Webinar for Bachelor of Engineering Students

On the 28th of April, the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai and our colleague Ms. Betty Huber cooperated in organizing a Webinar for students who are interested in pursuing their Bachelor of Engineering in Germany. Initially, 250 students signed up out of which 120 attended the Webinar. As most of the students came through the Goethe Institute a lot of them had some German knowledge already which is profitable for the bilingual study programmes.
German Universities are staying optimistic that once the borders open there will be a big intake of Indian students.

Updates from Solapur

All started with a delegation in 2019 and now we are here:
The smart water monitoring project in cooperation with Fraunhofer IGB Stuttgart is now in the implementation phase. The German equipment by Nivus and Jumo is currently getting shipped to India. It will be installed towards the end of May. Once the installation is done the water data measurements will be initiated for smart quality monitoring.

Info Webinar - Bachelor of Engineering in Germany

This one is for all students who are interested to pursue a Bachelor of Engineering in Germany. Register for the info event on 28th of April

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai


Our teammember Jyotsna retires!

On Tuesday, the 16th of March, we had a small team lunch to bid farewell to our team member Jyotsna who managed all our admin work and looked after the Karlsruhe office, too.
She’s officially retiring and we will miss her dearly.
All the best Jyotsna!

2nd edition of the MCCIA International Business Summit

On the 1st and 2nd of March MCCIA hosted its flagship event, the 2nd Pune International Business Summit in a hybrid format, with around 50 people physically attending.
More than 10 different nations presented themselves on the international platform.
Karlsruhe was participating and showcased their ecosystems and their strength in the area of Startups and Artificial Intelligence.
Being a gold sponsor for MCCIA’s event, Karlsruhe and the India Board made use of their pool position and the Pune team was able to make a lot of new contacts.
The City of Karlsruhe’s session was chaired by Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup who emphasized the importance of our close ties with Pune and the strong relations which results in more and more joint projects in Smart City and AI. Lord Mayoress of Baden-Baden conveyed her invitation to visit Baden-Baden and offered her support to facilitate the contacts to the business scene in and around Baden-Baden.

29th Meeting of Businessmen in IT, Communications and Media (

During the COVID19 pandemic, the importance of digitization has rapidly grown in all areas of business and life. In the future, digital fitness will be an opportunity and a challenge for companies, administrations, and universities. As a result, the need for IT specialists is growing just equally fast. These experts are often not sufficiently available on the German labour market.

To inform companies in their region Cyberforum South in Baden-Baden  has decided to host a virtual info event on 4th  February 2021 at 4 – 5.30 pm CET | 8.30 – 10 pm IST.
Ms. Iris Becker, Representative of the State of Baden-Württemberg in Maharashtra / India and the City of Karlsruhe in Pune, will present various models to utilize and work with  Indian IT specialists.

The target group of this event are Managing Directors, Startups, Heads of IT-Departments of enterprises, Municipalities, Authorities, Institutes and Universities.
Participation is of course free of charge!


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Attention: Event will be in German!

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Baden- Baden sends Diwali wishes!

Ms. Margret Mergen, Lord Mayoress of Baden- Baden addressed the Indian community – not only in Baden- Baden- but all over the world. She sends her greetings and wishes for a prosperous Diwali!

Happy Diwali from Baden-Wuerttemberg

Ms. Theresa Schopper, Stateminister of Baden-Wuerttemberg sends her greetings and best wishes for Diwali. May it be on filled with hope!

As we celebrate the festival of lights, let us hope that it brings new opportunities to work together and prosper.
Diwali is meant to bring families, friends and everyone together who is in need of company or someone to feel connected to.
Please find the video message of Dr. Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe conveying his Diwali greetings to send out a message of light in these dreary times here:

Warm wishes to you and your loved ones on Diwali

GINSEP Start-up Delegation tour to Germany

The German Indian Start-up Exchange Program (GINSEP) organized a 5-day virtual delegation trip, visiting 4 Start-up hubs across Germany. Karlsruhe was one of them. During the Delegation we have the chance to e-visit several Startup Hubs in Germany. On 28, October Karlsruhe introduced its impressive Start-up ecosystem.
70 Start-ups from the field of Digital Healthcare and Industrial Digitization had applied to join on the tour.
The tour was enriched by various webinars and break-out sessions , networking opportunities with Mentors and Investors including digital meet-ups, digital city tours and an expo to showcase different start-ups and their products/ services.
This  provided the rare opportunity for Indian Investors to dive into the Indo-German Start-up scene from the comfort of your home.

