NEWS & UPCOMING DATES
BADEN BADEN HOSTS AN INFO- SEMINAR ON INDIA!
Last week, a very unique seminar was jointly hosted in Baden- Baden by IHK Karlsruhe, Economic Development Department of Baden- Baden and the India Board Karlsruhe.
The speakers for the evening included:
Mrs. Margret Mergen, City Mayor of Baden- Baden, Mr. Robert Huber, IHK Karslruhe, Ms. Iris Becker, Baden- Wuerttemberg representative in Maharashtra, Mr. Avinash Sondhi, CEO, S & A, and Ms. Simone Pflieger and Mr. Ralf Eichhron from India Board Karlsruhe.
The evening provided a platform for 3 German companies successfully operating in India.
These case studies were presented by Mr. Peter Eiswein from ARKU, Mr. Sebastian Schleusch from Nextbike and Mr. Hans Hagelstein from Milacron MoldMasters Europa GmbH. The event was coordinated by Mr. Martin Lautenschlager from the Economic Development Department for the City of Baden- Baden.
ANNUAL MEET-UP OF GLOBAL BADEN- WUERTTEMBERG'S REPRESENTATIVES!
On 11th and 12th April, the annual gathering of all global Baden- Wuerttemberg Representatives (India, China, Vietnam, Silicon Valley, Brasil, Japan) took place in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. The meeting was organised by the State Ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg for Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing. A two- day program started with participation of the „Digitalgipfel“ in Carl Benz Arena, Stuttgart.
Ms. Iris Becker attended the programme which intensively focused on Industry 4.0 and Artificial Intelligence, which are relevant and upcoming topics for Baden- Wuerttemberg. To make this focus more visible and appealing, the programme offered a tour through the FZI- Research Center for Information Technology
The highlight of the event was the digital conference 2019 – Economy 4.0 BW. The Minister of Economy and Work, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister- Kraut, rightly pointed out the importance of research in the field of artificial intelligence.
Besides some very interesting speeches – some of them can be found here www.wirtschaftdigital-bw.de, we would recommend to watch the speech by Prof. Dr. Juergen Schmidthuber as he aptly pointed out the role of artificial intelligence on future technology.
All the Representatives had the chance to speak about their experiences in various countries and about their future development and growth plans.
IMC SME CONCLAVE INDUSTRY 4.0
Ms. Iris Becker was an active part of the ‘IMC SME CONCLAVE: INDUSTRY 4.0 Make Mittelstand in India’ held on March 13, 2019 at Hotel Taj Lands’ End Bandra (West) Mumbai. The topic of focus and keen interest amongst participants was Collaboration between IMC and City of Karlsruhe and how this will help SME members of IMC.
KARLSRUHE HOSTS INDO- GERMAN START UP ROUNDTABLE!
On 5th February, Karlsruhe hosted its second edition of Indo- German Start up Roundtable at Culture and Creativity Center, Karlsruhe (K3). Karlsruhe also hosted a tour a day prior to the roundtable to visit sights of interest in Karlsruhe and Baden- Baden.
BADEN- WUERTTEMBERG START UP SUMMIT HOSTED IN STUTTGART
On 1st of February 2019 the first Start Up BW Summit took place in Stuttgart. With over 400 participants representing 300+ startups, the summit was filled with inspiring pitches on several industry topics. The summit was inaugurated by Mr. Winfried Kretschmann (Chief Minister of BW) and Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister- Kraut (Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing). The Start Up Party in the evening was hosted by L-Bank to commemorate the summit. The visitors and Start Ups from Pune and Nagpur participated in the round trip through the Start Up scene in Baden- Wuerttemberg which included Karlsruhe and Baden- Baden. This summit proved to be a valuable platform for these cities to showcase their thriving Start Up culture.
STUTTGART MEETS MUMBAI CELEBRATES ITS 15th ANNIVERSARY!
