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



DATEV is a software developer and IT service provider for tax consultants, auditors, and attorneys, as well as their clients. In addition to the members, customers include companies, municipalities and institutions. The cooperative’s range of products and services encompasses the fields of accounting, personnel management, business consulting, taxes, enterprise resource planning (ERP), IT services, IT security and training and consultancy. DATEV was founded in 1966 and today is one of Germany’s largest information service providers and software development companies. As such in 2017, the company ranked third on the list of business software providers in Germany. DATEV provides more than 300,000 customers with its solutions. Working together, the cooperative improves the business processes of 2.5 million companies, municipalities and institutions.


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.


Salesforce is the global leader in customer relationship management (CRM), bringing companies closer to their customers in the digital age. Founded in 1999, Salesforce enables companies of every size and industry to take advantage of powerful technologies—cloud, mobile, social, internet of things, and artificial intelligence—to connect to their customers in a whole new way. The Salesforce Customer 360 includes industry-leading services spanning sales, service, marketing, commerce, communities, collaboration and industries, all on a single trusted cloud platform. The company is ranked #1 on Fortune’s World's Best Workplaces list, and Forbes has ranked the company one of the world's most innovative companies for eight years in a row. For information, please visit www.salesforce.com.

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/Pacific. 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.


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.

Myra Security

Myra Security GmbH is developer and operator of a worldwide cloud security suite. It analyzes traffic in real time, detects threats and reliably fends off attacks before they can cause damage to websites and IT infrastructures. Myra Security‘s goal is to protect all digital business processes of a company against attacks from the Internet in real time and to ensure 100% data transparency. So virtual attacks are not a real threat. Myra Security relies on the highest quality standards and recognized certifications such asthe ISO 27001 certificate based on IT-Grundschutz or PCI-DSS. This proves that technology “Made in Germany“ is highly efficient, safe and successful.The company’s clients include institutions such as the European Central Bank and the German Federal Government as well as media houses, DAX corporations and companiessuch as Sixt and BAUR

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 35 countries, we have successful operations in all major international markets. Our 52 offices are located in the key global business hubs. The consultancy is an independent partnership owned exclusively by 230 Partners.


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 49.5 million customer connections (as of 31 December 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 million connections – no other domestic network operator connects more people. By 2022, the company aims to become the “Mobile Customer & Digital Champion”, meaning the preferred partner for customers in the German mobile service market that allows them mobile freedom in the digital world. 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 also provides telephony and high-speed internet products, such as VDSL, in the fixed network field. Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG has been listed in the Prime Standard on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX) since 2012. In the 2018 financial year, the company generated revenue of EUR 7.3 billion with almost 9,000 employees. The company is majority owned by the Spanish telecommunications group Telefónica S.A., headquartered in Madrid. With operations in 16 countries and a customer base of 336 million connections, the group is one of the world’s biggest telecommunications providers.