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Webinar for prospective Bachelor of Engineering students

On April 28th, the Goethe-Institut / Max Müller Bhavan Chennai and our colleague Betty Huber organized a webinar for students interested in a Bachelor of Engineering in Germany. Initially, 250 students registered, 120 of whom attended the webinar. Since most of the students attend the Goethe-Institut, many already have some knowledge of German, which is an advantage for the bilingual courses.

German universities remain optimistic that many Indian students will be accepted after the borders are opened.

Updates from Solapur

It all started with a delegation in 2019 and now we are here: The project for intelligent water monitoring in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IGB Stuttgart is currently in the implementation phase. The German equipment from Nivus and Jumo is currently being delivered to India. The equipment will be installed towards the end of May. After completion of the installation, the water data measurements for intelligent quality monitoring are initiated.

Specialists initiative Let's bridge IT and TalentXpert

Let’s bridge IT and TalentXpert have started a specialist initiative aimed at counteracting the shortage of IT specialists in Germany.

We can bring qualified IT experts to Germany for you.

You can find more information here: https://talentxpert.com/partners.html

 

Webinar Bachelor of Engineering in Germany

An information event on the Bachelor of Engineering course in Germany will take place on April 28th. The Goethe Institute Chennai works with our colleague Betty Huber to give the students an informative overview.

Our colleague Jyotsna is retiring

On Tuesday, March 16, one of our office days, we had a small farewell dinner for our colleague Jyotsna. She has officially retired. We hope that we will continue to have a lively exchange with her.
All the best, Jyotsna!

2nd MCCIA International Business Summit

On March 1st and 2nd, MCCIA hosted its flagship event, the 2nd Pune International Business Summit in a hybrid format, in which around 70 people physically took part.

More than 10 different nations presented themselves on the international platform.
Karlsruhe also took part and showed its ecosystems and strengths in the field of start-ups and artificial intelligence.
As a gold sponsor for the MCCIA event, Karlsruhe and the India Board used their pool position and the Pune team was able to make many new contacts.

The meeting of the city of Karlsruhe was chaired by Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup, who highlighted the importance of our close relationships with Pune and the close relationships that lead to more and more joint projects in Smart City and AI. The Lord Mayor of Baden-Baden sent her invitation to Baden-Baden and offered her support to facilitate contacts with the business scene in and around Baden-Baden.

29th Entrepreneur Meeting IT, Media & Communication

Increased by the COVID19 pandemic, digitization has rapidly gained in importance in all areas of business and life. In the future, digital fitness will be both an opportunity and a challenge for companies, administrations and universities. As a result, the need for IT specialists is growing just as rapidly. These are often not sufficiently available on the labor market.

Iris Becker, representative of the state of Baden-Württemberg in Maharashtra / India and the city of Karlsruhe in Pune, will present various models for cooperation with Indian IT specialists in her lecture on February 4th (4:00 pm-5:30pm CET).

The target group of this event are managing directors: inside, employees: inside, startups, IT managers: inside of companies, municipalities, authorities, institutes and universities.

The online event will be held via GoToWebinar.

Participation is of course free of charge!

Webinar with HDFC Credilla!

Ms. Betty Huber (Hfsw) organized another webinar for students.

You can register using the link in the banner!

Happy Diwali!

In India we celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights and one of the most important festivals here in India.
We wish everyone luck, health and prosperity for this Diwali!

The video message from Dr. Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, who sends his Diwali greetings to send out a light message in these bleak times, can be found here:

currently only German)

Warm wishes to you and your loved ones!

Virtual GINSEP start-up delegation stops in Karlsruhe

The German Indian Start-up Exchange Program (GINSEP) organized a 5-day virtual delegation trip during which 4 start-up hubs across Germany were visited. On October 28th, Karlsruhe presented its impressive start-up ecosystem.

70 start-ups from the field of digital healthcare and industrial digitalization applied for the tour.

The tour was enriched by various webinars and breakout sessions, networking opportunities with mentors and investors, including digital meet-ups, digital city tours and an exhibition to showcase various start-ups and their products / services.

This offered Indian investors the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the Indo-German start-up scene from the comfort of their own home.

Indian consul general from Munich visits Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe

On October 19-20 We were able to welcome His Excellency Mohit Yadav and his colleagues in Baden-Baden. The business development not only organized a visit to the ELAN start-up center, the companies TVS Autoserv and Mold-Masters Europa GmbH.

Lord Mayor Ms. M. Mergen welcomed the delegation to the town hall for an intensive exchange about cooperation possibilities. Mr. Yadav expressed his wish to deepen the close cooperation with Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe and to actively support it on his part.

In the evening, Mayor Dr. F. Mentrup for a dinner in Karlsruhe, which was attended by other participants from the India Board, the city as well as KME and KTG.

