Dialogue Event Connective Cities in Germany
Promoting Innovative and Sustainable Start-ups
December, 11th – 13th, Berlin
From the 11th to 13th of December the 4th Connective Cities Dialogue Event took place at Betahaus, Berlin and brought together German and international local stakeholders who are directly connected to the field of local economic development and start-up promotion.
The participants consisted of city officials in charge of economic development and representatives of start-up promoting institution from German and Asian cities.
For urban socio-economic cooperation, applied research and knowledge work, as well as for the creation of new labour ecosystems or community-based businesses, co-working spaces, incubators and innovation labs are increasingly relevant concepts. They demonstrate new ‘grassroots-driven’ practices of urban coordination, collaboration-centric architecture and technology-based work. The co-creation of socio economic environments following principles of e.g. peer-to-peer commerce and collaborative consumption, is a blooming phenomena that demonstrates the demand for new approaches of life long learning, urban development as well as regional economic development support practice. These functions state that mentioned approaches are relevant and integrative instruments for fostering urban initiatives.
The objective of the event was to initiate an exchange of good practices from different cities to address questions of relevant framing factors for the creation of an ideal ‘start-up environment’. Furthermore future collaboration potentials were identified to establish links amongst the German and Asian projects for mutual learning, peer-to-peer advice and common project development.
Good Practice Presentations
KEYNOTE by Prof. Dr Klaus Fichter, University of Oldenburg, Germany:
Founder Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability Germany
Ahmed Bastawy, Alexandria, Egypt: IceAlex
Dr Ralph Sonntag, Dresden, Germany: Dresden exists
Pete Silvester, Yangon, Myanmar: Project Hub Yangon
Claudia Müller, Berlin, Germany: Hybrid Platform
Chalermpol Tuchinda, Thailand, Bangkok: Software Park
Dr Anantana Tanyanuparb, Chiang Mai, Thailand: Chiang Mai University Science and Technology Park
Ariyajitphaisal Phongsak, Chiang Mai, Thailand: Software Industry Promotion Agency
Andreas Mündl, Bremen, Germany: Promotional Bank for Economic Development, BAB
Jay Fajardo, Manila, Philippines: Launchgarage
Sylvia Tiews, Dortmund, Germany: City of Dortmund, Economic Development Agency
Gabriele Böhmer, Munich, Germany: Munich Commercial Park