In the last week of January, Mumbai hosted a big event: it marked the 15th year of its cooperation with the city of Stuttgart. Mr. Ashish Pandit and Ms. Jana Simon represented Let’s bridge IT and attended workshops and events during the festival. These workshops offered an array of topics around Stuttgart and its economy. Also present at the event was a delegation from Karlsruhe Marketing and Event GmbH with representatives including Mr. Martin Wacker, CEO and Ms. Svenja Paukovic, Project Consultant along with Mr. Jo Wagner, Journalist for the City of Karlsruhe. The delegation also visited Pune and were involved in meetings with Karla Santulan Village, Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture an engagement evening with former Chief Secretary Mr. Sumit Mullick and Mr. Jaykumar Rawal. Tourism Head of Maharashtra.
SECOND BW CEO ROUNDTABLE HOSTED IN PUNE!
As a part of scouting delegation program, Let’s bridge IT initiated the 2nd Baden- Wuerttemberg CEO Roundtable which was hosted and welcomed by Mr. Philip Mani, CEO of Schmalz India Pvt Ltd. The main purpose of this roundtable was on the upcoming elections and its effects on India and its cooperation with Germany, along with needs and expectations of German companies from the BW state government.
- Mr. Arun Shroff – Geissel India Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Anshuman Tambe – Heimatec India Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Steffen Sander – MPS Tech Engineering & Consultancy (India) Pvt. Ltd.
- Peter Bergmann – MPS Tech Engineering & Consultancy (India) Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Dheeraj More – Bokela India Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Kalidas Bhangare – Testo India Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Sourav Sen – Eirich India Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Philip J Mani – Schmalz India Pvt. Ltd.
SCOUTING DELEGATION'S FIRST VISIT TO FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY.
For the very first time, the scouting delegation from the partner state of Baden- Wuerttemberg visited Pune and Nagpur for an entire week in January to explore its food processing industry. The visits were designed specifically to suit the interests and specialties of visiting delegates namely, Dr. Monika Erath, Managing Director of the Food processing Cluster BW Agrarkontakte International (AKI), Ms Domenica Deffner, (AKI) and Ms Anna Krywalski – Baden–Württemberg International. Their program is Pune comprised of visits to the Sujata Mastani Manufacturing Unit along with Katraj Dairy Plant, as well as Gultekdi Market whilst exploring the cultural sites in Pune. In Nagpur, the delegation was welcomed by the Vidarbha Industry Association (VIA) Food Processing Forum and visits to several units like the Haldirams, Nagpur Dal Millers Cluster Pvt Ltd, and Suruchi Spices, also a working farm (about 30 Acres) where they saw real procedures that are used by the farmers in the city related to pulses, fruits and vegetables – growing as well as marketing.
DHBW VISITS LET'S BRIDGE IT!
On 16th of January Ms. Betty Huber and Ms. Iris Becker welcomed visitors from DHBW (Dual System High School of Karlsruhe) in our office. Mr. Prof. Volker Ihle, Head of the Industrial Engineering Department, and Mr. Prof. Dr. Ing. Stephan Schenkel, Vice Chancellor DHBW came to discuss several aspects of student recruitment and to gain greater insights in the Indian educational system. the purpose of the meeting was aimed at supporting and encouraging more Indian students to study in Karlsruhe.
We are looking forward to a successful cooperation!
LET'S BRIDGE IT VISITS VASANTDADA SUGAR INSTITUTE, PUNE!
The Let’s bridge IT team, Ms. Iris Becker, Mr. Ashish Pandit and Ms. Jana Simon were welcomed by Director General Mr. Shivaji Deshmukh. The purpose of the meeting was to brainstorm ideas for the following food processing delegation visit from Karlsruhe.
KARLSRUHE DELEGATES VISIT NAGPUR'S CITY OPERATION CENTRE!
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) hosted a 3- day workshop for the delegates of Karlsruhe and the main topic of discussion was Smart Mobility and Transportation. The delegates got the opportunity to visit the City Operation Centre and were impressed by the traffic monitoring management of the city.