Bachelor in Germany - Webinar Hfsw and Let's bridge IT

Another webinar from our university series informs Indian students about Bachelor courses in Baden-Württemberg.
Register here:
https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSd0pMcbTs03Ls…/viewform

Webinar HfsW and Goethe Chennai 2.0

Another webinar aimed at introducing Indian students to various Masters programs in Germany.
Link in the picture

HFSW AND GOETHE (CHENNAI) ORGANIZE A WEBINAR FOR INDIAN STUDENTS

Visit our webinar!
On July 28th, Ms. Betty Huber (HfSw) and the Goethe Institute in Chennai will hold a webinar for students interested in studying for a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Germany.
Three German professors and one professor from the Goethe Institute are available to answer questions.
If you have any further questions, please contact Ms. Betty Huber: [email protected]

MOHIT YADAV THE INDIAN CONSUL GENERAL IN MUNICH VISITING KARLSRUHE

CG Mohit Yadav and Consul N. Ramakrishnan were born on 11/12. August 2020 for a two-day tour in Karlsruhe. Since Karlsruhe is the pioneer and the only city in Baden-Württemberg with its own office in Pune, CG was interested in getting to know the active partners there. He offered his support in all aspects of our German-Indian cooperation.

We met the colleagues from KA's economic development department, Ralf Eichhorn, and the director of KA Marketing & Event, Martin Wacker and Svenja Paucovic, in the "Alter Schlachthof", had a short tour in Perfekt Futur, the startup center for creative young companies .

A company visit took place at the PTV Group, a specialist in mobility and traffic, during which first-class software, data and scientific know-how from four decades of experience in planning and optimizing the movement of people and goods were used.

We were welcomed by Ms. Stifter, Head of Global Communications, the CEO, Mr. Haas, and Mr. Möhl, Director Sales.

The KIT has an extensive program with visits to the Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis, the Institute for Nanotechnology, the Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research and a meeting with the Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, Prof. Dr. Hirth, organized.

MIRIAM BRUNS, THE NEW DIRECTOR OF THE GOETHE INSTITUT PUNE, VISITS KARLSRUHE

During a three-day visit to Freiburg, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, our Pune office organized an extensive program for Ms. Bruns, the new director of the Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan Pune. In Freiburg they met with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Ulrich v. Kirchbach, Mayor for Culture, Youth, Social Affairs and Integration, and Thorsten Schütte, representative of the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. In Karlsruhe we were warmly welcomed by Mr. Kaiser, Mr. Eichhorn, Ms. Pflieger (Economic Development Department) at the "Alter Schlachthof". We had a tour of the “Perfect Future” startup center and KA's Creative Hub. Mr. Wacker and Ms. Paukovic, KME (KA Marketing & Event), presented the India Summer Days, a unique outdoor Indian summer festival that gives KA an authentic touch of India. Prof. Weibel and Christiane Riedel, ZKM (Center for Art and Media), invited us to an exchange, a presentation and a tour of the latest exhibitions at the ZKM. Lord Mayor Dr. F. Mentrup greeted Mrs. Bruns during lunch. Prof. Dr. P. Müller-Tamm, Staatliche Kunsthalle showed us around and gave us a nice tour. Dr. Eberhard Fischer gave us a very lively impression of KA during a bike tour, followed by a dinner with some other Indian players. In Stuttgart we met Ms. Petra Olschowski, Ministry of Science, Research and Art as well as the colleagues from the State Ministry, Ms. Scheiffele and Dr. Eberle. A visit to the Lindenmuseum rounded off the tour in Stuttgart. Inspired and with lots of ideas for further cooperation and mutual expressions of interest, we will take advantage of opportunities.

INDIA SUMMER DAYS 2020

India in all its splendor: This is how the India Summer Days in Karlsruhe will be presented in digital form next weekend (July 17th to 19th).
Numerous project partners are relocating their offerings as a digital event into the virtual space. Be there, whether to watch and actively participate.

GINSEP START-UP PITCH

As a partner from the very beginning, the India Board Karlsruhe has linked business and network-related events around the India Summer Days Karlsruhe every year. From a long-term cooperation with "GINSEP" ("German Indian Startup Exchange Program"), a non-profit initiative of the "Federal Association of German Entrepreneurs", the India Board Karlsruhe's participation in the German-Indian online live pitch with "GINSEP" results this year Support for start-ups and to strengthen international activities.

Selected Indian and German startups from the areas of digital health, mobility and industrial digitalization (IoT) used the unique opportunity at yesterday's online live pitch to convince a jury of experts and to secure exclusive benefits!
In the area of ​​industrial digitization, the start-up FW Cloud Technologies (Airprobe) achieved first place. Dr. Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe and Chairman of the India Board Karlsruhe as well as Marc Sesemann (Sparkasse Karlsruhe) and Professor Fritz Neff (AEN Automotiv Engineering Network) rewarded the winning startup with prize money, a free stay in the FUX start-up center and a qualified startup Consultation.

PODCAST - BADEN- WÜRTTEMBERG INTERNATIONAL

Listen!

In the new "Baden-Württemberg international:" podcast, experts from business and science are interviewed on current trends in the field of internationalization.

These provide you with knowledge about foreign trade, markets and countries - very easy to listen to.

At the start in April 2020, the main focus was on the future of globalization and how companies can continue their international business even in times of Corona.

Iris Becker was also interviewed on the subject of “Can India benefit from the reorganization of supply chains?”.

