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Berlin to go, english edition, 01/2017

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  • Berlin
  • Digital
  • Startup
  • Startups
  • Digitization
  • Mobility
  • Innovation
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DISCUSSION RWE PARTNERS

DISCUSSION RWE PARTNERS WITH THE GERMAN TECH ENTREPRE- NEURSHIP CENTER RWE is usually associated with energy production and trade. The corporation is one of the most important suppliers on the European market. Together with other partners, RWE supports the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC), a new campus for startups, international companies and universities. Here you’ll find office spaces as well as work stations for experts and mentors from large corporations. Founders are given support in building their companies in order to more effectively bundle the fields of education, R&D and funding. RWE is always looking to generate new sources of inspiration so that they can have a say in the ideas that arise from them. HENKEL ALSO SUPPORTS THE GTEC The global consumer goods manufacturer Henkel is also a partner of the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC). The project set up by the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) at Berlin’s Schlossplatz is also home to the Berlin Startup Academy and the US accelerator Techstars. In their search for innovative ideas, Henkel accompanies tech-oriented startups and helps develop new business fields. Promising creative minds are recognized and supported early on. DEUTSCHE TELEKOM STAR- TUPS MEET AT HUB:RAUM Deutsche Telekom attracts tech founders to Berlin with its own incubator. At the Hub:raum, startup companies can expect to find a network of experts looking to explore capital business opportunities together with Deutsche Telekom. In addition to workshop spaces, mentoring and networking events, they also offer contacts to the business units of Deutsche Telekom as well as partnerships and access to customers. Ambitious teams of founders benefit from the experience and intensive care. Hub:raum is a flexible and quick-operating interface for young entrepreneurs and the digital corporation. COMMERZBANK’S DIGITIZATION PLATFORM #OPENSPACE It was only a couple of weeks ago that #openspace – Commerzbank’s first digitization platform – opened its doors. The space is designed to bring together middle-sized companies, innovation partners and startups. Its ultimate aim is to equip companies for the digital future. The challenge consists of uniting a company’s individual requirements with digital opportunities. In sixweek programs, companies are exposed to a building-block principle in which different digitization tools are presented and adjusted to suit their own company. Experts are available at #openspace to support and improve digital processes. BERLIN IS PART OF THE SAPLABS NETWORK For roughly one year, the Walldorf-based software company SAP has operated an innovation center in Berlin. Their network stretches to 13 countries and connects selected high-tech clusters. The lab works on innovative solutions for digital services. Focal points include software development in the fields of machine learning and cloud apps. The lab is the ideal site to connect SAP’s core business with the startup scene. Creative minds find plenty of free space for cutting-edge, digital challenges. Taken together with the existing offices in the Berlin-Brandenburg region, it means that roughly 400 individuals work for SAP Labs. VOLKSWAGEN SEEKS OUT NEW IDEAS AT DIGITAL:LAB At Volkswagen’s Digital:Lab in Berlin, the automaker’s software experts work together with the US software specialist PivotalLabs on a digital ecosystem that offers new mobility services as well as services relating to networked cars. The Digital:Lab in Berlin is part of a worldwide network of IT labs set up by the company to push forward cutting-edge sectors such as IT, digitization and driverless cars. Since it was launched, the Volkswagen Digital:Lab has grown to include roughly 50 employees. 20

DISCUSSION DID YOU KNOW THAT… … the capital city is the global leader in car sharing? With roughly 2,500 automobiles, Berlin is the world’s car-sharing champion. Electric cars have also stood the test – roughly 15% of Berlin’s car-sharing vehicles run on electricity. … R&D is being done on the future of mobility in an entire city district in Berlin? A research project called “Smart Sustainable District” (SSD) organized by TU in the district of Moabit West is set to develop innovative e-mobility and transport technologies for short-distance traffic, including driverless busses. … Berlin’s public transport authority (BVG) is betting on electric busses? In cooperation with Hamburg, Berlin is getting ready to acquire up to 200 electric busses each year. … Berlin is the city where the only example of the driverless bus known as “Olli” is being tested? The Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises is supporting a pilot project called “First Mover,” in which the bus created by Berlin-based Local Motors is undergoing trial operations on the Schöneberg Euref Campus. … privately owned cars stand around unused an average of 22-23 hours per day? The introduction of parking management in Prenzlauer Berg in 2010 reduced parking congestion by 20% and had a positive influence on the mobility behavior of commuters, who increasingly switched to public transport. … 9,800 cyclists drive across the Oberbaumbrücke every day? Ten counting stations record everyday cycling traffic on Berlin’s roads. Since 2001, the findings have shown that cycling continues to rise steadily. … alternative forms of mobility will get even more important in the future? Berlin mobility researchers have found out that different forms of transport will start to merge in the future. For example, people will get where they need to go by taking the S-Bahn then hopping into a car share. … Berlin was a car-sharing pioneer? StattAuto launched in Berlin in 1988 and offered shared cars via a network of fixed locations. The company was renamed Greenwheels in 2006. 21

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