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MUST – The Munich Innovation Ecosystem Dialogue

The first MUST – Munich Innovation Ecosystem Dialogue took place on January 29th, 2021.

More than 50 attendees came together to reflect on 2020, draw attention to upcoming projects in 2021 and facilitate exchange within the Munich Innovation Ecosystem.

The dialogue kicked off with some exciting news from the shareholders of the MUC SUMMIT GmbH. Helmut Schönenberger, CEO of UnternehmerTUM, reported on great funding rounds for startups like Lilium and Personio, as well as the opening plans of the Munich Urban Colab in April 2021. He also shared news about the expansion of the 3rd Venture Fund of UnternehmerTUM.

CEO of Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship Klaus Sailer emphasized their co-creation concept in FREIRAUM for matching companies and start-ups, along with the internationalization concept with eBridge Alliance.

The round of shareholders finished with the German Entrepreneurship GmbH, represented by Matthias Notz and Andrew Goldstein, who gave their outlook for 2021. The renewed promotion (6 more years) of the German Accelerator by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) offers the chance for scaling into international ecosystems such as Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, and Asia. Andrew Goldstein also underlined the relevance of overarching and inclusive collaboration within our ecosystem.

After an initial overview of the shareholders, some of our partners also had the opportunity to share insights. Catharina van Delden from innosabi opened the round by reporting that she was honored with the Entrepreneur of Excellence award by the Technical University of Munich. After demonstrating a strong fiscal year, innosabi was also able to sell a majority stake in the company to the French Questel Group.

Next up was Annika Höltje from Google Germany, who shared some first-hand insights about Google’s fourth largest location worldwide and the topics that Google Munich focuses on: software development, cloud services and safety engineering, as well as the new Google location at Arnulf Postpalast. Due to the increase in working from home, Google has recorded a higher than usual demand for their products. The company will continue to be engaged in 2021 with the Zukunftswerkstatt as well as Diversity, Arts & Culture.

This was followed by a presentation by Sarah Wittlieb on the unique innovation cosmos of LabCampus at Munich Airport. LAB 48, the first building on campus will open at the beginning of Q2 in 2022. By shaping the future with ideas, technologies and people, LabCampus works on “connecting, creating and collaborating” across industries. An important instrument in this process is the Terminal TestLab, located in the security area at Munich Airport, the perfect place to present new ideas, products and services to international travelers and get feedback from them.

These discussions were complemented by Simone Thomas from the City of Munich. As a result of needing to focus on combatting the Coronavirus, other projects have had to be slowed down in 2020. However, the Department of Labor and Economic Affairs is focusing on digitization in various areas and attendees were given exciting insights into projects such as an online shopping platform, the webpage “München Digital Wirtschaften” and the joint project with UnternehmerTUM Munich Urban Colab.

Before this first MUST – The Munich Innovation Dialogue ended, the MUC SUMMIT GmbH took the opportunity to report about their past and future projects. Participants found out that the MUC SUMMIT GmbH is officially taking over as the Ecosystem Integrator for the Munich Global Impact Sprint joint project of the three local universities and their entrepreneurship centers as part of their EXIST Potentiale application. The Munich Global Impact Sprint aims at international talents and entrpreneurs that have innovative ideas to create impact toward reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. MUC SUMMIT functions as an Ecosystem Integrator to ensure matching, co-creation and collaboration between entrepreneurs, academia, corporates and ecosystem players.

MUST also reported the launch of the official Munich Innovation Ecosystem landing page as well as the publication of an overview of “Corporate Startup Programs in Munich” in cooperation with UnternehmerTUM. Further programs will be discussed with the ecosystem and published 2021. Another project include the publication in cooperation with PwC and the city of Munich of a white paper about Munich as an innovation location. The use of expert interviews as well as scientific articles as an instrument to collect data gives an overview of the Munich Innovation Ecosystem and describes possible measures and fields of action.

In addition, MUST presented the first overview about the workshop format focussing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Munich Innovation Ecosystem network. The aim is to collaborate and co-create scalable innovation toward the SDGs.

If you’re interested in further information about the Munich Innovation Ecosystem Dialogue, please do not hesitate to contact us.

(Image source: Landeshauptstadt München / Andreas Heddergott)
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Katja Werner

Katja Werner
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