For this series of events, NIT invites entrepreneurs and managers from small and medium-sized enterprises to speak about challenges such as industry 4.0, 3D printing, and IT security. Speakers from science, industry, and politics provide the ideas and discussion. This networking meeting requires companies and their managers to stay focused on the big picture when facing disruptive changes in order to recognize and seize opportunities. The goal is to have an inspiring dialog regarding the keynote presentation on best practices for success between the speaker and participants alike. The Hamburg Economic Dialogue takes place once every quarter.



About you, Heute In Hamburg or Applike - numerous established companies such as Otto, Haspa or Gruner+Jahr rely on in-house start-ups. Why?
This will be the topic at the fourth Hamburg Business Dialog on "The Magic of Start-ups - Why big corporations snatch up Founders" on 29 January 2018 at 7 pm in the Greenhouse Innovation Lab.

The new digital world is becoming increasingly complex and fast moving. In the digital world, it is important for companies to keep up and to remain flexible and agile at all times. Many of them are looking for new ways out of the existing structures and defined processes to have flexible reactions to changes and innovations.

Large companies and the start-up scene meet each other

Many established companies are therefore looking for more agile dinghies - the start-ups. Two poles meet, the conservatives from the big corporations and the digital natives from the start-up scene. And with them supposedly different cultural approaches and leadership styles.

How do these two worlds come together and how can the "newcomers" cooperate with established companies and corporations?

Can a start-up company be integrated into a group of companies?

We would like to discuss this with our guests. Jonas Thiemann, CEO & Co-Founder of the start-up AppLike GmbH (a Gruner + Jahr Company) and Nele Schön, Head of Training & Development at Gruner + Jahr, will give exciting impressions on how the integration of a start-up into a coporate group can be successful. Jens Uehlecke, Managing Director of the Greenhouse Innovation Lab and Prof. Dr. Christian Lüthje, Head of the Institute for Innovation Marketing TUHH, will also be present.

Our guests on the podium:

  • Jens Uehlecke, Managing Director, Greenhouse Innovation Lab, Gruner + Jahr GmbH & Co KG       
  • Jonas Thiemann, CEO & Co-Founder AppLike GmbH - a 100% owned Gruner + Jahr company
  • Nele Schön, Head of Training & Development, Gruner + Jahr GmbH & Co KG
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Lüthje, TUHH Head of the Institute for Innovation Marketing, Academic Director at the StartupDock, Module Manager at NIT for the Track Entrepreneurial Management

Moderation: Verena Fritzsche, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management gGmbH

We cordially invite you to bring your perspectives and questions to the round table. After the discussion you can have a chat with our podium guests over snacks and drinks.

Date: 29 January 2018 at 7 pm
Location: Greenhouse Innovation Lab, Werkhalle, Schulterblatt 58, 20357 Hamburg



Topic: Digital Leadership - Opportunities, Visions and Everyday Life

In cooperation with DIVSI Deutsches Institut für Vertrauen und Sicherheit im Internet. Hosted by Bucerius Law School.

Everything is becoming digital and put into the network. The influence of the digitization increases and affects our everyday life, both professionally and personally. How shall we handle this challenge in our work environment? Do these new processes have an impact on the leading culture of top managers in Germany? What is the right way to get all stakeholder, including the chairmen, on board? And: What are the differences between the leading culture in a traditional company in contrast to a start-up? We will answer these and other questions during the 3rd Hamburg Economic Dialog.


Dr. Markus Klimmer
Speaker beim Hamburger Wirtschaftsdialog des NIT: Dr. Markus Klimmer

Dr. Markus Klimmer is the author of the book "#DigitalLeadership - how top managers in Germany are shaping innovation". Until 2016 he was a Managing Director at Accenture, and he is currently active as an Economic Advisor to the German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier. He also led the Public-Sector Division at McKinsey & Company. Dr. Klimmer studied political and administrative sciences, as well as public law.


Dr. Johann Bizer
Speaker beim Hamburger Wirtschaftsdialog des NIT: Dr. Johann Bizer

Since November 2011, Dr. Johann Bizer has been on the Executive Board for the municipal IT service provider Vitako, as well as Chairman of the Board at Dataport. He began his career at the University of Frankfurt on Main at the Institute for Public Law, where he received his Ph.D. in Law. Afterward, Bizer was the Deputy Regional Commissioner for Data Protection at the Independent Center for Data Protection (ULD) in Schleswig-Holstein.


Doreen Nowotne

Doreen Nowotne is a consultant working in the area of company development, mergers and acquisitions and finance. In addition, she is on supervisory boards for two publicly listed companies, Brenntag AG and Jenoptik AG. Prior to that, she was with BC Partners and UBS Capital in the private equity business for thirteen years, as well as a member of the executive board for the VAT Vakuumventile AG, a technology company from switzerland. After finishing her Degree in Business, she began her career at Arthur Andersen.


Svenja Teichmann

Svenja Teichmann is the founder and CEO of crowdmedia GmbH, a digital consultant agency for content and online marketing. At crowdmedia, they advise companies in the B2C and B2b area, with a focus on digital strategy, online marketing, as well as social media and content marketing. In addition, Svenja Teichmann is a trainer, presenter, and moderator for executives in the field of Digital Transformation and Digital Leadership.

NIT presents this Event in cooperation with DIVSI Deutsches Institut für Vertrauen und Sicherheit im Internet. Hosted by Bucerius Law School.


Topic: Digitization Capital Hamburg – Opportunity or burden?

“Digitization Capital Hamburg – Opportunity or Liability?” was the subject of the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management’s Second Hamburg Economic Dialog. Where do we stand on the climate of innovation? What can be done politically to promote it? How will society develop if work is to be considered differently? SMB entrepreneurs and executives from Hamburg discussed these topics with startups and politicians. Christian Günner, head of the customer service and systems development at Hamburg Wasser, revealed in a keynote speech what potential a big infrastructure company can offer to a digital city. Daniel Rebhorn, a managing partner of e-commerce service provider diconium Group, looked at Hamburg’s potential using various perspectives and case studies. Moderator of the dialog was digital expert Sven Enger.

Graphic Recording of the Second Hamburg Economic Dialog

This graphic recording was made by the graphic recorder Anna Stania during the Second Hamburg Economic Dialog. More infomation about live visualization of events and conferences at


Work 4.0–Human or Machine?

NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management presented the first Hamburg Economic Dialog on January 26, 2017 at 6.00 pm. Entrepreneurs and managers from Hamburg's SME sector came together at NIT to jointly discuss the challenges of digitization. The theme of the first event was: Work 4.0 - Humans or Machines? Two short keynote speeches given by NIT CEO Verena Fritzsche and by Kristina Lohse-Thiele, Head of Customers and Process Development at Hamburg Wasser, were followed by an open panel discussion with representatives of business, science, politics and start-ups. On the panel: Verena Fritzsche (CEO NIT), Kristina Lohse-Thiele, Carmen Möller (Grüne Fraktion Hamburg-Nord), Tobias Hagenau (Startup HQ Labs). The evening was moderated by digital expert Sven Enger.



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