The Economic Summit of Süddeutsche Zeitung 2018, Germany’s major economic congress, is supported by:



“Only real entrepreneurs drive digital change” the digital consultancy and company builder ETVENTURE identifies, develops and tests digital business approaches across industries. Based on its two core business divisions Corporate Innovation and Start-up Hub, etventure supports and covers the digital transformation of businesses both within the existing core organisation and through the development of new digital business models. On top of that, it develops its own start-ups. Its corporate clients include, for instance, Wüstenrot & Württembergische insurances, Deutsche Bahn, Daimler Financial Services, Franz Haniel & Cie., the SMS group, Schwan-STABILO or the steel trader Klöckner. etventure was set up in 2010 by managing directors Philipp Depiereux, Philipp Herrmann and Dr. Christian Lüdtke. The etventure team comprises more than 250 digital experts and entrepreneurs at offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Essen, Stuttgart, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris and Zurich.

Myra Security

“Technology is our element. Innovation is what drives us.”: As an IT security company the Myra Security GmbH is one of the most renowned providers in Europe. Governments, (central) banks, blue chips, and global eCommerce companies trust the digital experts’ know-how and experience.

Myra’s system engineers and network architects operate a self-developed security platform which ensures the holistic protection against cyberattacks for companies, websites, and online shops. Malicious traffic is filtered, sensitive data protected, and data communication globally accelerated. Myra relies on high-quality standards and approved certifications (ISO 27001).

»Made in Germany«: In 2012, IT expert Sascha Schumann founded the company together with the digital entrepreneur Paul Kaffsack.

Aareal Bank

The AAREAL BANK GROUP headquartered in Wiesbaden is a leading supplier of smart financing, software products and digital solutions for the real estate sector and neighbouring industries. We accompany our clients in more than 20 countries on three continents – in Europe, North America and Asia – providing highest quality at that. In the business division of structured real estate finance, we support our clients in financing their international real estate with custom-made, flexible solutions – especially for office buildings, hotels, shopping centres as well as logistics and residential real estate. Our strength is the combination of local market expertise and industry specific know-how. In the area of consulting/services, we offer our clients a unique combination of specialised banking services and innovative digital products and services to optimise and increase the efficiency of their business processes. With our digital platforms, we link the real estate industry with neighbouring industries, as well.

Berlin Partner

First address: BERLIN PARTNER FÜR WIRTSCHAFT UND TECHNOLOGIE Promoting business and technology for companies, investors and academic institutions in Berlin – this is what the Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH offers. With custom-made services and an excellent network with science, numerous specialised experts provide an optimal offer to lead innovation, settlement, expansion and location securing projects to a success. As a unique public private partnership, the Berlin Partner for Business and Technology is backed both by the Berlin Senate as well as some 200 companies, committed to this city. Furthermore, the Berlin Partner is responsible for the worldwide marketing of the German capital, for instance with the successful “be Berlin” campaign.

BP Europa SE

BP Europa SE


More than 8 million clients trust in ING-DIBA. The bank has the third most number of clients in Germany. The core areas of business in the retail sector are construction finance, checking accounts, savings accounts, consumer loans and securities trading. The institute is available for its customers 24 hours a day. The segment of wholesale banking comprises the corporate business of the bank. The clients include large, internationally operating companies. There are almost 4,000 staff members working for ING-DiBa at the locations of Frankfurt (headquarters), Hanover, Nuremberg and Vienna.


KUKA is an internationally operating automation group with sales of around 3 billion Euros and some 13,200 employees. As one of the world's leading providers of intelligent automation solutions, KUKA offers its customers the complete range of services from a single source: ranging from the component, the robot, the cell right up to the fully automated plant in the sectors of automotive, electronics, consumer goods, metal industry, logistics / e-commerce, healthcare and service robotics. The Group is headquartered in Augsburg. With its products and key technologies, KUKA is a driving force in Industry 4.0 and the associated digitisation of production. The goal is to support the customer with integrated solutions in the optimisation of their value creation. It focuses on digital networking of production, flexible manufacturing concepts and new business models. With decades of experience in automation, process know-how and cloud-based services, KUKA provides its customers with a head start.


At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 158 countries with more than 236,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com. PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. Please see www.pwc.com/structure for further details.

Roland Berger

Roland Berger, founded in 1967, is the only leading global consultancy of German heritage and European origin. With 2,400 employees working from 34 countries, we have successful operations in all major international markets. Our 50 offices are located in the key global business hubs. The consultancy is an independent partnership owned exclusively by 220 Partners. Navigating Complexity: For the past 50 years, Roland Berger has helped its clients manage change. Looking at the coming 50 years, we are committed to supporting our clients conquer the next frontier. To us, this means facilitating navigating the complexities that define our times by providing clients with the responsive strategies essential to success that lasts.


The name Sixt represents premium-mobility. The family company, founded in 1912, is headed today by CEO Erich Sixt and provides both corporate and business clients as well as private travellers with a fleet of premium vehicles with high-end equipment and various offers of car rental. These range from the classic rental to the car-sharing offer DriveNow, the Sixt limousine service, right across to long-term rental. In doing so, the company avails of the latest technological developments, high-quality services and most modern online and mobile solutions. As one of the worldwide leading mobility service providers, Sixt is represented in more than 115 countries around the globe. The company maintains cooperations with renowned hotel chains, well-known airlines and many reputed service providers in the tourist industry.


TELEFÓNICA DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING AG is listed in the Prime Standard (TecDax) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. With its Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG company, it operates within the private and the commercial sector. With its core brand O2 and many secondary and partner brands, the company provides post and prepaid mobile telephony products as well as innovative mobile data services based on state-of-the-art mobile phone technologies, such as LTE. On top of that, as an integrated communication provider of fixed network products, it provides telephone and high-speed internet products for private customers and innovative IP telephony and network solutions for business clients. With altogether 47.9 million connected customers, the company is the market leader in Germany. In the fiscal year 2016, the company generated a revenue of 7.5 billion Euro. Telefónica Deutschland is part of the Spanish telecommunication company Telefónica S.A. headquartered in Madrid.