Particularly, in the sensitisation of the citizens of Nagpur for use of new infrastructure for cycling and the prevention of additional pollution in the city center, Karlsruhe wants to bring existing business models and technologies, such as, traffic simulation or telematics. In return, Karlsruhe is keen to implement the ‘hi-tech’ technology for monitoring city transport from Nagpur.
Dr. Ramnath Sonwane, CEO of Nagpur Smart City, Prof. Anke Karmann-Wössner and Ralf Eichhorn explained the results of the workshop to Abhijit Bangar, Municipal Commissioner of Nagpur, who reaffirmed the experts in the continued cooperation and active support of the city of Nagpur in this city project within the framework of cooperation between the two states Maharashtra and Baden-Wuerttemberg.
CITY PAIRING BETWEEN NAGPUR & KARLSRUHE!
As part of the expert exchange program initiative sponsored by the European Commission and the Government of India, the delegation from Karlsruhe was welcomed in Nagpur by Mayor Nanda Jichka and senior representatives of the City Council and Nagpur Municipality. This delegation was supported and accompanied by Dr. Panagiotis Karamanos of the EU Commission ‘IUC International Urban Cooperation India’ and Ms. Iris Becker, Head of Innovation Office of Karlsruhe in Pune.
What was particularly well received in Nagpur, was the fact that the Karlsruhe delegation had brought in expert in relevant fields that were identified prior to their visit – so it was possible to go into great detail. The representatives of the city of Karlsruhe were also received warmly in Nagpur throughout their stay, were able to contribute their experience in urban planning, economic development and the expansion of civil services.
In the future, Nagpur intends to position itself strategically and closely with its international partners, including Germany, and to implement its ambitious goals in the Indian development program of the national government “100 Smart Cities” with the exchange of know-how.
KARLSRUHE DELEGATION IN PUNE, NAGPUR & MUMBAI
A high-profile delegation from Karlsruhe visited Pune Nagur and Mumbai between 26th Nov- 2nd Dec 2018.
- Ms. Prof. Dr. Anke Helene Marie-Luise Karmann-Woessner, Head of Urban Planning Office (City of Karlsruhe)
- Jan Balthasar Riel, Head of Institute for Traffic and Infrastructure at Hochschule Karlsruhe for Technology and Economics | University of Applied Sciences – Head of the Department for Transport Planning
- Mr. Oliver Christopher Will, Strategy, Smart Cities and Regions, Cross Sectoral cooperation, Digital and Public Diplomacy/Soft Power. Founder of “Strategiemanufaktur”
- Mr. Ralf Eichhorn, Head of Department of Innovation, Networks, International relations & SmarterCity within Department of Economic Development of the City of Karlsruhe
- Mr. Steffen Alexander Buhl, Project Manager SmarterCity/Karlsruhe.digital and Head of the City2City-Project ⁄ International Networks & Clusters
The topic of focus was about ‘Smart partnerships- Shaping the future together’, which is more relevant today than ever. In Pune, the delegates were set to meet up with its partner Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA). This was followed by a meeting with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on the exchange of Smart city cooperation with focus on digitalisation and mobility.
GERMAN CONSUL GENERAL VISITS LET'S BRIDGE IT
On Friday, 23rd of November the German Consul General, Dr. Jürgen Morhard, visited us in the new Let´s bridge IT office in Pune. After a short tour of the office, we had productive discussions about different issues Germany has to face at the moment. Everyone shared insights and opinions so we could get an overview about upcoming projects. There is one thing that needs a mention: As the number of Indian students wanting to study in Germany is growing consistently, the Consulate potentially needs to add visa processing centers to deal with the volume of incoming enquiries. This is a good thing for Baden-Württemberg as it is actively seeking for students from abroad.
LET'S BRIDGE IT RECEIVES BADEN- WUERTTEMBERG COMPANIES IN PUNE!
