and one consulting company over the course of 5 years while also obtaining an MBA. Since 2012, he has been working on “Innovation Management” and developed successful projects like I4C, CDILabs, SEI, ITW and helped build strategic partnerships with CERN & Politecnico di Torino. His main passions are futurism, education, technology, entrepreneurship & science fiction.

 

June 9, 2020 Panel

U Talk #4: European Start-up Ecosystem - a New Normal?

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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.

May 26, 2020 Panel

U Talk #2: Business for Purpose

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Dominik Pförringer

Klinikum rechts der Isar

PD Dr. med. Dominik Pförringer is an orthopedic and trauma surgeon in Munich. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and years of work experience as a management consultant in the healthcare sector. He teaches entrepreneurship to young doctors and medical students and fosters the Digital Healthcare ecosystem in Munich by recurring events such as “Digital Healthcare Entrepreneurship” as well as the Digital Health Summit, an annual conference on digital advances in healthcare. Dominik mentors and coaches innovative healthcare teams and lectures frequently about his research and development in the field of digital healthcare innovation. On July 1st he has with an enthusiastic team launched www.MakeHealthDigital.com to connect and broaden the network in the Digital Health Ecosytem.

 

July 21, 2020 Conversation

U Talk #10: Networking in the Digital Health World 2020

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Dr. Ingo Potthof

UVC Partners

Ingo has been working in the high-tech industry for more than 25 years. As a venture capitalist, he had the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs in Europe, Israel, the US as well as Asia. Themes and technologies are constantly changing, but success always requires enthusiastic, persistent founders and a strong vision. Ingo is convinced that startups are the driver of innovation, more than ever before, and he is excited to be able to contribute to this development as an investor.

December 8, 2020 Discussion

U Talk #16: The Impact of Women on the Tech Start-up Landscape

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Dirk Rossberg

UnternehmerTUM MakerSpace

Dirk Rossberg is the CEO of UnternehmerTUM MakerSpace GmbH, a workshop for innovators to prototype high-tech products. Teams who have invented products at MakerSpace have raised a combined amount of approx. 100 MN € and include start-ups Air Up, proGlove, Inveox and corporates BMW AG, Linde AG and Zeiss AG to name a few. In parallel, Dirk looks back on 23 years at BMW AG. He has held roles as software engineer, Head of BMW’s Technology Office in Mountain View and as Architect Future Climatissation. Dirk holds a PhD in Semiconductor Physics from TU Munich.

June 2, 2020 Panel

U Talk #3: Building Market Leaders, from MVP to EXIT

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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.

May 26, 2020 Panel

U Talk #2: Business for Purpose

Marisa Schneider

Marisa Schneider

UnternehmerTUM

As Project Leader International Cooperation, Marisa fosters global partnerships at UnternehmerTUM and brings international tech founders to Munich. In her current role she operates a Landing Pad for international start-ups looking to explore the Bavarian market and runs a deep tech start-up program with TUM. Before joining UnternehmerTUM she worked at the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm.

Marisa owns a Bachelor in Diplomacy (Schiller International University, Heidelberg/ Paris) and a Master in International Management (Stockholm University) and is a strong supporter of international dialogue in the world of innovation.

March 30, 2021 Keynote

U Talk #19: Canada's Great Potential in Auto Tech

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Markus Schorn

Deutsche Telekom AG

Throughout his career Markus has been dealing with the fundamental effects of technological progress on Western society in general and business enterprises in particular. His activities and accomplishments center around the interactions and interrelationships between the worlds of technology and business. Markus has successfully guided the market launch of a number of groundbreaking innovations, using a broad range of business models for both enterprises and consumer segments. Thanks to these achievements, he has become a highly regarded adviser for corporate decision-makers, and a mentor for German start-ups.

February 9, 2021 Talk

U Talk #18: Are We Ready for 10x Economy in Europe?

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Dr. Iris Schwenk

HQS Quantum Simulations

Iris is Co-Founder and COO of HQS Quantum Simulations. HQS, founded in 2017, aims to bridge the gap between research and industry in the field of quantum computing to exploit the immense potential of quantum computers to accelerate the development of new materials in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and materials industry. Iris received her Ph.D. in Physics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2018. As COO she is now responsible for efficient business operations and organizational development. She also heads the department where the customer-facing software is developed.

