Bonn. Turning ideas into innovation - this is one of Frank Thelen's goals for this year's Summer Slam. This is the third time that the Digital Hub Bonn has hosted this event.
The Hub is a center for digital start-ups that has been bringing together investors, experts and start-ups for nearly three years now.
Patron Frank Thelen is himself a company founder and investor. He describes the festival on Wednesday, May 29 as the "Pearl of German Start-up Events". Start-ups and people interested in setting up a business can meet and exchange ideas with investors and opinion leaders.
"It is exciting to see how the ecosystem (of entrepreneurship) grows from year to year and more and more young people dare to take the step," says Thelen. The Summer Slam Festival will feature presentations of various business ideas from all regions of the country in one day.
Among the guests expected will be NRW (state) Economics Minister Andreas Pinkwart and FDP politician Thomas Sattelberger. The event on the banks of the Rhine in Oberkassel is deliberately aimed not only at people from the digital sector but also at every interested citizen. More than 75 exhibitors will present their business models and technologies in the so-called Start-up Village from 2 p.m. onwards. The official welcome will be given by board members Markus Zink, Ivan Ryzkov and Lord Mayor Ashok Shridaran at 3 pm.
In various lectures and discussion rounds, everything will revolve around innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. In so-called pitches - short presentations - eight young companies compete against each other and can win prize money worth up to 5,000 euros. "Culinary networking" is available for all those present with numerous food trucks on the scene.
In keynote speeches, Reza Moussavian from Telekom, for example, talks about start-ups for adults. Nico Rose from the International School of Managament, lectures on "Better Work", revealing how to give a start-up a sense of purpose.
Further information and tickets are available online at www.digitalhub.de/summerslam/. Drinks are included in the price of EUR 13.61 (school and university students pay EUR 7.40). Orig. text: Elena Sebening Translation: Carol Kloeppel