Asia-Pacific Week Berlin becomes the AsiaBerlin Summit with new dates (21 to 27 September 2020) and new formats
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Amidst the uncertainties across the world, we are happy to announce new beginnings and new ways of communication: a new name, a hybrid offline-online format, and new dates for AsiaBerlin Summit 2020. 
New Name
In a step to consolidate all the Asia-related startup initiatives by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises (Berlin Senate) into a collective platform - the Asia-Pacific Week Berlin has been renamed to AsiaBerlin Summit.  With all other Asia-related startup activities under the umbrella of AsiaBerlin - Connecting Startup Ecosystems: StartUp AsiaBerlin (SUAB) delegation trips and events become AsiaBerlin delegation trips and events, and SUAB Ambassadors are now AsiaBerlin Ambassadors. You will hear from us every month about all the AsiaBerlin activities as the APW Newsletter is now AsiaBerlin News.

Rainer Seider, responsible for the AsiaBerlin initiatives in the Berlin Senate says, “With this restructuring, the collective efforts of our initiatives to connect startup ecosystems across Asia and Berlin will get stronger than ever, thanks to our partners in the APFB and the Ambassadors. We are in the process of rebranding including the introduction of a new website.”

New Dates
Due to the growing concerns around the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe, we have rescheduled the AsiaBerlin Summit 2020 to ensure the health and well being of our staff, strategic partners, speakers, and attendees. It will take place from 21 to 27 September in a hybrid format with an online and offline presence. We are fortunate that we can keep the locations as planned for June: DIHK, Spielfeld and SAP Data Space.

New Formats
With an online-offline hybrid format, we want to maintain the Summit as a central event for personal and direct contacts to facilitate cooperation in a familiar context. At the same time, we can reach a much broader audience, especially in Asia able to follow and participate in plenary and workshop sessions. So we can make a virtue of the actual necessity and adapt the learnings of online formats for our future events.

We will start online registrations for the AsiaBerlin Summit in July 2020. 

Last year, the Summit had over 230 speakers from across Asia and Berlin with 2,000 attendees from over 11 countries. This year, the hybrid-format gives the opportunity to reach a wider audience and have our friends from all over the world join us. 
AsiaBerlin: a collective platform connecting startup ecosystems in Asia and Berlin
Since 1997, the AsiaBerlin Summit (formerly Asia-Pacific Week) has been offering a unique European platform for interdisciplinary European-Asian dialogue in the fields of politics, business, science, research and culture on globally relevant topics. Over the years, as we expanded into running various partner projects focused on connecting startup ecosystems, the restructuring offers a platform that relates to the close-knit startup communities across Asia and Berlin. 

The AsiaBerlin Summit is the annual summit of year-long AsiaBerlin activities connecting Berlin startups with significant ecosystems and markets in Asia aided by relevant contacts and structured networks. The Summit deals with subjects such as smart cities/ urban tech, health, finance, industry 4.0, digitalization,  innovation, internationalization, AI, blockchain in the form of conferences, workshops, and expert tours.
 Find information on all AsiaBerlin initiatives and partner projects of AsiaBerlin by clicking here.
Meet us online for our next #AsiaBerlin event focused on India! 
You could join our next AsiaBerlin Event on April 29, at 11.00 CEST from anywhere in the world as we go online for the first time. We are thrilled to invite Shradha Sharma, Founder, YourStory Media as our special guest for the event. This event highlights resilient leadership, challenges and market opportunities for entrepreneurs leading SmartCity companies in India and Berlin. Get actionable advice from our speakers who already run successful operations in India and Berlin, discuss go-to-market strategies, and more! 
Register here to join via Zoom
Meet #AsiaBerlin Ambassador: Maren Lesche, Founder, Startup Colors & Head of Incubation, Vision Health Pioneers
Our honorary #AsiaBerlin Ambassador Maren Lesche has been a frontrunner in the communication and rebranding activities of AsiaBerlin. From organizing workshops to giving valuable inputs, Maren has wholeheartedly shared her expertise with the community. 

“The AsiaBerlin community makes this amazing region (Asia) approachable to founders in Berlin and Germany. Every time I am in touch with the Ambassadors I learn and explore. This learning journey has also opened up new opportunities for me - not just personally and culturally, but also business-wise. I formed new partnerships, learned from fellow founders and build bridges,” shares Maren.

A communicator and connector at heart, Maren is fascinated by innovative startup ideas in different parts of the world. We are privileged to have her as an Ambassador and an active member of our community connecting startup ecosystems since 2016. Maren has been a part of AsiaBerlin Delegation trips to Manila, Singapore, Jakarta, and Bangalore. Find information on all our AsiaBerlin Ambassadors by clicking here.
News picks from startup ecosystems: Asia and Berlin
These Are The Most Funded Startups On Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2020 List  Forbes
25 Southeast Asia venture firms rally to connect COVID-19 related startup layoffs to new openings  Digital News Asia
10 German startups that will crush it in 2020 and beyond – despite Coronavirus EU Startups
Startups in Germany and Europe that are hiring  Sifted 
German Startups Join Forces to Create Virus Tracking App  Bloomberg
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