Berlin is the capital of Germany, a city of modern technology, history and culture, and the hometown of Siemens. It is world class in culture, politics, media, and science, and its major industries include information technology, pharmaceuticals, bioengineering, biotechnology, optics and electronics, transportation engineering and renewable energy.
Shenzhen, China's youngest first-tier city, boasts a complete manufacturing supply chain and distribution network, home to Tencent, one of the world's largest Internet companies, and numerous technology companies, known as China's "silicon valley".
Both Berlin and Shenzhen have been dubbed the Silicon Valley of their continents. But how do these cities compare? What are the main differences in how the two startup ecosystems function, and how can the cities fill each other’s gaps by cooperating?
Come to this event to meet the delegates of StartUp AsiaBerlin – a multilateral entrepreneurship platform that aims to connect the startup hubs in Asia with Berlin and each other. Join us for a panel discussion and an international networking session!
Startups and Innovation
Director of Asia
As head of Startuips and innovation, I am responsible for the acquisition and management of international partnerships and the start-up competition, including the management of high-level jury members. This has included planning the award launch event at the COP23 in Bonn, Germany. In addition, I work closely together with the partners like theWorld Energy Council, the Asian Development Bank and national start-up associations on the Start UpEnergy Transition.
As Director Asia at enpact, Alex Kovbasko oversees the operations and forges strategic relationships with governments, industry, corporates, educational institutions and various community partners to support the expansion of startups into India, Southeast Asia and Germany. She is an expert on Startup ecosystems, and has extensive knowledge on Belrlin as a Startup hub. Alex is passionate about emerging technologies and connecting founders with the opportunities.
Brian Hirsh is an American entrepreneur who is focused on using technology to improve the way that we live our lives. As CEO of Brightwood, he is leading the development of a machine learning IoT platform. He has been working in IoT for over 5 years. He started his career at Revolv before it was acquired by Google. While at Fantem Inc. he helped create the most successful smart home crowdfunding campaign which raised $1.8 million in 2015.
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