Hamburg-India Business Day 2021: R&D cooperation for innovation

German-Indian Round Table (GIRT) Hamburg is pleased to announce that it will hold a breakout session on the theme of R&D cooperation for innovation on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.

The online session will take place via Zoom between 14:15 and 15:15 CET (18:45 – 19:45 IST). Zoom details see below.

India has emerged as a lead market for innovations, especially for frugal innovations that target affordable excellence. Use of digital technologies in a voluminous and unsaturated market offers tremendous opportunities to achieve scale in production and cater to demand in other markets with similar socio-economic needs. With examples from various sectors, such as telemedicine, fintech and industrial goods, this session showcases the opportunities of Indo-German collaboration as well as the implementation strategies to best realize the full potential of this cooperation.

This session is conceived as a precursor to another event on “Potentials of Indo-German Collaboration for High-Tech Innovation” on Nov. 10, 2021.

Time Topic
14:15 – 14:25 Welcome & introduction by Dr. Stephan Buse (Center for Frugal Innovation, TU Hamburg) and Prof. Dr. Rajnish Tiwari (
Hochschule Fresenius | Center for Frugal Innovation, TU Hamburg )
14:25 – 14:45 Keynote: R&D potential in the field of telemedicine by Mr. Peter Laser (Regional Sales Head, SternMed GmbH)  
14:45 – 15:10 Round of discussion with session participants
15:10 – 15:15 Wrap-up and end of the session  

Zoom link:

Meeting-ID: 874 8990 0128
Kenncode: 143677

This session is a part of the Hamburg-India Business Day 2021.

Indo-German Start-up Stories

Keynotes – Stories – Panel

Tuesday, 16.11.2021 | 10:00 CET / 14:30 IST (duration: 2 hours)

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Innovation & entrepreneurship form the basis for the prosperity of societies. India and Germany have been experiencing a start-up boom in promising industries for years. Start-ups are often founded by students and young scientists. How cooperation can contribute to the success of start-ups will be discussed at this event with German and Indian founders & promoters. The event is part of the India Week Hamburg 2021 and is aimed at students, funding organisations & stakeholders with an interest in the Indo-German start-up ecosystem.

Event organisers: GINSEP, GIRT, TU Hamburg, Hamburg Invest


Welcome: Introduction of Event & Partners:Dr. Stephan Buse, Deputy Director, Institute for Technology & Innovation Management, TUHH

Keynote: Prof. Peter Kabel, AECAL GmbH

Startup Stories:

Moderator: Julian Zix, Project Lead, GINSEP, German Startup Association

Ragesh Ravi, Founder, MyBunkers

Jannik Strohbeck, Atman Jain, Co-founders, ActiveLab


Moderator: Prof. Dr. Rajnish Tiwari, Professor of Business Administration & Global Innovation, Hochschule Fresenius

Lee Lee Ong, Project Director, International Investments, Hamburg Invest

Julian Zix, Project Lead, GINSEP, German Startup Association

Johannes Berg, Managing Director, Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg


Untapped business avenues in rural India

GIRT Hamburg and Bremen Chamber of Commerce invite to an insightful event on 21st Nov. 2013

Photo courtsey: Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India

Latest data suggest that India is again set on a growth track. Away from media limelight India’s hinterland has emerged as a key driver of economic growth. A recent report in the Economic Times (4th October 2013) said, “India Inc’s rural champions have probably never had it so good”. “At a time when the rest of India Inc is either groaning under heavy debt or struggling to sell in a sluggish market,” the report said, “companies with heavy rural focus are literally licking their lips in anticipation of a surge in demand in India’s villages and towns.” The news items also quoted a Deutsche Bank report saying that “years of above-average rainfall have increased rural prosperity and stock markets have responded by pushing up prices of companies with a strong rural presence.”


IMF sees signs of moderate economic recovery for India in 2014

Hamburg (Oct. 8, 2013). The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released yesterday new World Economic Outlook (WEO), which sees slowdown in economic growth for most major econmies this year. On a positive note it expects the growth to resume an upward trend in the next year. The Executive Summary states:

World Economic Outlook: Transitions and Tensions (October 2013)

„Global growth is in low gear, the drivers of activity are changing, and downside risks persist. China and a growing number of emerging market economies are coming off cyclical peaks. Their growth rates are projected to remain much above those of the advanced economies but below the elevated levels seen in recent years, for both cyclical and structural reasons.“


„Indian Firms in Germany: Recent Developments and the Road Ahead“

Between August 2012 and July 2013 Indian firms continued to scale up their investments in Germany. We could observe some significant investment projects in the reporting period. Seeking access to technology and patent portfolios is increasingly driving Indian investments in Germany even as Indian firms try to augment their in-house R&D capabilities in order to compete on innovation. On the flip side, Indian firms often struggle to integrate themselves in the local eco-system and to fully benefit from the national, regional, and sectoral innovation systems in Germany.

An article by Dr. Rajnish Tiwari, in the Annual Report 2013 of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, p. 119-123.

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