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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.