Click here for the podcast: >>> I changed the link. So it goes straight to the podcast
https://podcasta3dc0c.podigee.io/3-neue-episode

PODCAST CORONA - CANAL

Another Covid 19 initiative from Karlsruhe is the Corona channel. Various companies and industries are talking about the challenges and opportunities they have faced while fighting the virus in a business context.

https://youtu.be/1AwFP34YPWI - Deutsche / German Version

SOLUTIONS FOR A "NEW HUMANITY"

At the present time, we sometimes lose sight of the positive developments that are happening around the globe that are worth sharing. Here is an example from Pune.

A group of international entrepreneurs came together to develop “solutions for a new humanity”.

What does that mean? In this case it is the realization that WE can only overcome the crisis as WE and not as ME.
The basic concept of this initiative is as simple as it is clear: Plans and drawings of products that protect against Covid are made publicly available. So everyone can access them and produce the products that help society. In the sense of the well-known "Open Source" concepts.

We are happy to announce that Schmalz India Pvt. Ltd. Distributed 90 face shields to police officers on duty in Pune.

We at LBIT are building a network that offers those interested a platform to join this movement “Solutions for a New Humanity”. Ideas, designs and the production of exciting solutions are only possible when bright minds, interdisciplinary teams and companies work together.
If you would like to participate or would like more information, please contact us: [email protected]

CYCLOTHON WITH RATNA NIDHI TRUST / CHARITY FOUNDATION

The Cyclothon 2020 is an initiative of the Ratna Nidhi Trust to create awareness and inclusion through cycling. Stefan Voormans, an award-winning handbiker with paraplegia from Germany, ran the Cyclothon, which led through Maharashtra for eight days. The cyclists started in Kolhapur and ended their tour in Mumbai, where they were warmly welcomed by members of the Indian Chamber of Commerce committee. They had covered about 650 km in a week. During the entire journey, the cyclists were accompanied by ambulances, security vehicles and a service vehicle.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE OF THE MCCIA

On March 2nd and 3rd, the Maharashtras Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MCCIA) organized an international economic summit. In addition to the German and Swiss consul general, the Italian general secretary was also present. LBIT also had a booth where we presented the city of Karlsruhe and its innovation and start-up landscape. During the entire conference, around 25 exhibitors presented their services and introduced their companies to visitors.

5. CEO ROUNDTABLE AT TESTO INDIA!

On February 5th, Managing Director Kalidas Bhangare invited to the 5th Baden-Württemberg CEO Roundtable at Testo India. In addition to several CEOs, we had the honor of welcoming Ms. Theresa Schopper, State Minister of Baden-Württemberg and other representatives of the State Ministry to our group.

On the occasion of their delegation visit, they used the opportunity to meet the managing directors of BW companies that have subsidiaries in Pune. At the same time, the new BW company brochure was presented, in which branches of Baden-Württemberg companies in Maharashtra are presented.

DELEGATION VISIT TO DELHI'S MINISTRY FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT

As part of her trip to India, Minister of State Theresa Schopper and a delegation visited Delhi on February 2 and 3, 2020. There they met Kunal Kumar, the former Pune Commissioner and now responsible for “Smart City India” in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. This long-term relationship was noticeable when this and Karlsruhe's Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup immediately chatted familiarly with each other. Both signed a MoU between Pune and Karlsruhe in 2018.
One result of this encounter is a new project that aims to promote the exchange between the smart cities “Karlsruhe” and “Delhi”.

In addition, the group met the German ambassador to India, Walter Lindner, who invited the Minister of State to a breakfast briefing and the entire delegation to an evening reception in his residence. The exchange with him and representatives from politics, film, music, art and culture gave the delegation further, unforgettable impressions of Indian culture.

KARLSRUHE DELEGATION IN NAGPUR!

From Pune, the Karlsruhe delegation continued its trip to Nagpur to meet well-known members of the VIA-Vidarbha Industries Association and Smart City Nagpur and to discuss further cooperation in our mobility project.

Another highlight was the presentation of the “Citizen Participation Recognition Awards”. Nagpur citizens were honored for their outstanding contributions to the common good. Lord Mayor Dr. Mentrup, together with Nagpur's mayor, Mr. Joshi, awarded the prizes to the winners.

During the visit to the new metro, the delegates had the opportunity to get to know the city and the functionality of public transport there. Afterwards, the Karlsruhe company dared to take a test drive with the new e-scooters and bicycles, which are available at various underground stations.

MOU BETWEEN NCL, KIT, INERATEC GmbH, AND PRAXYS

 

On February 4th, the Maharashtras Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MCCIA) hosted a conference on the subject of "Industry 4.0".

The Karlsruhe delegates played an important role here: Pickert & Partner GmbH, IRTI Robotics, Schweickert GmbH and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) presented their approach to Industry 4.0. They also reported on the changes and effects that digitization brings with it, as well as the challenges that companies will face.

One of the highlights of the event was the signing of a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the NCL (National Chemical Laboratory) - KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) - INERATEC GmbH and Praxys. The collaboration will work towards joint development of synthetic fuels.

KARLSRUHE AND BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG IN MAHARASHTRA!

 

A top-class delegation with 8 participants traveled from Karlsruhe to India from February 2nd to 9th. The experts from the Karlsruhe City Planning Office and the Economic Development Department under the direction of Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup visited the cities of Pune, Nagpur and Mumbai. Their extensive program in Pune provided an opportunity for discussions with old and new partners. This created exciting and exciting opportunities for cooperation in the areas of start-ups, the settlement of Indian companies in Germany and the creation of a digital hub. The aim was to define points of contact for further cooperation between Karlsruhe and Pune / Nagpur and Mumbai.

