Friday, 4 September

Open for business 

On September 4th 9:00 AM the project was finally launched publicly. 

Dr. Hardy-Rudolf Schmitz, as CEO of WISTA-management our gracious host at Adlershof, opened the day by welcoming the FIRES-consortium and its guests. His welcome was followed by a brief summary of the project by coordinator Dr. Mark Sanders.  

His brief introduction stressed once more the importance and challenges of engaging with important stakeholders in the field. To put this into practice, representatives of important stakeholder groups - startups, venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs and business leaders and lastly policy makers from the EU - were represented in the audience.


The project work package leaders first all briefly pitched their work packages and these were subsequently discussed under moderation of Stef Steyaert and Mark Hongenaert of Levuur. By presenting our research questions and plans, also referring to the calling questions that had been formulated the day before, the stakeholder representatives could quickly provide valuable feedback, suggestions and comments that the work package leaders took to heart. The discussion covered many topics and lots of ground in little time.