December 8, 2020 Discussion

U Talk #16: The Impact of Women on the Tech Start-up Landscape

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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.

January 12, 2021 Talk

U Talk #17: TUM Venture Labs

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Philippe Souidi

SAP.iO Foundry

Philippe Souidi is currently heading the SAP.iO Foundry Munich, part of the global network of startup accelerators by SAP, the leading provider of enterprise software. Through this initiative committed to open and inclusive entrepreneurship, Philippe is empowering European startups to deliver immediate value to SAP’s customers, while simultaneously building a compelling ecosystem around SAP C/4HANA and Customer Experience solutions.

With over sixteen years of diverse experience, Philippe specializes in all aspects of digital transformation, strategy creation, and product development from ideation to launch.

Prior to his current role, Philippe headed the Innovation Programs as part of the SAP CX Innovation office.

September 22, 2020 Interview

U Talk #12: Start-up Meets Corporate - Mutual Benefits Ahead!

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Mikkel Sørensen

DTU Skylab

For the past seven years, Mikkel has been Head of DTU Skylab – the innovation hub at the Technical University of Denmark. During this period, DTU Skylab has developed from a small pilot initiative to a full-scale innovation facility with a wide range of programmes and other activities. In the coming two years, Skylab is expanding to a total size of around 5.500m2/60.000ft2. Mikkel is also the co-founder of Stormglas which drives interdisciplinary art projects. Prior to this, he was the National Manager of Venture Cup Denmark.

June 9, 2020 Panel

U Talk #4: European Start-up Ecosystem - a New Normal?

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.

June 30, 2020 Interview

U Talk #7: Redefining Growth in the 21st Century

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Frank Thelen

Freigeist Capital

Frank Thelen is a European serial founder, technology investor, TV personality and bestseller author. Since 1994, he founded and managed technology and design-driven companies. In his role as the founder and CEO of Freigeist Capital, he focuses on early phase deep tech investments. His products have reached over 100 million customers in over 60 countries. Frank was the first investor in startups like Lilium Aviation, Smartlane, Wunderlist, air up and YFood. At age 42, he released his autobiography „Startup-DNA“, which became a bestseller in Germany.

June 2, 2020 Panel

U Talk #3: Building Market Leaders, from MVP to EXIT

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Susanne Traugott

UnternehmerTUM

Susanne is leading UnternehmerTUM’s initiative Women Start-up. The initiative aims to inspire and motivate women for entrepreneurship and technology and develops solutions for a more women-friendly start-up landscape.
Susanne has multiple years of work experience in the field of entrepreneurship education. She was heading the Executive MBA in Innovation and Business Creation at UnternehmerTUM. She has a degree in communication science and business administration.

December 8, 2020 Discussion

U Talk #16: The Impact of Women on the Tech Start-up Landscape

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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.

July 7, 2020 Impulse

U Talk #8: Next Unicorn Wave Will Be in B2B Tech

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Dr. Anne von Wolff

UVC Partners

Anne is dedicated to fostering innovative startups and unleashing their potential of growing into sustainable, large-scale businesses.

With a strong background in business strategy consulting, the TMT (technology, media, and telecommunication) industries, and biomedical sciences, she commits her know-how to identifying and supporting talented, passionate founders sharing her enthusiasm for novel, disruptive ideas and technologies.

December 8, 2020 Discussion

U Talk #16: The Impact of Women on the Tech Start-up Landscape

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.

June 16, 2020 Interview

U Talk #5: Global Challenges – how Do We Respond?

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Thomas Zeller

UnternehmerTUM

Thomas started his career in Product Management with the international e-commerce company Ciao. Followed by that he worked in various product- and technology leadership positions at Microsoft and Holtzbrinck before he joined UnternehmerTUM as CDO and Managing Director. In his current role he evangelizes digital technology and culture to students, start-ups, and enterprises. To do so he founded Digital Product School which enables the next generation of digital product makers. UnternehmerTUM’s mission is building an open ecosystem that produces new scalable high-tech start-ups next to fresh innovation inside existing organizations. Thomas owns a diploma in Computer Science for Business (University of Bamberg/University of California at Santa Barbara) and an MBA (Steinbeis University Berlin).