Indian consul general from Munich visits Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe

On October 19.-20. we were able to welcome His Excellency Mohit Yadav and his colleagues in Baden-Baden. The economic development department not only organized a visit to the ELAN start-up center, but also to the companies TVS Autoserv and Mold-Masters Europa GmbH.

Lord Mayoress Ms. M. Mergen welcomed the delegation to the town hall for an intensive exchange about cooperation opportunities. Mr. Yadav expressed his wish to strengthen the close cooperation with Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe and to actively support it on his part.

In the evening, Lord Mayor Dr. F. Mentrup invited  for a dinner in Karlsruhe, which was attended by some participants of the India Board, the city as well as KME and KTG.


Happy Anniversary!!
The GIRT (German Indian Roundtable) in Freiburg is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
A small celebration which included a podium session took place on 15th of October which was attended by the members of GIRT: Clemens Sexauer (Beo Software GmbH), Reinhard Schnurr (Zahoransky AG), Stefan Denzler (Atmos Medizintechnik GmbH) and Ingrid Gebhardt (Fischerwerke GmbH & Co KG) gave an insight into their experience with GIRT. The QR code will give you access to a short video narrating the story of GIRT. Or you can simply follow this link:
If you need further information or if you would like to join the GIRT in Freiburg, please contact Ms. Iris Becker:


Join us for another Webinar Series!! This time for students interested to take up a bachelor course in Germany. Sign up here:…/1FAIpQLSd0pMcbTs03Ls…/viewform


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Goethe and LBIT joined hands for another programme.
Join us for a Webinar which will provide you with all the information you need if you want to pursue your Masters at one of the Universities of Applied Sciences in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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Join us for our next Webinar on 28th of August.
The Goethe Institute Chennai and Ms. Betty Huber (HfsW) are organizing a Webinar for students who want to apply for Bachelors of Engineering in Germany.
Three German professors and one professor from Goethe Chennai will be speaking to the students.
Sign up through the Link in the ad.
For more information feel free to reach out to:


CG Mohit Yadav and Consul N.Ramakrishnan have been welcomed to Karlsruhe for a 2 days tour on 11th/12th of August 2020. As Karlsruhe is the Pioneer and only City in Baden-Württemberg with its own office in Pune CG was interested to get to know active players and offered his support in all aspects of our Indo-German Collaboration.
We met the colleagues of KA Economic Development Department, Ralf Eichhorn and the Director of KA Marketing & Event, Martin Wacker and Svenja Paucovic at the „Alter Schlachthof“, had a brief tour in Perfekt Futur, the startup center for creative young companies.
A company visit took place at PTV Group, a specialist of mobility and transport by using world-class software, data and scientific know-how gained from four decades of experience in planning and optimizing the movement of people and goods.
We were received by Ms. Stifter, Head of Global Communications, the CEO Mr. Haas and Mr. Möhl, Director Sales.
KIT has organised an extensive program with visits to the Institute for Technology Assessment & Systems Analyses, Institute of Nanotechnology, Institute of Meteorology & Climate Research and a meeting with Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, Prof. Dr. Hirth.


During a 3- day visit in Freiburg, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart an extensive program was organised by our Pune office for Ms Bruns, new Director of Goethe Institute /

Max Mueller Bhavan Pune
Starting in Freiburg they met with the Freiburger Barockorchester, Ulrich v. Kirchbach, Mayor for Culture, Youth, Social Affairs and Integration as well as Thorsten Schütte, Representative of the Film academy Baden-Württemberg.
In Karlsruhe we were warmly welcomed by Mr. Kaiser, Mr. Eichhorn, Ms Pflieger (Economic Development Department) at the „Alter Schlachthof“. We had a guided tour through the Startup Center „Perfekt Futur“ and the Creative Hub of KA. Mr. Wacker and Ms Paukovic, KME (KA Marketing & Event) introduced the India Summer Days, an unique outdoor Indian Summer Festival, bringing an authenthic flavor of India to KA. (Bilder einfügen)
Prof. Weibel and Christiane Riedel, ZKM (Center for Art and Media) invited us for an exchange, presentation and a guided tour through the latest exhibitions in ZKM.
Lord Mayor Dr. F. Mentrup welcomed Ms. Bruns during Lunch.
Prof. Dr. P. Müller-Tamm, Staatliche Kunsthalle showed us around and gave us a beautiful guided tour. Dr. Eberhard Fischer gave us a very alive impression of KA during a bicycle tour followed by a dinner with some more Indian players.
In Stuttgart we met Ms Petra Olschowski, Ministry of Science, Research and Arts as well as the colleagues of State Ministry, Ms. Scheiffele and Dr. Eberle. A visit in Lindenmuseum rounded the tour in Stuttgart.
Inspired and with a lot of ideas for further collaboration and the expressions of mutual interest we will take opportunities forward.


