WI22 Panel Discussion on “How can the BISE community promote tech start-ups tackling grand challenges?”

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On Monday, Feb 21, 2022, we will host a virtual panel discussion on “How can the BISE community promote tech start-ups tackling grand challenges?” in the course of the 17th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI22).

The panel brings together researchers, founders, entrepreneurs, and investors from different backgrounds and institutions to discuss the status quo of how the Business Information Systems Engineering (BISE) community does promote tech startups, and how we can improve it. The objective is to figure out strategies that create and leverage synergies between the scientific community and startups in the BISE field.

Universities play a central role in the startup ecosystem

Despite the pandemic situation, start-ups around the world raised around $329.5 billion last year, including 10.5 billion euros from start-ups in Berlin – more money than ever before. 

In the future, especially tech startups are expected to deliver significant contributions to economic and technological growth and development, thus to solving some of the world’s greatest challenges.

A recent survey of the German Startups Association among more than 2000 startups and 5000 founders shows that, in 2021, every fourth start-up spun off from a university or research institution, every second start-up cooperates with research institutions, and more than a third of all respondents met their co-founders at university.

The majority of startups appreciates this close relationship with universities. And as startups bring scientific innovation to practice, they are as important for universities as universities are important for startups. 

This raises the question of how the BISE community—in addition to universities’ general effort—can (better) promote tech start-ups tackling grand challenges?

The panelists are:

  • Christina Chase, 1st Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Lecturer of entrepreneurship at MIT EECS & MechE, Co-founder and Managing Director of the MIT Sports Lab
  • Dr. Florian Glaser, CTO ESG Green17 GmbH; Founder Algo Gym
  • Dr. Gesa Miczaika, Board Member at German Startups Association; Founding Partner at Auxxo Female Catalyst Fund
  • Prof. Dr. Kathrin Moeslein, Vice President Outreach and Professor of Information Systems, esp. Innovation and Value Creation at FAU Erlangen-NurembergPresident of the European Academy of Management
  • Prof. Dr. Dennis Steininger, Professor of Entrepreneurship, TU Kaiserslautern
  • Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Zarnekow, Professor of Information and Communication Management, TU Berlin

The audience is very welcome to join the discussion, ask questions, and/or share their experiences, perspectives, and ideas.

Click for more information to join the panel and register for WI22.