Best of Both Leipzig

Old meets New Economy

Leading Innovation Conference
in one of the fastest growing cities in Europe for Executives, Entrepreneurs and Digital Natives



// Best of Both Leipzig

On March 24th, 2015 SWAB was hosting “Best of Both Leipzig – Old meets New Economy“ in cooperation with Leipziger Volkszeitung. For the first time outside of Berlin – this time in the country of “tinkerers and doers” as Stanislaw Tillich, Minister-President of Saxony stated. He thanked the 150 international professional visitors from Old and New Economy for their attendance and promoted the outstanding funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and international startups in Saxony.

The event aimed at know-how transfer between Old and New Economy, the generation of valueable business opportunities and the promotion of Leipzig as a hot spot for international startups. This time Best of Both Leipzig focussed on innovative Biotech startups and digital business models with a high relevance for established industrial companies.

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// Why participate?

Old Economy

  • Get to know the startup’s innovations, products and business models
  • Network with about 150 executives, entrepeneurs and digital talents
  • Integrate the innovative projects of international founders into your company or find digital talents for their execution

New Economy

  • Connect with innovation-driven, strategic partners and present your company during a pitch and in moderated business talks
  • Find potential customers and investors for your innovative ideas
  • BOB Smart Business Award: Present your business case in front of the audience and win a top executive from an established company as mentor for your startup

// Organizers, Media Partners & Hosts

Christoph Teuner, Anchor n-tv

Old meets New Economy

// We bring to Leipzig

  • an to Europe unique innovation conference & trade show with international startups, entrepreneurs and decision makers from the Old and New Economy
  • executives from both business worlds to generate valueable business contacts in a non-public setting
  • targeted selection of startups from the portfolio of SWAB from more than 20 nations with a relevance for you and your company

Supporter Best of Both – Advisory Board

Internet, Mobile & Commerce

Christian A.W. Berner
Christian A.W. BernerVorstand, Berner SE
Dr. Clemens Beckmann
Dr. Clemens BeckmannExecutive Vice President Innovationen BRIEF, Deutsche Post AG
Dr. Florian Heinemann
Dr. Florian HeinemannCEO, Project A Ventures GmbH & Co KG
Donata Hopfen
Donata HopfenChairwoman, BILD Group
Harm Ohlmeyer
Harm OhlmeyerChief eCommerce Officer, Adidas AG
Tobias Schirmer
Tobias SchirmerPrincipal, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments S.A
Carla Kirmis
Carla KirmisInnovation Advisory, ProChile Germany
Hannes Harborth
Hannes HarborthDirector Business Development, Red Bull Media House GmbH
Florian Michajlezko
Florian MichajlezkoCEO, Ergobag GmbH

Engineering & Energy

Dr. Ralf Schnell
Dr. Ralf SchnellCEO, Siemens Ventures GmbH
Huschke Diekmann
Huschke DiekmannExecutive Director, Customer Innovation Center, GE Germany
Dr. Reiner Mauch
Dr. Reiner MauchExecutive Vice President, SCHOTT AG
Christian Figge
Christian FiggeVice President, General Atlantic LLC
Christoph Bantle
Christoph BantleLeiter E-Bikes, Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG


Dr. Boris Stoffel
Dr. Boris StoffelCEO, Miltenyi Biotec GmbH
Dr. Michael Collasius
Dr. Michael CollasiusMember of the board, Qiagen SE
Dr. Michael Mark
Dr. Michael MarkVice President, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH
Dr. Martin Weber
Dr. Martin WeberHead of Molecular Diagnostics, Austrian Institut of Technology

// Event time and venue

  • March 24th, 2015 from 10.00 am to 06.00 pm
  • Kuppelhalle der Leipziger Volkszeitung, Peterssteinweg 19, 04107 Leipzig

Sponsors & Partners