In last week of august, Let’s bridge IT hosted an intimate yet exclusive kick- off event for the CEOs of some of the Baden- Wuerttemberg companies in Pune. The purpose of the evening was to bring together long-standing contacts under one roof and introduce the official partnership between the States of Maharashtra and Baden- Wuerttemberg. At the same time, it was crucial to know how Ms. Iris Becker (Official Representative for the State of Baden- Wuerttemberg in Maharashtra) along with Mr. Ashish Pandit (Partner, State Representative for Baden- Wuerttemberg in Maharashtra) support these companies and their needs better, with a strong backing from the State Ministry of Baden- Württemberg.
The attendees for the evening:
Philip Mani, Schmalz India Pvt ltd, Tushar Kadam, ABAS ERP India, Dhiraj More, Bokela Pune, Kiran Kadam, Flux Pumps India Pvt Ltd, Kalidas Bhangare, Testo India, Peter Bergmann, MPS Tech Engineering & Consultancy (India) Pvt. Ltd., Anand Datey, MESTECH Services Pvt Ltd.
It was established that these roundtables be hosted on a quarterly basis taking turns amongst participating companies as hosts, which would be a great opportunity for them to showcase their products or services.
GLOBAL CONNECT UNITES BADEN- WUERTTEMBERG WORLDWIDE REPRESENTATIVES!
In June, the Global Connect exhibition united the representatives for the State of Baden- Wuerttemberg worldwide with an invitation from Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Housing. Representatives from India (Maharashtra), China, Brazil, Ethiopia and Vietnam were in attendance. The delegation was chaired by Dr. Stefanie Hinz, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Housing.
UNIVERSITY OF PFORZHEIM VISITS LET'S BRIDGE IT PUNE OFFICE!
Prof. Mario Schmidt from Pforzheim University, Germany visited Let’s bridge IT office in Pune along with Mr. Prashant from EnPro Consultants. The purpose of the visit was to discuss various models that would help start a pilot of the Materials Handling Process developed in Germany with companies in Pune region. The outcome is that the pilot is planned to start in 3 companies in Pune region from September.
HfSW KICKS OFF COOPERATION WITH LET'S BRIDGE IT!
The University Confederation Southwest (HfSW) has opened a contact office in Pune, India and will be represented by Ms. Betty Huber, Let’s bridge IT. This office will be the first point of contact for Indian applicants as well as it will strenghten the networking of the federal colleges with the local universities and companies and gain visibility.
The HfSW contact office was opened in cooperation with Let’s bridge IT specifically in Pune, due to the strong presence of Baden-Wuerttemberg companies represented here, also because Pune is one of the three most important centers of the automotive industry in India. The office will be based alongside the new Representative office of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Cooperation and Marketing office of Karlsruhe.
Office Address: 9th Floor, Sunit Capital Senapati Bapat Road Pune – 411016, Maharashtra – India
NAGPUR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION SIGNS MoU WITH KARLSRUHE!
The City of Karlsruhe and NMC signed an MoU regarding cooperation in the ‘Smart city Projects’. The NMC delegation was led by Mr. Deepraj Pardikar, Deputy Mayor of Nagpur and comprised of Mohd Jamal, Bahujan Samaj Party group leader and Member of the Board of Directors of Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Ltd. (NSSCCDL), Mr. Naresh Borkar, Executive Engineer and Mr. Rajesh Dufare, General Manager. The agreement is expected to pave way for exchange of technology between the two cities under the International Urban Cooperation India Program.
INDIA SUMMER DAYS 2018 DAZZLE KARLSRUHE CITY!
For two days with over 14,000 visitors at the Karlsruhe Günther-Klotz-Anlage, it once again was transformed into a Mini-India – with tourism information, catering areas, a bazaar and a varied and authentic cultural display from India. „We were able to significantly expand our festival compared to the previous year“, said Martin Wacker, Managing Director of Karlsruhe Marketing and Event GmbH. With performances ranging from „Patachira & Baul of Bengal, „Chau Dance“, Bhangra Performance“, concerts with sitar and tabla, Bollywood time travel, Bharatanatyam and Kathakali dances up to exclusive yoga and meditation workshops hosted by Dr. Balaji També.
