"The decisive factor is not where you come from, but where you want to go to: the state government is doing everything it can to make Baden-Württemberg one of the most vibrant start-up regions in Europe. We want to create the conditions for our start-ups that founders really need," said Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann today, 1 February 2019, at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Center as part of the Start-up BW Summit. "At the same time, we want to tie in with the innovation culture of the Gründerzeit, the time of Daimler, Bosch and Benz.”
In addition to the state’s political prominence, national and international speakers of high reputation provided valuable impetus: Dr. Auma Obama, founder of the Auma Obama Foundation Sauti Kuu, Maxine Fassberg, Vice President of Intel Israel, and Anna Alex, founder of Outfittery, Berlin. Also present were Baden-Württemberg entrepreneurs who have created success stories with their start-ups, such as Ulrich Dietz (GFT), Helmut Schelling (Vector Informatik) and Axel Norbert Wittig (Webo).
Dr. Hoffmeister-Kraut announced that she would establish the Start-up BW Summit as the central event in the state's start-up scene. "Success has given us wings, so we are already planning the next Start-up Summit in July 2020."