During the delegation trip, the City of Karlsruhe, the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg (BW) and the Ministry of Science, Research and Art invited to an evening event in the Poona Club. This offered the opportunity to meet old friends again, to deepen relationships and to make new contacts.
Let's bridge IT made a significant contribution to the organization of the successful event and created a basis for interesting interactions. Dr. Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, State Secretary Petra Olschowski and Prashant Girbane, General Director of the MCCIA, gave speeches to get in the mood for the evening.

Students from the University of Pune performed a traditional Indian dance under the guidance of Prof. Bhole, which framed the evening in an atmospheric way.
The ZKM Karlsruhe (Center for Art and Media) staged an interesting light installation that used lasers to project various graphic patterns onto white acrylic.
The evening made it possible for experts from Pune and Baden-Württemberg to come together for discussions and conversations over good food, drinks and art.

GIZ DELEGATION IN KARLSRUHE!

The GIZ delegation visited Baden-Württemberg from 17 to 21 November.

GIZ works closely with the Ministry for MSMEs to support innovation and incubation initiatives for MSMEs. The GIZ organized the delegation with representatives of the Ministry for MSME, MCCIA, Pune and CMIA, Aurangabad, and we visited Stuttgart and Karlsruhe to meet representatives of the State Ministry, the Ministry of Economy, Labor and Housing, of the various incubators / accelerators in both countries meet cities. The aim of the visit was to find out about good practices in Baden-Württemberg and to get to know the stakeholders of the BW innovation ecosystem.

Another highlight was an organized VIP tour of the Benz Museum. Ms. Iris Becker accompanied the delegation throughout the visit. It was an insightful, great study with extensive and fruitful discussions.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOETHE INSTITUTE IN MUMBAI!

On October 19, Ms. Betty Huber took part in the event for the 50th anniversary of the Goethe Institute in Mumbai. This event was open to the public and over 200 students and their parents attended.
Many educational institutions were invited to briefly present their work. Betty Huber held a very informative session about the Aalen and Heilbronn universities of applied sciences. Around 40 students who want to continue their studies in Germany took part in this meeting.

FIRST INDIA-EU FORUM IN NEW DELHI!

Organized by IUC, the top-class forum took place in Delhi on 17/18 September 2019. The cities of the City2City Pairing project had the opportunity to present their projects.

Dr. Ramnath Sonawane, head of the Nagpur SmartCity Initiative and Iris Becker, representative of Karlsruhe, represented the project manager Prof. Dr. Anke Karmann-Wössner presented the very successful Karlsruhe - Nagpur project for the introduction of a bicycle rental system.

The next meeting of the partners is planned in Nagpur in February 2020. The project should then go into the implementation phase.

EXCHANGE OF EXPERTS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE EU-FUNDED CITY2CITY PROJECT KARLSRUHE-NAGPUR!

As part of the EU project "City2City-Pairing" from Karlsruhe and Nagpur, the third expert exchange between SmartCity representatives took place in Karlsruhe. In a joint workshop by representatives of the economic development department and the city planning office, the project “Establishing a bicycle rental system for Nagpur” was further developed. In the next step, it was agreed to adapt and implement the project for the local situation in Nagpur as a possibility for the so-called “last mile” from the metro station home. In the course of the visit, Nagpur was able to get an overview of Karlsruhe’s activities for the expansion of cycle paths and the introduction of a multimodal transport concept. An intensive conversation with Mayor Dr. F. Mentrup and various company visits, e.g. PTV Group rounded off the visit. The next exchange has been agreed for February 2020.

GIZ DELEGATION FROM AURANGABAD VISITS BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG!

A GIZ delegation from the automotive, manufacturing and science sectors of Aurangabad visited Baden-Württemberg (BW) to find out how BW is realizing innovation and digitization.
The program included on-site visits to Siemens and the Lapp Group as well as to institutions such as e-mobil, Allianz 4.0 and the Fraunhofer Institute, Automotive Engineering Network (AEN), Learning Factory 4.0 and also to the Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences - to name just a few. The aim was to get to know best practices for linking research, science and industry. The delegates are particularly interested in founding a digital hub like the one in Karlsruhe. Fruitful discussions and interactions were concluded at India Summer Days, which the delegation attended in their traditional kurtas.

KARLSRUHE CELEBRATES ‘INDIA SUMMER DAYS’!

The 3rd edition of the colorful open-air festival “India Summer Days” took place from July 12th to 14th in Karlsruhe. and had 14,000 visitors.
The opening took place with the official "Lightning of lamps" ceremony for Mrs. Petra Olschowski (State Secretary, Ministry for Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg), Dr. Frank Mentrup (Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe) and Mr. Andreas Lapp (Honorary Consul of the Republic of India for Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate) took part. The India Summer Days also stand for this: "Alongside science and business, culture is an important part of this partnership". In addition, artists from Maharashtra, West Bengal and Goa came to Karlsruhe to present the beauty of their countries in an authentic and colorful way. 14,000 visitors attended the
Santulan Ayurveda, directed by Shriguru Dr. Balaji Tambe, offered yoga workshops, introductions to Ayurvedic cuisine and Ayurvedic advice from Santulan's medical team. The interest in India's Ayurvedic heritage met with great interest. Bollywood for everyone, a "turban man" from Maharashtra who tied thousands of turbans in a matter of minutes, Indian cuisine and delicacies completed the colorful program. A bazaar with hand-woven fabrics, scarves, jewelry and clothes was booming. 14,000 visitors enjoyed the colorful, authentic impressions from India.