The strong German-Indian partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Maharashtra in the fields of economy and culture is celebrated every year within the framework of the INDIA SUMMER DAYS Karlsruhe. Although the popular India festival cannot take place live in Karlsruhe this year, India fans can still experience an excerpt of Indian culture online on 17 and 19 July 2020.
Numerous project partners offer digital events on their own social media channels for participation. On the Facebook and Instagram accounts of the INDIA SUMMER DAYS Karlsruhe, the online offers are accordingly bundled into a diverse programme under the umbrella brand #indiasummerdays2020. An overview of the program can be found here:
Join us for some interesting Workshops.


In July GINSEP organized a daylong Start-Up Pitch event .
The “India Board Karlsruhe” has already worked successfully on several occasions and delegations with “GINSEP”, the “German Indian Startup Exchange Program”, a non-profit initiative of the “Federal Association of German Startups”.The Economic Development Department Karlsruhe supports start-ups – in an online event with a live pitch from Indian and German start-ups. Startups from Digital Health, Industrial Digitization / Industry 4.0 and Mobility had the opportunity to pitch before an expert jury.
Karlsruhe also sponsored a price for one of the pitch winners which was “virtually” handed over by Lord mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup.


Another Covid 19 Initiative from Karlsruhe is the Corona Channel. Different Companies and Industries talk about challenges and opportunities they’ve come across while tackling the virus in the business context. – English Version


During these challenging times it is tough to pay attention to good things which are happening around the globe.

We would like to share a success story with you:
A group of International Entrepreneurs came together for a project under the umbrella of solutions for a “new humanity”

What does “solutions for a new humanity” mean? In that case it is the realization that we can only get through the crisis as We and not as I.
The basic concept of that initiative is to share plans and drawings – for example for protective face shields or mobile covid testing vans – so any company across the world can access those and produce the items to help society – basically like an “open source” concept.
We are very proud to announce that Schmalz India Pvt Ltd distributed 90 Face shields to police officers on duty in Pune.

We as LBIT have started to build a network which connects Entrepreneurs and businesses which are interested in joining us for the “new Humanity” projects. Through this we connect bright minds and companies which can implement designs and production.

If you are interested to join or want more information please feel free to reach out to us:


On 2nd and 3rd of March the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture organized an International Business Summit within the premises of JW Marriott.
This 2-day event was attended by multiple government officials from various countries. F.e the German and the Suisse Consul General as well as the Italian Secretary General.
Using the keyword international a lot of speakers had an international background. We. Let’s bridge IT also had a speaker slot in which we presented the city of Karlsruhe and its innovation and Start Up landscape.
Throughout the summit about 25 exhibitors showcased their services and introduced their companies to the visitors. Let’s bridge IT had designed a booth to inform about the services offered which attracted a lot  people.


On 5th, February the Baden- Wuerttemberg CEO Roundtable was hosted by Mr. Kalidas Bhangare, Managing Director Testo India in the premises of Testo India. This CEO meet was a special one, as it was attended by the Baden- Wuerttemberg State Minister, Ms. Theresa Schopper, and other Officials from the State Ministry. During their delegation visit to India, they wanted to use this opportunity to meet the MDs/ CEOs of BW companies, which opened their subsidiaries in Pune. During the same event the new BW brochure showcasing subsidiaries of Baden- Wuerttemberg companies successfully settled in Maharashtra was officially launched.


On 2/3, Feb 2020 a political delegation from BW headed by State Minister Ms Theresa Schopper visited Delhi. They had the opportunity to meet with Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing& Urban Affairs. It was a special meeting as there are already long lasting relations especially between Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, Dr. Frank Mentrup and him as they signed a MoU between PMC and Karlsruhe in 2018. It was decided to intensify the exchange in the area of Smart City Development.

Ambassador of Germany in India, Walter Lindner invited the State Minister for a breakfast briefing as well as the complete delegation in the evening for an evening reception in his residence. The exchange with him and representatives of politic, film, music, art and culture gave it a colourful flavour.


