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“Vernetzt & International”

Successful "Networked & International" dialog workshop promotes innovation and collaboration

On Thursday, May 11, the Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science e.V. (WvSC) hosted the “Networked & International” dialog workshop. This event was part of a two-part series of events focusing on knowledge networking for the development of internationally competitive future solutions. Industry, academia and start-ups met to discuss the exchange of ideas and collaborations.

The event was organized by the Brandenburg Ministry of Labor, Economic Affairs and Energy (MWAE) in cooperation with the BMWK initiative Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Zukunftskultur, the Berlin-Brandenburg Business Associations (UVB), the Brandenburg Economic Development Board (WFBB) and aBB automotive Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.. The event was hosted by the Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science (WvSC), an industry and science campus that promotes research collaborations between companies, universities, research institutions and start-ups in Berlin’s future-oriented Siemensstadt Square.


The event focused on how companies can develop internationally competitive innovations and new business models through exchange and cooperation. The discussion revolved around relevant networks, contact opportunities, opportunities and challenges, and framework conditions for success in the digital economy.

A central topic was the importance of networks and cooperations for the innovative capacity of companies. The participants agreed that exchange and cooperation between established companies, startups, research institutions and universities are essential to increase the speed of innovation and develop new solutions. The importance of breaking down knowledge silos within and between companies and enabling open discussions about new ideas was emphasized.


Another focus was on upskilling employees to meet the demands of digital transformation. The panelists agreed that companies need to equip their employees with the necessary skills and knowledge to identify international trends and shape future-proof business models. In addition, it was emphasized that close cooperation between companies, universities and research institutions helps to strengthen innovative capabilities.


In a presentation by regional entrepreneurs, specific innovation projects with an international focus were presented. The opportunities and challenges associated with active foreign business were discussed. The company representatives emphasized the importance of social and strategic competencies as well as effective communication with foreign partners.

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