BADEN - WÜRTTEMBERG CEO ROUNDTABLE TAKES PLACE IN PUNE!

The Third Baden-Württemberg CEO / MD Roundtable from LBIT took place on July 24th. The host was Mr. Sanjay Kulkarni, MD Pilz India Pvt.Ltd, who gave us the opportunity to get to know the facilities of the Pilz India company.
15 managing directors of the CEO BW Firmen - Network came together and discussed various aspects of the "internationalization of a global workforce" during a factory tour and a networking dinner. The evening's guest speaker was Ms. Vaishali Karmankar, Goethe-Institut Mumbai. She gave an exciting lecture on “cultural misunderstandings in an international working environment”.
The goal of the CEO BW Roundtable is to network our BW companies, to create more awareness and to increase visibility in both Pune and BW.

IMC AND LET'S BRIDGE IT HOST A CONFERENCE FOR MSMEs!

The IMC Chambers of Commerce and Industry have teamed up with Let's bridge IT to hold an interactive meeting where MSMEs are supported in sourcing technology and product markets from Germany. The meeting took place on June 3rd in Mumbai and was attended by 75 members of the IMC.

GERMAN INDIA ROUNDTABLE (GIRT) IN FREIBURG!

On June 6, 2019, Ms. Iris Becker hosted the GIRT chapter in Freiburg. The evening's guest of honor was Dr. Sugandha Rajaram, Consul General of India from Munich. The main topic of the discussion revolved around the current Work Visa scenario and the challenges it posed. Dr. Rajaram moderated a lecture on "India means Business" and covered important points around the topic, especially in the light of the recent elections.

FRAUNHOFER INSTITUTE AND UMWELTTECHNIK BW VISIT SOLAPUR IN MAY 2019!

Accompanied by Mr. Ashish Pandit (Let's bridge IT), Mr. Marius Mohr, Mr. Marc Beckett (Fraunhofer) and Mr. Jürgen Schmidt (UTBW) visited the city of Solapur in May 2019. Thorough discussions were held during the 5-day visit to understand how the Solapur works, what challenges it has, especially in the water sector. In addition to a joint workshop, several industrial and factory tours were carried out. The next exchange is planned for October 2019.

BADEN- BADEN INVITES YOU TO AN INDIA INFO SEMINAR!

A unique seminar was organized jointly by the IHK Karlsruhe, the Baden-Baden Economic Development Agency and the India Board Karlsruhe in Baden-Baden.
The guest speakers for the evening were:
Ms. Margret Mergen, Lord Mayor of Baden-Baden, Mr. Robert Huber, IHK Karslruhe, Ms. Iris Becker, representative of Baden-Württemberg in Maharashtra, Mr. Avinash Sondhi, Managing Director, S & A and, Ms. Simone Pflieger and Dr. Ralf Eichhron from India Board Karlsruhe.
The evening also offered a platform for 3 German companies that are successfully active in India.
These case studies were presented by Mr. Peter Eiswein, ARKU, Mr. Sebastian Schleusch, Nextbike and Mr. Hans Hagelstein, Milacron MoldMasters Europa GmbH. Mr. Martin Lautenschlager from the Baden-Baden Economic Development Agency coordinated the event.

BADEN WÜRTTEMBERG REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD COME TOGETHER!

On April 11th and 12th the annual meeting of BW representatives from India, China, Vietnam, Silicon Valley, Brazil and Japan took place in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. The meeting was organized by the BW Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing. A two-day program started with participation in the “Digital Summit” in the Carl Benz Arena, Stuttgart. All representatives had the opportunity to exchange their experiences in different countries and to talk about their future trends, development and growth plans.

THE INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (IMC MUMBAI) ORGANIZES A LECTURE FOR SME'S ON THE SUBJECT OF INDUSTRY 4.0

Ms. Iris Becker was an active member of the "IMC SME CONCLAVE: INDUSTRIE 4.0 Make Mittelstand in India", which took place on March 13, 2019 in the Bandra (West) Mumbai of the Hotel Taj Lands End. The topic of attention and interest among the participants was the cooperation between IMC and the city of Karlsruhe and how this will help the SME members of IMC.

KARLSRUHE IS HOST OF THE INDO-GERMAN STARTUP ROUNDTABLES!

On February 5th, the second edition of the Indo-German Startup Roundtable took place in Karlsruhe's Culture and Creativity Center (K3). One day before the round table, Karlsruhe also organized a tour to the sights of Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden.

BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG STARTUP SUMMIT HOSTED IN STUTTGART!

