Innovation ConSensus drafts future charter for Germany

From education and finance to energy: 34 visionaries from the business, academic, and cultural spheres present a 10-point catalog for more innovation to policymarkers.

Presentation of future charter to Anne Ruth Herkes, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

Presentation of future charter to Anne Ruth Herkes, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

Innovation ConSensus Berlin: 31.8. till 2.9.2013

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Interdisziplinäre Teams ...

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... identifizieren Chancen für Deutschland

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Innovation ConSensus Berlin - Kleingruppe

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In a joint charter on Sunday, August 8, 2013, leading experts from the business, academic, and cultural spheres recommended new paths to innovation for Germany. “Germany has enormous potential for innovation but has often not taken full advantage of it. We now have concrete ideas and projects to change this,” the experts wrote in a 10-point opportunity catalog presented to Anne Ruth Herkes, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, at the end of the future summit “Innovation ConSensus” in Berlin. Innovation ConSensus is a joint initiative of Deutsche Bank, Google, Shell, and the Berlin-based startup campus Factory.

34 visionaries from DAX companies, medium-sized enterprises, and startups as well as universities and cultural institutions identified promising opportunities in the areas of labor and finance, education and health, infrastructure and energy, cultural and creative industries as well as entrepreneurship. The experts’ recommendations included a closer collaboration with banks, business angels, crowd-funding platforms, and venture capitalist firms to help launch and finance startups. Deutsche Bank Berlin, Factory, the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society,, and Osborne & Partners agreed to launch an initiative for that specific purpose.

The experts linked every opportunity with concrete project examples in the field, submitted prior to the conference via the Internet. The selected flagship projects range from a European online platform for higher education offers (iversity) and the integration of storage systems for volatile renewable energies in existing networks (Younicos) to a marketplace for IT infrastructure (Zimory) and au pair jobs for seniors (Granny Au Pair).

Innovation ConSensus is a new and unusual conference format in Germany. It welcomes everyone on the one hand while bringing together experts in a closed panel to debate the future on the other. The aim is to tap and unite ingenuity from all parts of society.

A detailed final report on the "Berlin Innovation Consensus" with analysis and background material will be completed by early October. The charter and other information will be available at:

“With Innovation ConSensus, we aim to show Germany’s deep potential – and the many ideas that can spring from it. Our daily lives are often a source of innovation. We frequently face situations that we can – and – must manage better. Innovation is essential for us and our planet. What we need is a basic sense of optimism and drive – that is the spirit of the ConSensus charter.”

Harald Eisenach Member of Management Committee Germany

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