GAIN-TEN-Breakfast 2018

September 7, 2018
8.30 am – 10.00 am

Room Simmons

Were there innovators in Utopia? – Creating environments and infrastructures that foster innovation and entrepreneurship

The days, when San Francisco and Silicon Valley were the only viable places for young entrepreneurs to try their luck are long gone. In the US and Germany many cities and regions compete to become the next hot spot for innovators and thought leaders. Moreover, new players like Tel Aviv and Beijing are claiming their place in the startup economy. But what, indeed, makes a city or a region so suitable for innovation and entrepreneurship? What constitutes an effective innovation ecosystem? What would the innovators’ Utopia look like? What can regional and national administrations do to create such an environment? What is the role of the academe and what is the role of the private sector? Why are some places more successful than others?

This GAIN TEN event will pursue these questions by facilitating a dialogue between experienced entrepreneurs, policy makers, and other experts from both the US and Germany. Guests from other countries active in the Boston area will offer additional perspectives (Swissnex, Enrich EU, etc.) We are looking for a dialogue and an exchange of ideas. The conversation will be organized around a number of featured speakers, who will get the chance to give brief introductory statements from their perspective. One slide per speaker with a few key messages on: What does the innovator’s Utopia look like?

The introductory remarks will then transition into a moderated conversation between all stakeholders.

Featured Speakers:

  • INDUSTRY AND RESEARCH INITIATIVE, USA: Dr. John Hallinan, Chief Business Officer, MassBIO; Dr. Lucie Rochard, Liaison for Scientific & Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Innovation Services, MassBio
  • GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE, SWITZERLAND: Dr. Christian Simm, CEO, Swissnex Boston
  • STATE GOVERNMENT, USA: Dr. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • INSTITUTIONAL PERSPECTIVE, PUBLIC RESEARCH INSTITUTION, GERMANY: Dr. Duska Dragun, Director of Biomedical Innovation Academy, Berlin Institute of Health
  • INSTITUTIONAL PERSPECTIVE, PUBLIC VENTURE PROGRAM, GERMANY: Dr. Thorsten Lambertus, Fraunhofer Venture, Company Building and Venture Incubation, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V.
  • Moderation: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE, GERMANY: Dr. Gerrit Rößler, Program Manager, DWIH

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