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



Changing the game: Digital consultancy and company builder etventure has set itself the goal of shaping digital change and creating value for business and society. etventure implements the digital transformation of companies both in the existing core organisation and through the development of new digital business models and also builds its own start-ups. Corporate clients include BARMER, Deutsche Bahn, Daimler Financial Services, Franz Haniel & Cie., Schwan-STABILO and the steel trader Klöckner. etventure was founded in 2010 by the managing directors Philipp Depiereux, Philipp Herrmann and Dr. Christian Lüdtke. Since October 2017, etventure has been part of the auditing and consulting firm Ey (Ernst & young) and is still managed as an independent company by its founders.

Myra Security

Technology is our element and innovation our drive: As an IT security company, Myra Security GmbH is one of the most renowned providers in Europe. Governments, (central) banks, DAX corporations and global e-commerce companies trust the know-how and experience of IT and digital experts. Myra IT engineers and network architects operate a self-developed security platform to reliably protect companies, websites and online shops from digital attacks originating from the Internet. Malicious traffic is filtered out, corporate data protected and data communication accelerated worldwide. Myra is committed to the highest quality standards and recognised certifications (ISO 27001). Made in Germany: in 2012, IT expert Sascha Schumann founded the company together with digital entrepreneur Paul Kaffsack.

Aareal Bank

Headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, Aareal Bank Group is a leading provider of smart financing, software products and digital solutions for the property sector and related industries. These solutions meet the highest quality standards, and support our clients in more than 20 countries across three continents – Europe, North America and Asia. In the Structured Property Financing business segment, we provide customised and flexible financing for our clients’ international property investments – particularly office buildings, hotels, shopping centres as well as residential and logistics properties – with a focus on existing buildings. Our strength lies in combining local market expertise with sector-specific know-how. In the Consulting/Services business segment, clients from the European property and energy sectors optimise their business processes and enhance efficiency through our unique combination of specialised banking services and innovative digital products and services. Our digital platforms integrate property management with related industries.

Berlin Partner

First choice: 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 tailor-made services and an excellent network with academia, 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 (government) as well as 200 companies, committed to this city. Furthermore, Berlin Partner is responsible for the worldwide marketing of the German capital, for instance with the successful “be Berlin” campaign.

BP Europa SE

With around 10,000 employees and a turnover of EUR 39.4 billion, BP Europa SE operates in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and Hungary and reaches millions of customers every day with the products and services of it’s brands BP, Aral and Castrol. In Germany, the company runs one of the largest refinery systems and produces fuels, heating oil, lubricants and petrochemical products that serve as the basis for many everyday items. With 2,400 filling stations under the Aral brand, BP is a leader in the German market. With its Castrol brand, the company also holds a top position in the lubricants sector. Moreover, BP is one of the foremost suppliers of liquid gas, aviation fuel and marine diesel. Around 4,600 employees work at eight locations in Germany.


Huawei Technologies is one of the world's leading providers of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. More than one third of the world's population and more than half of the German population use Huawei technology directly or indirectly. Headquartered in Shenzhen, Huawei has 180,000 employees worldwide and operates in 170 countries with three segments: Carrier Network, Enterprise Business and Consumer Business. Huawei employs 80,000 people in research and development and operates 16 research and development clusters worldwide and 28 innovation centers together with partners. Huawei has been active in Germany since 2001 and employs over 2,000 people at 18 locations. Huawei's European Research Center is headquartered in Munich.


With more than 9 million customers, ING in Germany is Germany’s third-largest bank. Its core retail banking services are mortgages, current accounts, savings, consumer loans and brokerage. The bank can be reached by customers 24/7. ING Wholesale Banking takes care of corporate clients, including large, internationally operating companies. Some 4,000 employees work for ING at its offices in Frankfurt (headquarters), Hanover, Nuremberg and Vienna.


KuKA is an internationally operating automation group with sales of around EUR 3.5 billion and about 14,200 employees. As one of the world‘s leading suppliers of intelligent automation solutions, KUKA offers customers the complete range of services from a single source: from components, robots and cells to fully automated systems in the automotive, electronics, consumer goods, metals, logistics/e-commerce, healthcare and service robotics industries. The Group‘s headquarters are located in Augsburg. With its products and key technologies, Kuka is driving Industry 4.0 and the associated digitisation of production. The aim is to support customers in optimising their value creation with holistic, intelligent solutions. The focus is on digital production networking, flexible production concepts and new business models. With decades of experience in automation, process know-how and cloud-based services, KUKA gives its customers 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.

Roland Berger

Roland Berger, founded in 1967, is the only worldwide leading management consultancy of German pedigree and European roots. With about 2,400 staff members in 34 countries, the company is operating successfully in all globally important markets. The 50 offices of Roland Berger are located at the main business hubs the world over. The consultancy company is an independent partnership owned exclusively by the around 220 partners.


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 offers telecommunications services for private and business customers, as well as innovative digital products and services in the fields of the Internet of Things and data analytics. With a total of 49.4 million customer connections (as of 30 June 2018), the company is one of the leading integrated telecommunications providers in Germany. In the mobile segment alone, Telefónica Deutschland is responsible for more than 45.2 million connections – no other domestic network operator connects more people. Through its core brand O2 and various secondary and partner brands, the company sells postpaid and prepaid mobile telecommunications products including innovative mobile data services. The basis for this is a mobile service network based on a high-performance GSM, UMTS and LTE infrastructure. Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG has been listed in the Prime Standard on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX) since 2012. In the 2017 financial year, the company generated revenue of EUR 7.3 billion with almost 9,300 employees. The company is majority owned by the Spanish telecommunications group Telefónica S.A., headquartered in Madrid. With a presence in 21 countries and a customer base of almost 350 million connections, the group is one of the world’s biggest telecommunications providers.