February 9, 2021 Talk

U Talk #18: Are We Ready for 10x Economy in Europe?

March 30, 2021

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Keynote

U Talk #19: Canada's Great Potential in Auto Tech

As a major automotive producer and home to leading North American tech hubs, Canada is a unique North American nexus of the two industries. The vibrant Canadian start-up space in Auto Tech is growing quickly and can help solve some of the new... Read More

As a major automotive producer and home to leading North American tech hubs, Canada is a unique North American nexus of the two industries. The vibrant Canadian start-up space in Auto Tech is growing quickly and can help solve some of the new mobility challenges facing society.
As part of our International Entrepreneurs’ Night #Canada, look forward to hear insights from the Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate of Canada in Munich on the topic.

Presented by Marisa Schneider, Project Leader International Cooperation at UnternehmerTUM.

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February 9, 2021

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Talk

U Talk #18: Are We Ready for 10x Economy in Europe?

Digitalization was only the beginning on the way to the 10x Economy. In this session, Markus Schorn and Thomas Zeller will talk about which quantum leaps can be achieved on the basis of particular technologies, how ethical issues play a role in... Read More

Digitalization was only the beginning on the way to the 10x Economy. In this session, Markus Schorn and Thomas Zeller will talk about which quantum leaps can be achieved on the basis of particular technologies, how ethical issues play a role in this, and about the methods companies can use to prepare themselves.

Presented by Thomas Zeller, CDO and Managing Director of UnternehmerTUM.

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January 12, 2021

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Talk

U Talk #17: TUM Venture Labs

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and its affiliated institute UnternehmerTUM are launching a Europe-wide unique initiative for start-ups resulting from academic activities. In central fields of technology such as artificial intelligence,... Read More

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and its affiliated institute UnternehmerTUM are launching a Europe-wide unique initiative for start-ups resulting from academic activities.

In central fields of technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum technology and health, TUM Venture Labs support high-potential start-up teams with customized consulting services, incubation facilities, training and venturing programs as well as access to global networks of companies and investors. The goal of the new innovation hubs is to establish Munich as the leading European metropolis for technology start-ups.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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December 8, 2020

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Discussion

U Talk #16: The Impact of Women on the Tech Start-up Landscape

There are still few female founders in the tech start-up scene. Why is this the case and what can be done to bring more gender diversity into the start-up scene? In this U Talk you will hear a discussion of female founders and an investor. Everyone... Read More

There are still few female founders in the tech start-up scene. Why is this the case and what can be done to bring more gender diversity into the start-up scene? In this U Talk you will hear a discussion of female founders and an investor.

Everyone agrees that women have a big potential when it comes to founding a tech start-up. Women bring in very strong communication skills and different solutions to problems. Even investors start to push start-ups to have more female managers in main positions. But as women and men communicate differently, investors have to be open and aware to the differences and re-think the patterns they have for male start-ups.
Women have a higher motivation for business ideas with social impact. As many start-ups have recently shown that social impact does not exclude financial success, there will be more focus on ideas with social impact in the future – a big chance for female founders.
The importance of female networks were discussed and how more women can be encouraged to found a company.

Presented by Dr. Anne von Wolff.

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November 17, 2020

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Interview

U Talk #15: What Makes a Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity?

In this U Talk our host Miki Yokoyama talked to Jack Fuchs, himself an Entrepreneur, Investor and Adjunct Professor among many other functions, about how an entrepreneurial opportunity can be identified. Join in and draw from Jack Fuchs’... Read More

In this U Talk our host Miki Yokoyama talked to Jack Fuchs, himself an Entrepreneur, Investor and Adjunct Professor among many other functions, about how an entrepreneurial opportunity can be identified. Join in and draw from Jack Fuchs’ extensive experience whether such an endeavor is indeed worth pursuing – and if so, also how this can best be done.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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October 8, 2020

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Interview

U Talk #14: Digitalization Chances and Challenges

Digital Minister Judith Gerlach and Christian Mohr will talk about Bavaria’s pioneering role in digitalization and examine the status quo in which not only the German Mittelstand, but also startups play an important role. Within this talk, you... Read More

Digital Minister Judith Gerlach and Christian Mohr will talk about Bavaria’s pioneering role in digitalization and examine the status quo in which not only the German Mittelstand, but also startups play an important role. Within this talk, you will learn how different players can work together to tackle this issue and also learn how uncertainties can be a booster for digitalization.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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October 6, 2020

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Talk

U Talk #13: How can you contribute to the digital future of German Mittelstand

Anna Hörmann , Alexander Hauswald and Christian Mohr talked about the German Mittelstand facing the great challenge called “digitization”. Many have already tackled the issue, but many more have not yet done so due to uncertainty. Within this... Read More

Anna Hörmann , Alexander Hauswald and Christian Mohr talked about the German Mittelstand facing the great challenge called “digitization”. Many have already tackled the issue, but many more have not yet done so due to uncertainty. Within this talk, we will elaborate strategies on how to get active and establish strong digital strategies.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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September 22, 2020

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Interview

U Talk #12: Start-up Meets Corporate - Mutual Benefits Ahead!

Our guests Philippe Souidi and Heiko Huber shared their insights on how to work out the perfect fit, so start-ups can find their way in the enterprise world. Join this session and learn about essential elements of collaboration between start-ups and... Read More

Our guests Philippe Souidi and Heiko Huber shared their insights on how to work out the perfect fit, so start-ups can find their way in the enterprise world.

Join this session and learn about essential elements of collaboration between start-ups and corporates – and why this might be the fastest path to thrive in innovation.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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July 28, 2020

Interview

U Talk #11: Climate Change, Climate Crisis: It's Time for Entrepreneurs to Take Action!

The initiative Leaders for Climate Action (LFCA) is a community of entrepreneurs united by the will to counter the climate crisis through their own actions and demand more effective legislation from policy makers. Their vision is to make the digital... Read More

The initiative Leaders for Climate Action (LFCA) is a community of entrepreneurs united by the will to counter the climate crisis through their own actions and demand more effective legislation from policy makers. Their vision is to make the digital industry climate neutral worldwide and set an example for other industries. 

Determined to shape change in the long term, they are taking concrete measures to bring companies towards climate neutrality: continuously reducing their carbon emissions and compensating the rest. By talking Leader to Leader, they drive impactful action as they truly feel their responsibility of protecting life on this planet for future generations.

In this U Talk, Miki Yokoyama and Ferry Heilemann from LFCA talked about the organization’s vision and achievements so far as well as practical options and opportunities to become a member as a start-up or venture capital firm. 

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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July 21, 2020

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Conversation

U Talk #10: Networking in the Digital Health World 2020

Networking is one of the most important tasks for driving innovation. But what can networking in the digital health sector look like? What needs to be changed, how can a good network for creators in digital health care look like, what must it... Read More

Networking is one of the most important tasks for driving innovation.

But what can networking in the digital health sector look like? What needs to be changed, how can a good network for creators in digital health care look like, what must it contain and what should be avoided? 

Join an exciting conversation between Dr. Dominik Pförringer, who launched the https://makehealthdigital.com platform on July 1 to answer questions like these and to build a strong network for the digital health sector, and Dominik Böhler about their own insights regarding this challenge, their know-how and do-how.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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July 14, 2020

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Open Talk

U Talk #9: Future of Supply Chains

The corona crisis has significantly mixed up supply chain structures. In the past years, corporations clearly moved towards globalizing their supply chains, but have suddenly had to rethink this trend in the past months, quickly adjusting and moving... Read More

The corona crisis has significantly mixed up supply chain structures. In the past years, corporations clearly moved towards globalizing their supply chains, but have suddenly had to rethink this trend in the past months, quickly adjusting and moving towards localizing as well as digitizing structures to ensure continuous and smooth supply chain operations in the midst of the pandemic.

