Discover Germany, Issue 39, June 2016

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Innovation made in Germany For the third time, more than 1,000 decision makers from the German small and medium business sector meet for the Deutsche Mittelstands-Summit. The summit conference will take place on the 24 June in Essen and promises an eventful day with various panel discussions, presentations and the TOP 100 award, which is handed out to outstanding innovative companies.

From top left Compamedia CEO Joachim Schuble. © Compamedia GmbH Scientific Director of TOP 100 Dr. Nikolaus Franke. © Compamedia GmbH Mittelstands Summit Logo. © Compamedia GmbH TOP 100 Award. © Compamedia GmbH TOP 100 mentor Ranga Yogeshwar. © Compamedia GmbH TOP Consultant mentor Christian Wulff. © Laurence Chaperone TOP Consultant Award. © Compamedia GmbH

TEXT: THOMAS SCHROERS I PHOTOS: COMPAMEDIA GMBH, LAURENCE CHAPERONE

The German company compamedia GmbH has been in the business of promoting its home countries small and medium-sized enterprises for a while. Since its inception in 1993, compamedia has devoted itself to various projects concerning this topic, most prominently the nationwide business comparison TOP 100, with which it is trying to find the most innovative companies in the country. After 20 years of TOP 100 experience, compamedia found the Deutsche Mittelstands-Summit three years ago to give innovators just another platform to present themselves and communicate with each other. The summit programme For this year’s summit, the organisers have developed an eclectic day-long 88 | Issue 39 | June 2016

programme, that explores topics of creativity, current business trends and of course the main theme of innovation. Among the agenda highlights is a keynote speech by trend scientist Matthias Horx entitled ‘The economy of tomorrow’. In his presentation he will explore current social megatrends and their influences on the business world. Following the speech, the summit will commence with a panel discussion about business model innovation. Thus participants Matthias Stotz (CEO of Junghans), Dirk Graber (Founder/CEO of Mister Spex), Alexander Schwarz (General Manager of Airbnb) and our current cover star Ranga Yogeshwar will discuss the potential benefits of deliberate innovation in terms of business strategy. During other parts of the summit, participants will

find out about employee trust, longterm financing and public relations. Furthermore, an innovation work shop lead by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke from the Vienna Business School invites people to join together in intensive dialogue and information exchange. Awarding innovation All of the above will take place at the architecturally unique SANAA building on the UNESCO world heritage ZecheZollverein. From here, the event will head over to the Colosseum Theater Essen for the vespertine gala. Moderated by journalist Judith Rakers, the evening’s natural highlights are the awards for TOP 100 and TOP CONSULTANT. For that reason, Rakers will be joined by Yogeshwar, who is the mentor for