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Press agenda of the HIGHTECH VENTURE DAYS 2016

“Activating Venture Capital for European Innovation –
It’s getting better in Europe. Isn’t it?”

40+8 European high-tech startups from 6 key industries meet investors

Tuesday/Wednesday, 18 – 19 October 2016, Dresden (Germany)

Opening Hightech Venture Days 2016

Press panel,
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 10 a.m. (Gläserne Manufaktur - Volkswagen AG)
“Activating Venture Capital for European Innovation – it is getting better in Europe. Isn’t it?”


Moderator: Bettina Voßberg, Chairwoman of the Board HighTech Startbahn Netzwerk e. V., Dresden (Germany)

Greetings: Dr. Hartmut Mangold, Saxon State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport (Germany)

Julie Meyer, Founder and Managing Partner of Ariadne Capital Fund, Managing Partner Ecosystem Economics Fund, United Kingdom

Johannes Velling, Federal Ministry in for Economic Affairs and Energy - Head of Section, (Germany)

Christof Siebert, Head of Technology and Innovation Management, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG (Germany)

Joachim Rautter, Co-Founder & Managing Director Peppermint Venture Partners, Managing Partner Charité Biomedical Fund (Germany)

Christian Reitberger, General Partner Wellington Partners, b-to-v Circle of Investors (Germany)

Plus: Two of this year’s participating European tech-companies (startups and growth companies)


Press Lunch of the City of Dresden, Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 1 – 2 p.m. (Gläserne Manufaktur - Volkswagen AG)

Planned: City of Dresden as pioneer location for eMobility and autonomous driving with their partners Vodafone and Volkswagen AG


Visiting the exhibition of the 40 presenting companies, October 18, 2016, from 2 p.m. (Gläserne Manufaktur - Volkswagen AG)

Guided tour around the exhibition of the participating high-tech companies with the opportunity to exclusively discuss technological backgrounds, opportunities and market potentials with the entrepreneurs

Opening evening event, Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6 p.m. (Gläserne Manufaktur - Volkswagen AG)
Welcome Speech: Sabine Hepperle, Federal Ministry in for Economic Affairs and Energy
“Initiatives and boundary conditions for young, innovative companies in Germany”


„Star - Interview on Stage“

Julie Meyer, American businesswoman from Great Britain and author. Expert for digital, rapidly growing and early stage businesses worldwide; renowned for her disruptive entrepreneurship and transforming digital business models. Founder of a.o. Ariadne Capital (Venture Capital Company), Managing Director of Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs (ACE) Fund, Founder of EntrepreneurshipCountry

Interview on Stage with Bettina Voßberg, Chairwoman of the board HighTech Startbahn Netzwerk e.V.


Breakfast Panel for Investors and Politics, Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 8.45 - 10 a.m. (Gläserne Manufaktur - Volkswagen AG)

Lisa Witter, worked for governments and in politics worldwide, co-founder of several political education institutes. Serial founder, author and famous speaker. Co-founder of, a platform for innovation in politics and government. Lisa Witter elaborates on why modern political structures need technology and capital to successfully face future challenges.

High Level Panel Discussion for investors, politicians and journalists about “Innovation in Politics”. Three selected participants from politics, capital and a selected CiviTech startup discuss innovation in the “Vertical: Politics”

The event will be closed by the presentation of this year’s winner of the “Pitch Award” for the most convincing pitch (4.30 p.m.).


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