The first Start Up BW Summit took place in Stuttgart on February 1, 2019. With over 400 participants from more than 300 startups, the summit was filled with inspiring topics on various industry topics. The summit was hosted by Mr. Winfried Kretschmann, (Prime Minister BW) and Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut (Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Housing) inaugurated. The start-up party in the evening was organized by L-Bank to celebrate the summit. The visitors and start-ups from Pune and Nagpur took part in the tour through the start-up scene in Baden-Württemberg, which also included Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. This summit was a valuable platform for these cities to showcase their thriving start-up culture.

WINE FESTIVAL 'STUTTGART MEETS MUMBAI' CELEBRATES 15TH ANNIVERSARY!

A big event took place in Mumbai in the last week of January: It was the 15th year of cooperation with the city of Stuttgart. Mr. Ashish Pandit and Mrs. Jana Simon presented Let's bridge IT and attended workshops and events during the festival. These workshops offered a range of topics related to Stuttgart and its economy. A delegation from Karlsruhe Marketing and Event GmbH with representatives, including Mr. Martin Wacker, managing director and Ms. Svenja Paukovic, project consultant, together with Mr. Jo Wagner, journalist from the city of Karlsruhe, was present at the event. The delegation also visited Pune and was in a meeting with the former Secretary General, Mr. Sumit Mullick and Mr. Jaykumar Rawal, Tourism Director of Maharashtra and had appointments with Karla Santulan Village, and the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MCCIA).

SECOND BW CEO ROUNDTABLE TAKEN PLACE IN PUNE!

As part of the scouting delegation program, Let’s bridge IT initiated the 2nd Baden-Württemberg CEO Roundtable, which was hosted and welcomed by Mr. Philip Mani, CEO Schmalz India Pvt Ltd. The effects on India and its cooperation with Germany as well as the needs and expectations of German companies from the BW state government were discussed.

Participants were:

  • Mr. Arun Shroff - Geissel India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Anshuman Tambe - Heimatec India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Steffen Sander - MPS Tech Engineering & Consultancy (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Peter Bergmann - MPS Tech Engineering & Consultancy (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Dheeraj More - Bokela India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Kalidas Bhangare - Testo India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Sourav Sen - Eirich India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Philip J Mani - Schmalz India Pvt. Ltd.

VISIT OF A DELEGATION TO EXCHANGE ON THE FOOD INDUSTRY IN INDIA AND GERMANY!

For the first time, the scouting delegation from the partner country Baden-Württemberg visited Pune and Nagpur for a whole week in January to explore their food industry. The visits were specially tailored to the interests and characteristics of the visiting delegates, namely Dr. Monika Erath, managing director of the food processing cluster BW Agrarkontakte International (AKI), Ms. Domenica Deffner (AKI) and Anna Krywalski - Baden-Württemberg International. Your program in Pune included visits to the Sujata Mastani Manufacturing Unit with Katraj Dairy Plant and the Gultekdi Market while exploring the cultural sights in Pune.

In Nagpur, the delegation was welcomed by the Food Processing Forum of the Vidarbha Industry Association (VIA) and visited several factories such as the Haldirams, Nagpur Dal Millers Cluster Pvt Ltd and Suruchi Spices, which also visited a farm (approx. 30 acres) Real Process, which are used by farmers in the city relate to legumes, fruits and vegetables - cultivation and marketing.

DHBW VISITS LET'S BRIDGE IT OFFICE, PUNE!

On January 16, Mrs. Betty Huber and Mrs. Iris Becker welcomed the DHBW (Dual University BW, Karlsruhe) in our office. Prof. Volker Ihle, Head of the Industrial Engineering Department, and Prof. Dr.-Ing.Stephan Schenkel, Vice Chancellor of the DHBW, came to discuss some aspects of student recruitment and to gain more insight into the Indian education system. The aim of the meeting was to support more Indian students to study in Karlsruhe. We look forward to a successful cooperation!

LET'S BRIDGE IT VISITS VASANTDADA SUGAR INSTITUTE, PUNE

The Let´s bridge IT team, Ms. Iris Becker, Mr. Ashish Pandit and Ms. Jana Simon, were welcomed by General Manager Mr. Shivaji Deshmukh. The aim of the meeting was to collect ideas for the following delegation visit by the food processing delegation from Karlsruhe.

KARLSRUHE DELEGATES VISIT THE CITY CENTER OF NAGPUR!

The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) organized a three-day workshop for the delegates from Karlsruhe. The main topic was Smart Mobility and Transportation. The delegates were given the opportunity to visit the City Operation Center and were impressed with the traffic monitoring of the city.

Karlsruhe would like to introduce existing business models and technologies such as traffic simulation or telematics, particularly when it comes to sensitizing the citizens of Nagpur to the use of new infrastructure for cycling and the prevention of additional pollution in the city center. In return, Karlsruhe would like to implement the “high-tech” technology for monitoring Nagpur's urban traffic.

Dr. Ramnath Sonwane, CEO of Nagpur Smart City, Prof. Anke Karmann-Wössner and Ralf Eichhorn explained the results of the workshop to Abhijit Bangar, the municipal commissioner of Nagpur and confirmed the experts for the continued cooperation and active support of the city of Nagpur in this city project Framework of the cooperation between the two federal states of Maharashtra and Baden-Württemberg.

