In collaboration with Roland Berger, the IE.F has developed an action plan for successful digital transformation in Germany and Europe. It includes the fields of finance, infrastructure, competition, data protection, governance, digital literacy, and business culture and was presented by Stefan Schaible, CEO Germany & Central Europe at Roland Berger. A central finding of the study: young German businesses will need growth capital of approximately 50 billion Euros in the next five years to take advantage of digitization opportunities for Germany.
In his speech in front of guests like Berlin Senators Cornelia Yzer (Economy) and Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen (Finance) as well as Minister of State to Chancellor Merkel, Helge Braun, Schaible stressed the fundamental importance of a vibrant digital ecosystem for growth, prosperity, and jobs in Germany. “Digitization isn’t just about changing the technology. It means radically changing business models by consistently adopting the customer’s perspective”, explains Schaible. “Therefore it is all the more important that promising German start-ups are strongly supported.”
EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger held the keynote speech under the title “Europe’s Race to Catch Up” – Photo: Norman Bosselt
In the subsequent panel discussion with MdB Thomas Jarzombek and 1&1 CEO Jan Oetjen, all participants were in agreement: quick and bold reforms must be carried out in all seven fields of action to build a functional and sustainable digital ecosystem in Germany, or in other words, to make the digital transformation. The time to act is now!