STRATEGIC INDO- GERMAN START UP ROUNDTABLE DEBUTS IN KARLSRUHE!
The Strategic Indo- German Startup Roundtable was organized by the India Board Karlsruhe and the Ministry of Economics Baden Wuerttemberg, also supported by Bertelsmann Stiftung, German Indian Startup Exchange Program (GINSEP), KMK and University of Applied Sciences- was attended by over 60 international participants. It was an interactive exchange of knowledge with a sharp focus on startups and finding markets for the fresh entrepreneurs. The Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, Dr. Frank Mentrup played the perfect host and the roundtable was graced by Mr. Gurjit Singh, the former Indian Ambassador in Berlin and Mr. Sugandh Rajaram, Indian Consul General from Munich. Whether ‘Map of Ideas’, Expertise, Sustainability, Accelerator or the use and implementation of existing structures: feasible, concrete projects and actionable approaches were filtered out: both from Indian and German perspectives. “it was a great success that we were able to bring together these top- class experts in Karlsruhe,” said Ralf Eichhorn, the Economic Development Department of Karlsruhe. He further added, “with all these tangible solutions, we together can go one step further”.
LET'S BRIDGE IT HAS A NEW ADDRESS!
We are delighted to announce our move to our new office. On its amazing journey of facilitating Indo-German collaboration, Let’s bridge IT (LBIT) moves to the next level of expansion. We have shifted our office from ICC Tower to Sunit Capital, 9th Floor on Senapati Bapat Road. With this move, LBIT increases its office space sixfold and will host its pioneer, the City of Karlsruhe who started the Innovation Office with LBIT 4 years back, followed by the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg one year ago and the University Federation South West (HFSW), a federation of 7 universities of Baden-Wuerttemberg, clubbing their international activities and expanding them to India from March onwards. In future, we will host them all under one umbrella and hence create multifold synergies with our dear partners here in Pune as well as in Maharashtra.
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PUNE MUNICIPAL CORPORATION AND CITY OF KARLSRUHE SIGN MoU!
The City of Karlsruhe and the Pune Municipal Corporation have entered into a strategic and thematic partnership and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to further intensify the existing strong bond between the two cities.
These include exchanges in fields of smart city development, support to the start up ecosystems and digitalization.
LAUNCH OF GERMAN INDIAN START-UP EXCHANGE PROGRAM (GINSEP), DELHI
A high profile delegation along with Start-ups from Germany headed by Mr. Dirk Wiese, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany traveled to Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi in order to explore the Start-up ecosystems of the respective cities. GINSEP is a non-monetary platform initiated by the German Startups Association and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to strengthen and foster the German-Indian economic relations in the field of startups. On Friday, 23 Feb the official Launch of GINSEP has happened under the patronage of Ms. Liz Mohn, Vice-Chairwoman, Bertelsmann-Stiftung. Let’s bridge IT will in future closely work with GINSEP to foster the collaboration of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the City of Karlsruhe in the area of start-up exchange.
INDO GERMAN STARTUP EXCHANGE
Student Entrepreneurship from PionierGarage | Entrepreneurs. KIT in Karlsruhe meets Indian Founders mentality in Pune:
Lets Bridge It conducted together with BHAU – Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Leadership a Startup Event for exchange, collaboration and cooperation. Besides insights into the Startup Ecosystem of both cities, participants had the opportunity to talk about their Startups, projects and ideas. The event created a platform for founders from both countries, where they could speak about their learnings, challenges, differences and interest for further collaboration.
INDIA SUMMER DAYS
In July 2017 the first Indian Summer Days took place in Karlsruhe. With an extensive and colourful program over two days.
Of course, we were also there – and among other things gave an interview which you can read here