CITY PAIRING BETWEEN KARLSRUHE AND NAGPUR!

As part of the initiative for the exchange of experts funded by the European Commission and the Indian government, the Karlsruhe delegation was welcomed by Mayor Nanda Jichka and high-ranking representatives of the city council and the city of Nagpur in Nagpur. This delegation was supported and accompanied by Dr. Panagiotis Karamanos from the EU Commission “IUC International Urban Cooperation India” and Ms. Iris Becker, head of the Karlsruhe Innovation Office in Pune.

In Nagpur it was particularly well received that the Karlsruhe delegation had consulted experts in relevant areas that had been identified before their visit, so that a very detailed approach could be taken. The representatives of the city of Karlsruhe were warmly welcomed during their entire stay in Nagpur and were able to contribute their experience in urban planning, economic development and the expansion of public services.

Nagpur intends to position itself strategically and closely with its international partners, including Germany, and to implement its ambitious goals in the Indian development program of the national government “100 Smart Cities” with the exchange of know-how.

KARLSRUHE DELEGATION IN PUNE, NAGPUR & MUMBAI

A high-ranking delegation from Karlsruhe will visit Pune, Nagpur & Mumbai from Nov 26th to Dec 2nd 2018.

Attendees:

  • Ms. Prof. Dr. Anke Helene Marie-Luise Karmann-Woessner, Head of Urban Planning Office (City of Karlsruhe)
  • Jan Balthasar Riel, Head of the Institute for Transport and Infrastructure at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences for Technology and Economics | University of Applied Sciences - Head of the Transport Planning Department
  • Mr. Oliver Christopher Will, Strategy, Smart Cities and Regions, Cross-departmental Collaboration, Digital and Public Diplomacy / Soft Power. Founder of the "Strategiemanufaktur"
  • Mr. Ralf Eichhorn, Head of the Department for Innovation, Networks, International Relations and SmarterCity within the Department for Economic Development of the City of Karlsruhe
  • Mr. Steffen Alexander Buhl, project manager SmarterCity / Karlsruhe.digital and head of the City2City project ⁄ International Networks & Clusters

The focus was on the topic of "Smart Partnerships - Shaping the Future Together", which is more relevant today than ever before. In Pune the delegates met with their partner Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA). This was followed by a meeting with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to exchange smart city cooperation with a focus on digitization and mobility.

GERMAN CONSUL GENERAL VISITS LET'S BRIDGE IT!

On Friday, November 23rd, the German Consul General Dr. Jürgen Morhard in the new Let’s bridge IT office in Pune. After a brief tour of the office, we had productive discussions on various topics that Germany is currently facing. Everyone shared insights and opinions so that we could get an overview of upcoming projects. One thing to mention is that as the number of Indian students looking to study in Germany continues to grow, the consulate may need to add visa processing centers to handle the volume of incoming requests. This is a good thing for Baden-Württemberg because it is actively looking for students from abroad.

LET'S BRIDGE IT RECOMMENDS BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG COMPANIES IN PUNE!

In the last week of August, Let's bridge IT organized an intimate but exclusive kick-off event for the CEOs of several Baden-Württemberg companies in Pune. The aim of the evening was to unite long-term contacts under one roof and to introduce the official partnership between the states of Maharashtra and Baden-Württemberg. At the same time, it was important to know how Ms. Iris Becker (state representative for the state of Baden-Württemberg in Maharashtra) together with Mr. Ashish Pandit (partner, state representative for Baden-Württemberg in Maharashtra) supports these companies better with their needs, with strong support from Ministry of Baden-Württemberg.

The participants for the evening:

Philip Mani, Schmalz India Pvt Ltd., Tushar Kadam, ABAS ERP India, Dhiraj More, Bokela Pune, Kiran Kadam, Flux Pumps India Pvt Ltd, Kalidas Bhangare, Testo India, Peter Bergmann, MPS Tech Engineering & Consultancy (India) Pvt. Ltd., Anand Datey, MESTECH Services Pvt Ltd.

It was found that these roundtables take place quarterly and are alternately attended by the participating companies as hosts, which would be a great way for them to showcase their product or service.

"GLOBAL CONNECT" BRINGS BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG'S WORLDWIDE REPRESENTATIVES TOGETHER!

In June, the Global Connect trade fair brought together representatives from the state of Baden-Württemberg with an invitation from the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing around the world. Representatives from India (Maharashtra), China, Brazil, Ethiopia and Vietnam were present. The delegation was chaired by Dr. Stefanie Hinz, Ministry of Economy, Labor and Housing.

UNIVERSITY OF PFORZHEIM VISITS LET'S BRIDGE IT PUNE OFFICE!

Prof. Mario Schmidt from the University of Pforzheim, Germany visited Let’s Bridge IT office in Pune, together with Mr. Prashant from EnPro Consultants. The aim of the visit was to discuss various models with which a pilot project of the Materials Handling Process developed in Germany with companies can be started in the Pune region. The result is that the pilot should start in 3 companies in the Pune region from September.

HFSW STARTS COOPERATION WITH LET'S BRIDGE IT!

