Goal: Project inspiration
Format: thematic evening with max. 35 interdisciplinary participants at decision-maker level
Cooperations: Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and diplomatic missions
In 2019 we held Munich Members Salons on Pakistan, Ghana and Romania.
Munich Members Salon Romania
We celebrated our third Munich Members Salon. Our guest of honour, the dedicated Consul General Chiriac of Romania, introduced us to her country and explained the economic possibilities and opportunities the country withholds.
Romania is a highly competitive European market with a population of nearly 20 million people and a large number of talented and well-educated young students. Romanians are skilled workers, who are entering another phase of the industry where technology becomes the key factor. In order to be part of the 4.0 industry revolution, Romanian businesses work closely with the universities of their country to push the boundaries in the fields of digitalisation, big data, energy efficiency and smart cities even further. It’s also interesting that women’s participation in science is at 53% in Romania compared to a European average of 38%.
The diverse group of guests – ranging from artists, photographers and moderators to IT, finance and investment specialists – made this evening another unexpected highlight-event of meaningful discussions and eye-opening discourse. And believe it or not – the request has been raised to organise a joint Munich Members business trip to Romania! Maybe for 2021?
Munich Members Salon Ghana
We welcomed young entrepreneurs as well as founders and managers of startup hubs, incubators and accelerators from Ghana to our Munich Members Salon Vol. 2.
On the occasion and invitation of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, to whom we are very grateful for this initiative, our Munich Members – this time designers, artists, curators and founders – and the participants of the delegation had an evening full of discussions, company pitches and project presentations.
The ambition and drive of the young entrepreneurs blew us away: while some specialize in the development and implementation of technical products and FinTechs to facilitate everyday life of the Ghanaians, the startup Joluud enables, among other things, technical workshops for young students so that they can work in the field of software development and programming. The Startup mPharma plans the revolution of the African health market, in particular with the aim to make medicines affordable for the majority of the population, while the Startup Coliba is committed to waste separation and disposal so that Ghana does not suffocate in plastic waste.
This entrepreneurial spirit, mixed with the creative and economic input of our Members, not only allowed an exciting atmosphere; by the end of the evening we can say: the Munich Members Community has continued to grow internationally.
Now it is time to deepen these first conversations and to work out which ideas can be driven forward together in projects. This was the first step.
Munich Members Salon Pakistan
Our first Munich Members Salon – an absolute highlight!
Miro Craemer, co-initiator of fashion and design projects in Pakistan, provided insights: Inspired by his time in South Asia, he developed the TOGETTHERE-XPERIENCE, a one-day festival that aims to bring together artists and the public in the rooms of the Pinakothek der Moderne with interactive activities.
The curator for contemporary art at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Bernhart Schwenk, emphasized the importance of international cooperation in the field of art and the museum world and gave an insight into the strategy of art creation, which a few decades ago was still geographically very narrow-minded.
The topic “Women Empowerment in Business” was highlighted by the Pakistani founder and entrepreneur Anila Hussain of Shenannz, who among other things supports the initiative We-Net Pakistan, which sees itself as “Pakistan’s Women Entrepreneur Network of Trade”. Our business representatives from the financial and M&A sectors also had their say in the discussion, so as not to lose sight of the economic facts despite all the creativity.
The evening was rounded off with music. Our Munich Member Furkan Sakizli played and sung from his very personal, mainly self-written German and Turkish repertoire. An evening full of inspiration and new ideas. Munich Members Salon Vol. 2 will definitely follow!