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Forum Kiedrich: Second Table for Founding Regulars

The table for start-up founders we organize together with Forum Kiedrich every second month has been a huge success with its second instance. We had around 15 visitors, all Alumni of the Forum Kiedrich Founders’ Market and Ralf Schmitt of Baur / Schmitt / Böhmer & Partner who gave a lecture on founders’ typical beginner-mistakes.
See the pictures I took on their blog.

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Forum Kiedrich: Founders Wanted Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Germany’s most persistant Start-Up Initiative

Being among the Forum Kiedrich Alumni with SemaWorx myself (though our presentation has been almost two years ago now), I am happy to help them promote their 20th Founders’ Market in the Blogosphere.
If you are an Entrepreneur and/or trying to find customers or investors for your latest invention, the Founders’ Market on February 3rd, 2007 your place to go to find investors (traditionally less VCs but more corporate technologist and business angels) – accompanied by the obviously unavoidable crowd of PR– and any other breed of consultants.
Logo Forum KiedrichThe participation in the event itself is com- pletely free (like in ‘beer’), which is really great if you’re on a budget (whose start-up isn’t…) and besides a better-than-average lunch, the entrepreneurs’ pitches will be accompanied by high quality lectures and workshops.
   This time Claudia Erben (the forum’s CEO) got you a keynote speech on innovation culture given by Jürgen Kunz (CEO of Oracle Germany), Dr. Heinz Klandt (of European Business School, the first person to hold a chair in entrepreneurship in Germany at the time) will tell about the ‘lessons learned’ during ten years of supporting entrepreneurship in Germany and finally a look at future economic demands will be provided by Dr. Andreas Steinle of Zukunftsinstitut. The exact timetable and a listing of the workshops will be provided in January.
So if you are a start-up willing to join the event, you can still apply this entire week. If, on the other hand, you would like to become a mentor, helping start ups to get their companies up and running, you need to apply here.
See you at the Founders’ Market !
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Forum Kiedrich: Seminar on Creativity Techniques

Today I attended another instructive seminar, hosted by Forum Kiedrich: Creativity Techniques taught by Prof. Dr. Horst Geschka.
Though most of the participants were already familiar with the concepts of brainstorming etc., it was nevertheless interesting to have the chance to compare the suitability of several "techniques" on different real world (from the participants’ companies) case studies side-by-side and therefore to learn which method to use on which occasion.

Additional Insight:  The traditionally reserved and tidy-minded locals clearly prefer the less emotionally loaded ‘writing’ methods over the more vibrant concepts, that live by their goup dynamics.

In spite of that, I personally always used to prefer the productivity of that typical creative chaos during brainstormings.

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