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. 

Read the Agenda

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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