More than 70 business and government leaders gathered in Berlin this week for a roundtable discussion about the country’s innovative economy, but one key topic never made the cut: entrepreneurship.
The organizers of the Berlin summit said they didn’t expect to have the topic on their agenda at all, even though it was central to the opening of a new building in the German capital this week that will serve as the hub for an ambitious project to reinvent the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Instead, the meeting was held with the same theme as the other four-day conference, but without the focus on entrepreneurship.
Organizers, who included Chancellor Angela Merkel and the countrys business leaders, touted a series of initiatives that aim to foster the development of the German economy and create jobs.
They include creating a “city-state model” for Germany, which would have a central planning structure and regulatory framework that would allow for the creation of a number of autonomous companies, as well as a new tax on small businesses.
Merkel also called for creating “a digital city” that would help foster the creation and promotion of entrepreneurship.
She also called on the country to build “more and better support” for the country s startup ecosystem.
But a spokesman for the Chancellor’s office said the Chancellor had not been invited to participate in the roundtable, which was held last week, as the city was under a state of emergency.
Instead the Chancellor was invited to a smaller-scale roundtable at a different location that was open to anyone, he said, adding that he wasn’t aware of the specific topic for the other three-day event.
Berlin’s entrepreneurship summit was organized by the German Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurs of Germany (SEED) group, which aims to nurture and promote entrepreneurship and create opportunities for people from different backgrounds and professions.
The event is intended to highlight the potential of Germany as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, as it is one of the largest hubs for global companies.
Organizer Klaus Fiedler told The Associated Press that the event was a “perfect fit” for Berlin, where he said the citys entrepreneurial community is in its infancy.
Fiedler said that the Berlin meeting was organized to highlight “how innovative we are,” but added that the initiative was also meant to provide the public with “a platform to be more active and involved.”
“In Germany, the number one goal is to promote entrepreneurship,” he said.
“I think the success of the city is not just the number of companies, but also how the cities and businesses can become more efficient and more innovative,” he added.