Family business entrepreneurs and startups gather information at TECHFORUM

The Foundation for Family Businesses and UnternehmerTUM in Munich are starting a new event format: the TechForum. Susanne Klatten, founder of UnternehmerTUM, and Stefan Heidbreder, Managing Director of the Foundation for Family Businesses, worked together to create this event as a place where the next generation of large German family companies gets together with startups. The aim is to learn from one another and jointly develop new ideas.

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For one and one-half days at the newly opened “Munich Urban Colab”, the next generation of family business entrepreneurs talked business with movers, shakers and experts from the startup scene.

Susanne Klatten (right), who chairs the Supervisory Board of the startup incubator UnternehmerTUM, encouraged guests to make the most of the startup founders’ ideas: “You are the family business owners of tomorrow.” Stefan Heidbreder, Managing Director of the Foundation for Family Businesses, added: “Only innovation can move us forward.” Dr. Florian Herrmann, head of the Bavarian State Chancellery, emphasised that the promotion of entrepreneurial activity should not concentrate on large cities alone: “It is still necessary to organise equal living conditions.“

Entrepreneurship 2.0 – this was the topic of the podium discussion moderated by Dr. Ulrich Stoll, member of the Executive Board of the Foundation for Family Businesses and Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Festo SE & Co. KG (left). His guests were: Professor Schönenberger, CEO of UnternehmerTUM, Christina Thurner, member of the Loxxess Board of Directors, Felix Ewald, founder of the startup DyeMansion, and tech investor Dr. Klaus Hommels. Board member Dr. Ulrich Stoll summarised the tone on the podium: These are golden days for business founders. There is much to be done, but there are opportunities to do things as well. Prosperity can only be maintained when business founders turn up the heat – and when family businesses keep startups from being bought up by foreign investors. At its core, this is about the technical and digital sovereignty of Germany and of Europe.

An entire day of “tech practice”. Founders, family business entrepreneurs and academics report on their experiences with change processes and new technologies – from open innovation to artificial intelligence. The focal point of the final round in the auditorium was the question: How can sustainable technologies become a growth engine for Europe and its businesses?

Annika Mader

Annika Mader

Event Management

Stiftung Familienunternehmen
Prinzregentenstrasse 50, D-80538 Munich

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 12 76 40 00 75
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 12 76 40 00 89

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