Second Pune International Business Summit

Partners from Karlsruhe will participate again

The city of Karlsruhe in southwest Germany has maintained close partnership relations with the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) in Pune through its “India Board Karlsruhe” for over seven years. In March 2020, the first Pune International Business Summit was launched as a new event format and a flagship event – and of course Karlsruhe was represented with its office in Pune with a stand – and is presenting the city in an international context.

In 2020, the meeting was in Pune Photo:
In early 2020, the meeting was in Pune  Photo:

“An event that was a great success,” highlight the responsible from the Karlsruhe Business Development Department. “In times of a global pandemic that has changed our lives and our cooperations, we place special emphasis on supporting our Indian partners, seizing new opportunities and now being a partner of the hybrid second MCCIA International Business Summit,” says Karlsruhe Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup. Karlsruhe is a real pioneer in building Indo-German partnerships. Back in 2014 the city opened an own representative office in Pune, managed by Ms. Becker and her team from Let‘s bridge IT.

Later in 2020, the meeting was online Photo: Stadt KA
Later in 2020, the meeting was online  Photo: Stadt KA

In view of the current situation, the format for the second Pune International Business Summit has been adapted to the circumstances, organised as a virtual format – and of course the City of Karlsruhe and the network around the “India Boad” are involved again, actively contributing to the Summit. The goals are to offer a platform for international exchange to the profound changes in the economy, culture and environment, as well as to derive new, creative and comprehensive business opportunities that will further strengthen Indo-German cooperation. “We can look back in our partnership to many successful events together, leading to investment, projects and many ways of collaboration,” so the Business Development Department Karlsruhe.

MoU Ineratec Indian Partners 2020  Source Wifoe KA
MoU Ineratec Indian Partners 2020  Source Wifoe KA

Whether government representatives from Maharashtra, representatives of the Indian central government, international diplomats, company owners or CEOs of renowned companies worldwide or experts: all topics of international cooperation will be addressed in an international environment – whether sustainable future technologies, mobility, climate, waste water technologies, the interaction of research and industry or innovative technologies.

Autonomous driving in front of the castle in Karlsruhe  Source FZI
Autonomous driving in front of the castle in Karlsruhe  Source FZI

Karlsruhe is currently on its way to becoming a hub for artificial intelligence (AI). However, this does not stand alone. In Karlsruhe, a competence network in particular is working on linking AI with future topics in the field of mobility or energy. “The promotion of the internationalisation of start-ups, the strong incubators and ecosystems are also open to partners from India and worldwide,” says Dr Mentrup.

Meeting in Pune – 2020, Ajay Mehta, „Mahratta Chamber Of Commerce Industries & Agriculture“, and Michael Kaiser, Director of Business Development Department Karlsruhe - 2020_02_04 Pune – Source jowapress
Meeting in Pune – 2020, Ajay Mehta, „Mahratta Chamber Of Commerce Industries
& Agriculture“, and Michael Kaiser, Director of Business Development Department
Karlsruhe  Source

For further contact and initial points of contact, Karlsruhe has structures and services directly in Pune – via Economic Development Agency and Innovation Office in Pune, headed by Ms Iris Becker. “The new match-making platform of our partner Baden-Württemberg International, which is being presented today, can also help,” says Dr. Mentrup. This offers a cost- and time-saving opportunity to expand foreign business – and in times of Covid-19, to find potential business partners in India without having to get on a plane. Here, experts are networked with qualified companies from many sectors – between Baden-Württemberg and India: A unique opportunity to generate new business.


Creative Park Karlsruhe  Source City of KA/Roland Fränkle
Creative Park Karlsruhe  Source City of KA/Roland Fränkle
Karlsruhe Innovation Office Pune  Source Wifoe KA
Karlsruhe Innovation Office Pune  Source Wifoe KA





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Anlaufstelle in Pune


Die Kooperation zwischen Karlsruhe und dem indischen Pune ist einen Schritt weiter: Im Januar 2014 wurde im "MCCIA Trade Tower", 403, Senapati Bapat Road, eine direkte Karlsruher Anlaufstelle mit den Repräsentantinnen Iris Becker und Winnie Kulkarni von "Let's Bridge IT" in Pune eröffnet.

Durch Erfolg und Ausbau der vielfältigen Aktivitäten - ob Infos rund um den Standort Karlsruhe, aktiv Kontakte zu indischen Firmen halten oder deutsche Firmen aus der TRK in und um Pune bekannter machen - erfolgte im März 2018 ein Umzug in neue Räumlichkeiten, auch durch die Erweiterung um die Repräsentanz des Landes Baden-Württembergs in Maharashtra sowie das Marketingbüro der „Hochschul Föderation Südwest“. 


Karlsruhe Cooperation & Marketing Office
Let's bridge IT, Ms. Iris Becker
9th Floor, Sunit Capital, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411016
Tel: +91 75 0782 7033