After Pune, Karlsruhe delegation continued their journey to Nagpur. they met with members of VIA- Vidarbha Industries Association and Smart City Nagpur to discuss the ongoing collaboration within different aspects of Smart City.
They also joined the Citizen Participation Recognition Award ceremony which honoured Nagpur citizens for their outstanding contribution to the community.
The delegates got the chance test drive the newly inaugurated Nagpur metro, as well as to try their hand at the new E- scooters and bikes available at various Metro stations for easy mobility of citizens.


On 4th of February the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MCCIA) hosted a Summit on all the different aspects of Industry 4.0.

Karlsruhe delegation played a vital role in representing the city at the summit with participants and representatives from companies like Picker & Partner GmbH, IRTI Robotics, Schweickert GmbH along with Karlsruhe institute of Technology, who presented the upcoming changes and impact of Artificial intelligence.
One of the highlights of the Summit was the signing of an MoU between the NCL (National Chemical Laboratory) – KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) – INERATEC GmbH and Praxys. The collaboration will work jointly towards the development of synthetic fuels.


A high-profile delegation of 8 members travelled from Karlsruhe to India from 2nd to 8th of February. The Experts from the Smart City and the Economic Development department visited the cities of Pune, Nagpur and Mumbai. Their extensive itinerary In Pune revolved around discussions with old and new partners. New and exciting initiatives were kicked off such as Start-Up collaborations, a Digital Hub and meetings with companies, who plan to expand in south Germany.
The purpose was to define new areas/ scope for further collaborations between Karlsruhe and Pune/ Nagpur and Mumbai.

A highly anticipated networking evening event took place in Poona Club and was hosted by the City of Karlsruhe, the State Ministry of Baden- Wuerttemberg (BW) and the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts. LBIT played an active role in inviting it’s esteemed network, of over all the years to interact with BW delegates. Dr. Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, Ms Petra Olschowski, State Secretary and Mr. Prashant Girbane, DG of MCCIA delivered powerful welcome addresses.
A classical Indian dance performance was organised by Prof. Bhole’s students of Pune University and it highlighted the evening.
ZKM Karlsruhe (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien) introduced an interesting light installation by projecting various graphic patterns on white acrylics.

The evening turned out to be a perfect blend of valued business conversations, accompanied by good food, art and coming together of like- minded professionals from Pune and Germany.


From 17th to 21st of November a GIZ Delegation visited Baden-Württemberg

GIZ works closely with the Ministry of MSME in order to support innovation and incubation initiatives for MSMEs. GIZ organised the Delegation with representatives from Ministry of MSME, MCCIA, Pune and CMIA, Aurangabad and we visited Stuttgart and Karlsruhe in order to meet representatives from State Ministry, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing, the various incubators/accelerators in both the cities. The purpose of the visit was to learn  about good practices in Baden- Württemberg and get to know the stakeholders of the BW innovation eco-system.

An organised VIP Tour of Museum Benz Museum was a further highlight. Throughout the visit Ms Iris Becker accompanied the delegation. It was an insightful, great learning with extensive and fruitful discussions.


On 19th of October Ms. Betty Huber attended the event which was held for the 50th anniversary of the Goethe Institute, Mumbai. This event was open to the public and more than 200 students and their parents attended the same.
A lot of educational institutes were invited to give a short presentation about their work. Betty Huber held a very informative session about the Universities of Applied Sciences Aalen and Heilbronn. This session was attended by around 40 students who want to pursue their studies in Germany.


Organized by IUC on 17 / 18.9.2019 the unique forum took place in Delhi. The cities of the City2City Pairing Project had the opportunity to present their projects.

Dr. Ramnath Sonawane, head of the Nagpur SmartCity Initiative and Iris Becker, representative of Karlsruhe, represented the Project Manager Prof. Dr. Med. Anke Karmann-Wössner and presented the very successful project Karlsruhe – Nagpur for the introduction of the infrastructure of bike system.

The next meeting of the partners is planned in Nagpur in February 2020. This should put the project into the implementation phase.


From 29th of July to 2nd of August Mr. Rajesh Dufare from Nagpur’s Smart City department visited Karlsruhe.
This visit was part of the EU project “City2City Pairing” of Karlsruhe and Nagpur, the third expert exchange of SmartCity representatives took place in Karlsruhe. In a joint workshop of representatives of the economic development department and the city planning office, the project ” Bicycle rental system for Nagpur” was further developed. In the next step it is agreed to adapt and implement the project for the local situation in Nagpur as a possibility for the so-called “last mile” from metro station to home. During the visit, Nagpur was able to get an overview of Karlsruhe’s activities for the development of cycle paths and the introduction to the multimodal transport concept. The Nagpur delegation had a detailed exchange of ideas with Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, Dr. F. Mentrup. The visit concluded with the tour of Karlsruhe based companies like PTV group. The next exchange is scheduled for February 2020.


