The fourth Migration Zoom Time, a digital version of the successful Migration Lunch Time event format, brought together a broad range of participants from the federal administration, politics, associations, civil society, media, academia, founders and the start-up community to discuss how the great potential of innovative start-ups by migrants can be better leveraged.
Dr. Susann Schäfer from the Institute of Geography at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena presented challenges for innovative founders with migration experience based on the study ”Innovative Gründer:innen mit Migrationserfahrung in Deutschland” published in May. She also showed policy options to bring this resource to bear even better. Dr. Oliver Koppel, Senior Economist for Innovations and MINT, German Economic Institute, presented options to develop the study further based on the publication ”Migration hält Deutschlands stotternden Innovationsmotor am Laufen”. Then, Dr. Alexander Hirschfeld, Team Leader Research, German Start-ups Association, contributed his perspective. In doing so, he drew on the ”Migrant Founders Monitor”. As the third commentator, Sachiko Kayama, founder of tech start-up KARO Labs, shared her experience as a non-German founder in Germany. Afterwards, the discussion was opened to the entire group of participants.
Important results of the discussion were the following: