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Startup Summit Baden Württemberg Recap

Startup Summit Baden Württemberg Recap

On July 14th, the Government of Baden-Württemberg hosted the first Startup Summit. Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann and Minister Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut gave the opening speeches. Dr. Hoffmeister-Kraut officially launched the new Start-up BW website during her speech. Start-up BW is a new brand, promoted by the Government of Baden Württemberg. Its website will be a platform for the campaign of promoting entrepreneurial spirit in Baden Württemberg. The ministers also emphasized their wish to make the universities the startup ecosystems´ core driver.

Over 150 startups displayed their products and business models at the Stuttgart Trade Fair. Grouped into ten cluster ecosystems, one of them was Mannheim – Heidelberg – Walldorf, were met some of our friends, like Pulseshift and 100 Worte. Our partner Mister Tip, located at the Mafinex Technology Center, was also present. Founder Michael Wurst came to the summit with his interns, taking this opportunity to let them have a first look at the startup scene.

The afternoon program included great podium talks around the themes of corporate management and finance, which gave many insights into investors’ thoughts and wishes. Winners of regionals pitch competitions gave amazing pitch presentations. Short interviews displayed successful cooperations between venture capital funds and startups. Project A partner Uwe Horstmann outlined the points he is looking for in a startup he wants to invest in, the main of which being a good team.

The day came to an end around the founder grill. The presence of regional entrepreneurs who promote local culture and food in a new, exciting way, such as Knöddel Kult or HeldenBrause, gave the Startup Summit a familiar characteristic.
The MCEI Team was happy to enjoy a great atmosphere, as well as a possibility to network with interesting Startups. Maybe some nice surprises for our startup lounge in September? Stay tuned!

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  • Baden-Württemberg - Ministerium für Finanzen und Wirtschaft
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