A GIZ Delegation from the Automotive, Manufacturing Sector and Academia of Aurangabad visited Baden- Württemberg (BW) to explore how BW sets up innovation and digitalisation.
The programme consisted of site visits like Siemens and Lapp Group as well as Institutions like e-mobil, Allianz 4.0 and Fraunhofer Institute, Automotive Engineering Network (AEN), Lernfabrik 4.0 and furthermore the University of Applied Science, Pforzheim – just to name a few. The goal was to see best practices on how to interlink research, academia and industry. The Delegates are especially interested in forming a Digital Hub as seen in Karlsruhe. Fruitful discussions and interactions were finalised at the India Summer Days where the Delegation participated in their traditional Kurtas.


The 3rd edition of the colourful Openair Festival “India Summer Days” (ISD) took place in Karlsruhe from 12th to 14th of July and had a whopping number of 14.000 visitors in attendance.
The official Inauguration with the lightning of the lamps was attended by Ms. Petra Olschowski (State Secretary, Ministry of Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg) , Dr. Frank Mentrup (Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe) and Mr. Andreas Lapp (Honorary Consul of the Republic of India for Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland- Palatinate) who summarized the India Summer Days nicely: “Culture along with science and business is an important part of this partnership”. Furthermore, artists from West Bengal & Goa came to Karlsruhe to present the beauty of their states at ISD.
Santulan Ayurveda, lead by Shriguru Dr. Balaji Tambe offered Yoga Workshops, introductions into Ayurvedic cooking and Ayurvedic consulting by Santulan doctor’s team. The interest in India’s ayurvedic heritage attracted a a lot of interest. Bollywood for everyone, a “Turban Man” from Maharashtra who tied thousands of turbans, Indian cuisine and delicacies supplemented the colourful program. The bazaar with handwoven fabrics, shawls, jewellery, clothes was booming. Visitors enjoyed the colourful authentic impressions of India.


On 24th July, Let’s bridge IT set up the 3rd edition of the Baden-Württemberg CEO/MD Roundtable. It was hosted by Mr. Sanjay Kulkarni, MD Pilz India Pvt.Ltd who gave us the opportunity to meet and get to know Pilz India company facilities.
15 MDs and CEOs from the BW-Company – Network joined and discussed various aspects of “Internationalization of a global workforce” along with a guided plant tour and a networking dinner.
Guest speaker for the evening was Ms. Vaishali Karmankar, Goethe Institute Mumbai gave a presentation about “cultural misunderstandings in an international working environment”.
The goal of the CEO BW Roundtable is to interlink the business community of our BW-companies, create more awareness and strengthen the visibility in Pune as well in BW.
A special thanks to Mr. Kulkarni for his kind hospitality!


IMC Chambers of Commerce and Industry partnered with Let’s bridge IT to host an interactive meeting to help MSMEs acquire technology, product market from Germany. The meeting was held in Mumbai on 3rd June and was attended by 75 members of the IMC.


On 6th June 2019, Ms. Iris Becker hosted the GIRT Chapter in Freiburg. The guest of honor for the evening was Dr. Sugandha Rajaram, Consul General of India from Munich. The main topic of discussion revolved around current Work Visa scenario and the challenges it poses. Dr. Rajaram hosted a presentation ‘India means Business’ and covered vital points around the theme, especially in the light of recent elections conducted.


Mr. Marius Mohr, Mr. Macr Beckett (Faaunhofer) and Mr. Juergen Schmidt (UTBW) visited the city of Solapur for 5 days in May 2019. they were accompanied by Mr. Ashish Pandit (Let’s bridge IT) during their visit. The discussions were useful  to understand the perspective from the German side and to know in some way how the city of Solapur works including some of its administrative/cultural/economic/political sensitivities.

During their stay they had several industry and site visits planned, they attended Municipal, Academic & Smart City Focused Workshop along with industry focused workshops. The visit was successful and is to be followed by a high profile delegation visit in October 2019.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Participants included:

  • 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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


A high-profile delegation from Karlsruhe visited Pune Nagur and Mumbai between 26th Nov- 2nd Dec 2018.

Participating Delegates:

  • 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/ 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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




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.


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.


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”.


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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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.


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.


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.


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