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“Super Connectors – Building a Global Tech-Entrepreneurship Community!”

Tech-Entrepreneurship is all about building networks. The entrepreneurial creation of products and services for the wealth of the entire globe requires building a network of super connectors. Super connectors are the network nodes that connect regional innovation systems globally. Academic universities and research institutes, research labs as the source of tech-innovation on the one side and accelerators, (corporate) investors on the market-side can play a critical role as super-connectors in a global innovation network. This is the case as such institutes allow and support the flow of entrepreneurial activities in an innovation system. Today such super connectors often exist in event orientated communities. However, for being a global source that leverages entrepreneurial engagement in the entire world a more structured collaboration apprears to be beneficial. The ICE/IEEE ITMC Community invites the global tech-community to explore the potential for a super connectors network at this years conference in Stuttgart. The research and the market side in the innovation transfer of technology startups are invited to join this track at the conference.
Come and share your experiences on building Global Ecosystems and Networks! We are open for Ideas and Contributions to develop this Super Connectors-Network together!
The conference will bulid the track “Super Connectors - Building one Global Tech-Entrepreneurship Community!” on the network of already existing super connectors:
Sutardja Center, UC Berkeley: The Sutardja Center for Technology & Entrepreneurship is the premier hub at UC Berkeley for technology-centered innovation and entrepreneurship. Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist and Founding Director, has been building a global startup network with different initiatives such as the Global Venture Lab. 
Startup Europe: Isidro Laso supports the initiative as the Head of Startup Europe (European Commission) to connect Europe to the world. Startup Europe is an initiative of the European Commission, which falls under its priority of the ‘Digital Single Market” by connecting the European Startup Eco-System.
Baden-Württemberg: Connected e.V. (bwcon): is the leading business initiative for the promotion of the high-tech sectors. Bwcon is an active part of the European startup community, participating in many initiatives for briding cross-boarder entrepreneurial activities with more than 3000 contacts all over the world.
Universidade Nova de Lisboa: António Grilo is Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL). He lectures Entrepreneurship and is involved in projects to connect Europe with startups-ecosystems in Africa, South-America and Asia.
IST Innovationsinsitut: The Institute for Strategic Innovation and Technology Management IST is the competence center of the HTWG Konstanz on innovation and strategy. Guido Baltes,  the Director of the Insitute, combines his professional experience and global network with the corporate as well as the entrepreneurial perspectives he has gained.
IGTCloud:  Avner Algom is the CEO of the Israel based IGTCloud, an non-profit organization of leading industry companies, startups, ISVs, customers, vendors, VCs and academia, focused on innovation, knowledge sharing and networking for developing Cloud, BIG Data, AI & Data Science based technologies and solutions. It is open, independent and vendor-neutral.
Daimler AG: Daimler is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach.  Daimler collaborates with startups in different programs. The Startup advance is a co-development partnership program that Daimler offers for startups in its van division. Come to the conference and see the options for collaboration.
DLR: The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR)  supports through the European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs the European excellence and leadership throughout the creation of service facilities to European organizations, such as Universities, Research Centers, Research Councils, Innovation Agencies, Funding Agencies, STI networks and platforms, among others, to cooperate, connect, expand and scale business and innovation development with three strategic partner countries, namely Brazil, China, United States of America.

Photonics BW e.V.: Is the innovation network for optical technologies in Baden-Württemberg with more than 70 members, large corporates, SMEs, startups and RTOs. With its services and global network in the fields of photonics, adjacent technologies and user applications, it aims to boost innovation capacity and international competitiveness. Photonics BW is an Ambassador of Startup Europe, an initiative of the European Commission and supports deeptech startups scaling up.

BadenCampus is a German start-up accelerator with focus on sustainability and microsystems technology. Entrepreneurs are guided by a high-class support and can benefit from numerous workshops, a network of excellence and experienced mentors. BadenCampus utilizes its location at the border triangle of Germany, France and Switzerland as a steppingstone for international co-operations

25th ICE / IEEE ITMC Conference 2019
Dr. Marc Pallot
Presence & Innovation Team, Arts & Métiers ParisTech

Dr. Alain Zarli 
R2M Managing Partner