Holger Mandel, Board Member for Procurement at MAN Truck & Bus SE and Michael Ardelt, COO of logistics startup Forto, talked about how supply chain structures will evolve in the future, how digitization and innovation can help building resilience to shocks such as the Corona crisis, and – on a more personal level – what leadership means to them especially in times of crisis.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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July 7, 2020

Impulse

U Talk #8: Next Unicorn Wave Will Be in B2B Tech

Johannes von Borries, Managing Partner of Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners, talked about Germany’s opportunity to leverage its industrial backbone and shape the next wave of unicorn startups. Join us for an exciting impulse and discover why... Read More

Johannes von Borries, Managing Partner of Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners, talked about Germany’s opportunity to leverage its industrial backbone and shape the next wave of unicorn startups. Join us for an exciting impulse and discover why the next 20 years will be the Golden Age for German startups and venture capital.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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June 30, 2020

Interview

U Talk #7: Redefining Growth in the 21st Century

Our guest Martin Stuchtey talked to Miki Yokoyama about why we need a new paradigm in economic growth and vision a decoupled system in which economy and well-being flourish, whereas resource use and environmental pressures are minimized. Circular... Read More

Our guest Martin Stuchtey talked to Miki Yokoyama about why we need a new paradigm in economic growth and vision a decoupled system in which economy and well-being flourish, whereas resource use and environmental pressures are minimized. Circular economy is the new principle for business sustainability.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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June 23, 2020

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Panel

U Talk #6: Building a Hardware Company

Get valuable insights on how to build a hardware company from the founders of ProGlove. Paul & Thomas took a trip down memory lane with you and give you insights on how they built a successful hardware company and their search for a grown up... Read More

Get valuable insights on how to build a hardware company from the founders of ProGlove. Paul & Thomas took a trip down memory lane with you and give you insights on how they built a successful hardware company and their search for a grown up CEO. 

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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June 16, 2020

Interview

U Talk #5: Global Challenges – how Do We Respond?

In this session, Heba Aguib, Chief Executive of the newly launched impact accelerator RESPOND at the BMW Foundation, talked with Miki Yokoyama about what is needed to better empower entrepreneurs contributing to a more sustainable and responsible... Read More

In this session, Heba Aguib, Chief Executive of the newly launched impact accelerator RESPOND at the BMW Foundation, talked with Miki Yokoyama about what is needed to better empower entrepreneurs contributing to a more sustainable and responsible economy, why the topic of responsible leadership is core to the work of the BMW Foundation, and why responsible leadership is essential in solving global challenges of our time.

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June 9, 2020

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Panel

U Talk #4: European Start-up Ecosystem - a New Normal?

DTU Skylab in Copenhagen, KTH Innovation in Stockholm and School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Turin: Founders have been heavily affected by Corona. How did entrepreneurship centers in Europe cope with this situation, what happened to... Read More

DTU Skylab in Copenhagen, KTH Innovation in Stockholm and School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Turin: Founders have been heavily affected by Corona.

How did entrepreneurship centers in Europe cope with this situation, what happened to start-ups and how can we support that there will be a successful next generation of entrepreneurs.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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June 2, 2020

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Panel

U Talk #3: Building Market Leaders, from MVP to EXIT

What strides do successful innovators take to turn an idea from concept into growth company – and ultimately exit? Join the ride with UnternehmerTUM MakerSpace, start-up Air Up and investor Freigeist Capital along the main phases of a... Read More

What strides do successful innovators take to turn an idea from concept into growth company – and ultimately exit? Join the ride with UnternehmerTUM MakerSpace, start-up Air Up and investor Freigeist Capital along the main phases of a start-up’s lifecycle: Achieving product-market fit, scaling the product with a winning team and developing into a market leader together with a suitable investor.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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May 26, 2020

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Supported by Digital Transformation Centre of the German Development Ministry (BMZ), UnternehmerTUM joined forces with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on the project Tech216 to shape a platform aiming to connect German &... Read More

Supported by Digital Transformation Centre of the German Development Ministry (BMZ), UnternehmerTUM joined forces with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on the project Tech216 to shape a platform aiming to connect German & Tunisian companies, creating new IT business & achieving a win-win situation. Our panel looked at chances and challenges with pilot partner BMW.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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May 19, 2020

Interview

U Talk #1: Corona – an Inflection Point for AI@scale?

Business leaders wonder what will change in a post-Corona world. For AI@scale, Corona could be an inflection point, similar World War I for planes. AI has seen its first mega stress-test, both in fighting Corona and in managing operations, with... Read More

Business leaders wonder what will change in a post-Corona world.
For AI@scale, Corona could be an inflection point, similar World War I for planes. AI has seen its first mega stress-test, both in fighting Corona and in managing operations, with humans ‘distanced’. The lessons are not lost on business (and political) leaders.

Presented by Miki Yokoyama.

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