Where do Baden-Württemberg's start-up companies meet?

Photo: Messe Stuttgart

Economics minister Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut. Photo: Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden-Württemberg

Photo: Messe Stuttgart

Fair-View, the prototype of an innovative software solution for simpler and clearer trade fair planning. Photo: Messe Stuttgart

The main stage was exclusively used, i.e. there were no further lectures on the secondary stages at the same time. Photo: Messe Stuttgart

Stefan Lohnert, Head of Guest Events at Messe Stuttgart Photo: Messe Stuttgart

The answer is Stuttgart. At the beginning of February, the second Start-up BW Summit took place at the L-Bank Forum of Messe Stuttgart, organised by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs.

With around 380 start-up companies represented, the fair was considerably larger and more international than the first event in 2017. Sixteen partner regions from Europe, Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA showed their colours. And Israel was a partner country that is regarded worldwide as an eldorado for start-ups.

In addition, 200 network partners from consulting, promotion and technology transfer as well as 400 B2B partners from large and medium-sized enterprises were represented at the fair. Supporters included Daimler, EnBW and Dehoga, which were represented with their own stands.

Investors and potential investors were able to meet with their business contacts in meeting boxes in the Venture Capital and Corporate Lounge. Representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the corporate development department of Messe Stuttgart were also available there at all times.

The aim is to make Baden-Württemberg, the foundation location, even more attractive and visible throughout the world, explains Minister of Economic Affairs Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut the initiative of the state.

Messe Stuttgart obviously offers the ideal platform for this. The convenient location made the journey easy for the participants. And there were exciting lectures on the stages, for example by Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann, Auma Obama, founder and chairman of the Auma Obama Foundation, or Anna Alex, founder of the men's fashion start-up Outfittery.

Messe Stuttgart provided more than 1,000 headsets, which could be used to follow any lectures from a distance. And with Fair-View, the trade fair presented the prototype of an innovative software for trade fair planning, from preparation to budget and hotel planning.

The next start-up BW Summit is scheduled to take place again at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre in 2020. Further information can be found here.