“GO!” start-up campaign

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Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier is opening the first regional conference of the “GO!” start-up campaign in Saarbrücken today with more than 120 participants.

Minister Altmaier said: “I want to work with regional stakeholders to win more people over to the idea of setting up in business. Today’s regional conference offers a good platform for a direct dialogue between the regional start-up community, businesses and government. I am particularly interested in the experiences and suggestions of the local entrepreneurs. The aim of the start-up campaign is to strengthen the culture of entrepreneurship in Germany. People who set up in business, successful entrepreneurs, deserve our respect and recognition for their valuable contribution to the prosperity of our country. Their ideas, products and services are making our Social Market Economy strong and fit for the future.”

Jürgen Barke, State Secretary at the Economic Affairs Ministry of Saarland, said: “The start-up community in Saarland is really impressive. Our start-ups are notable both for their orientation to technology and for their affinity for innovation, and they bring fresh air into our economy. A great deal is happening around Saarland’s higher education institutions in particular. The start-up radar of Germany’s higher education institutions therefore dubbed Saarland University the “most improved institution in 2018”. These successes are encouraging for us as we continue supporting young entrepreneurs on their journey to setting up in business.”

In their joint declaration on the start-up campaign in November 2018, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the business associations agreed to hold four regional conferences. This series is being launched today by the joint event of the Saarland Chamber of Skilled Crafts, the Saarland Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and the Federation of Saarland Business Associations, at which entrepreneurs and companies from Saarland are invited to engage in a dialogue with the business community and government. The regional conference aims in particular to give better support to start-ups and to hand-overs of companies to the next generation, and to reduce barriers. The dialogue will continue in three other regions in 2019. The next regional conference is expected to be held in Baden-Württemberg in May 2019.

You can find further information (in German) about the “GO!” start-up campaign and impressions of the regional conference in Saarbrücken here.