The South West University Federation (HfSW) has opened a contact office in Pune, India, and is represented by Ms. Betty Huber, Let's bridge IT. This office will be the first point of contact for Indian applicants and strengthen the networking of the federal technical schools with the local universities and companies. The HfSW contact office was opened especially in Pune due to the strong presence of the Baden-Württemberg companies represented here in cooperation with Let’s bridge IT, also because Pune is one of the three most important centers of the automotive industry in India. The office will be located next to the new representative office for Baden-Württemberg and the cooperation and marketing office in Karlsruhe.

Office address: 9th Floor, Sunit Capital Senapati Bapat Road Pune - 411016, Maharashtra - India

Contact: [email protected]

 

NAGPUR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION (NMC) SIGNS A MOU WITH KARLSRUHE!

The city of Karlsruhe and NMC have signed a MoU for cooperation in the “Smart City Projects”. The NMC delegation was led by Mr. Deepraj Pardikar, the deputy mayor of Nagpur, and consisted of Mohd Jamal, group leader of the Bahujan Samaj party and member of the board of directors of Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Ltd. (NSSCCL), Mr. Naresh Barkar, Executive Engineer and Mr. Rajesh Dufare, General Manager. The agreement is expected to pave the way for technology sharing between the two cities under the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) program.

INDIA SUMMER DAYS 2018 DARE THE KARLSRUHE CITY!

Over two days with over 14,000 visitors in the Günther-Klotz facility in Karlsruhe, it was again transformed into a mini-India - with tourism information, catering areas, a bazaar and a varied and authentic cultural show from India. "We were able to significantly expand our festival compared to the previous year," said Martin Wacker, Managing Director of Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH. With performances by "Patachira & Baul from Bengal", Chau Dance ", Bhangra Performance", concerts with sitar and tabla, Bollywood time travel, Bharatanatyam and Kathakali dances to exclusive yoga and meditation workshops by Dr. Balaji també.

STRATEGIC GERMAN-INDIAN STARTUP - ROUNDTABLE DEBUT IN KARLSRUHE!

The Strategic Indo-German Startup Roundtable was attended by over 60 international participants from the India Board Karlsruhe and the Baden Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, supported by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the German Indian Startup Exchange Program (GINSEP), the KMK and the University of Applied Sciences. It was an interactive knowledge exchange with a strong focus on startups and looking for markets for the new entrepreneurs. The Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, Dr. Frank Mentrup, was the perfect host and the round table was honored by Mr. Gurjit Singh, the former Indian Ambassador in Berlin and Mr. Sugandh Rajaram, the Indian Consul General from Munich. Whether "Map of Ideas", expertise, sustainability, accelerator or the use and implementation of existing structures: Feasible, concrete projects and implementable approaches were filtered out: both from an Indian and a German perspective. "It was a great success that we were able to bring these top-class experts together in Karlsruhe," said Ralf Eichhorn, Karlsruhe Economic Development Agency. He added, "With all of these tangible solutions, together we can go one step further".

LET'S BRIDGE IT HAS MOVED!

We are pleased to announce that we have moved to our new office. Not far from our previous address, we are now on the 9th Floor, Sunit Capital, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411016.

On our exciting journey, supporting German-Indian cooperation, we are expanding and are now accommodating under one roof, as before, the Karlsruhe Marketing & Cooperation Office (for 4 years), the Baden-Württemberg representative office in Maharashtra (for 1 year) and the Contact office of the University Federation Southwest (HfSW). With this amalgamation of partners active in India, we are multiplying the synergies with our valued partners in Pune and Maharashtra.

KARLSRUHE & PUNE SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MoU)

OB Dr. Frank Mentrup, Karlsruhe and Mr. Kunal Kumar, Municipal Commissioner, Pune have sealed their close cooperation over the past few years in a thematic partnership that focuses in particular on the areas of smart city development, support and establishment of a startup ecosystem, and digitization.

LAUNCH OF THE GERMAN-INDO ​​STARTUP EXCHANGE PROGRAM (GINSEP)

A delegation, led by Mr Dirk Wiese, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and accompanied by startups and company representatives, visited Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. The aim was to get to know the startup scene in the various cities and to make contacts. GINSEP is an initiative of the Federal Association of German Startups e.V., which was set up with the aim of strengthening German-Indian relations in the field of startups. On Friday, March 23, 2018, the official launch of GINSEP was celebrated in Delhi under the patronage of Liz Mohn, Vice-Chairwoman of the Berteilsmann Foundation. Let's bridge IT will cooperate closely with GINSEP in the future in order to strengthen the cooperation between Baden-Württemberg and Karlsruhe in the field of start-up exchange.

INDO GERMAN STARTUP EXCHANGE

Student Entrepreneurship from PionierGarage | Entrepreneurs. KIT in Karlsruhe meets Indian Founders mentality in Pune:

Lets Bridge It conducted together with BHAU - Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Leadership a Startup Event for exchange, collaboration and cooperation. Besides insights into the Startup Ecosystem of both cities, participants had the opportunity to talk about their Startups, projects and ideas. The event created a platform for founders from both countries, where they could speak about their learnings, challenges, differences and interest for further collaboration.

INDIA SUMMER DAYS

The first India Summer Days took place in Karlsruhe in July 2017. With a full and rounded program over two days.
Of course we were there too - and among other things gave an interview, which you can read about here.