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March 20, 2024

Urban Innovation Forum 2024

We bring together creative and innovative minds to shape the city of tomorrow.

The 2024 Urban Innovation Forum, hosted at Festsaal Kreuzberg, explored how cities are driving decarbonization around the world.

The Forum hosted founders, investors, entrepreneurs, academics, city officials and industry leaders for a day filled with learning, networking, and business activities as part of the Berlin Energy Week.

It's the place where networks thrive, and entrepreneurs and ideas receive a boost. Join us for this incredible experience and kickstart your journey with a highly curated lineup of experts and diverse formats connecting you with the most relevant people at the event.

The Forum serves as an immersive learning hub designed to ignite impactful solutions through panels, keynote addresses, fireside chats, and interactive workshops.

Thank you for coming together to discuss how Berlin can lead local and global climate solutions!

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Our agenda for UIF 2024 is packed with inspiring sessions and discussions. Stay tuned for topics like


Welcome Ceremony

Celebrating Urban Innovation



Connect & Catalyze

Matchmaking at the Urban Innovation Forum

Kaminzimmer (+ Biergarten)


Corporate Maze

Understanding the Challenge - We need an Innovation Perspective



Skyward Revival

Berlin's Innovative Takeoff with Repurposed Airport Infrastructures



Innovate, Collaborate, Transform

Urban Innovation Workshop Series

Aquarium, Kaminzimmer, Festsaal, Ostflügel




Accelerating Climate Innovation

Unveiling the Climate Tech Cohort with Phineo Startups




Looking back at the day



Drinks & Snacks



Fire Side Chat

Innovative Funding Approaches for Climate Tech


the whole day

Satellite Events

Aquarium, Kaminzimmer, Festsaal, Ostflügel

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Meet the visionaries driving urban innovation at UIF 2024

Katharina Beitz

Head of Communication at ZYBRA Ventures & GICA Advisory Board Member

Alexander S. Wolf

Founder of GICA Impact Network by Foundation AusserGewöhnlich Berlin

Thomas Krause

Head of the Department of Energy, Digitalization, Innovation at Senate Department for Economics, Energy & Operations

Tess Dury

Head of ESG at Extantia Capital GmbH

Paul Hock

Co-Founder & CEO at Green Fusion GmbH

Chika Yamamoto

Founder & CEO at Crossbie GmbH

Sebastian Schäfer

Senior Innovation Manager Startup Partnerships at E.ON Group Innovation GmbH

Stephen Tierney

Business Development Manager at London & Partners

Geraldine de Bastion

CEO at Konnektiv Kollektiv GmbH

Thomas Lorenz

Stakeholder Manager Finance at Science & Startups

Jonas Schorr

Partner at Urban Impact

Sophie Persigehl

Project Manager at Urban Impact

Stefan Petersen

Managing Partner of Factor4Solutions GmbH

Felix Krause

Managing Partner at Vireo Ventures GmbH

Nikolai Dobrott

Founder & Managing Partner at Apricum GmbH

Thomas Schubert

Corporate & M&A partner at Dentons’ Berlin office

Hendrik Patzlaff

Program Associate at HPI gGmbH

Lu Yen Roloff

Director at PLAN B 2030 e.V.

Jonas Wegener

Communication Strategist at PHINEO gAG

Maurits Zevering

Managing Director at nextract energy

Paul Thiekoetter

Co-founder at admi

Dr. Oliver Schmidt

CEO at GmbH

Norbert Herrmann

Head of Startup Affairs at Berlin Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises

Olivia Czetwertynski

Chief strategy Officer at betahausX GmbH

Mi-Ra Tai

Stakeholder Manager Business at Science & Startups

Stefan Richter

Program development at Tempelhof Projekt GmbH

Till Ammelburg

Program Director China & Ecosystem Lead Berlin at Start2 Group GmbH

Marcia Schranner

Coordinator at Startup Unit

Markus Facklam

Head of Unit International at Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH

Maria Pozder

Co-Founder at we4everyone GmbH

Dr. Tavseef Mairaj Shah


Nicole Hiltl

Managing Director of the Climate Tech Hub

Carlotta Krone-Danhier

Project Manager at Urban Innovation & Climate Tech Hub

Maren Lesche

Managing Director at Startup Colors UG

Sebastian van der Meer

Head of Corporate Development at zolar GmbH

Lara Rashdan

Co-Founder at Yamakoe

Christian Nestler

Public Affairs Manager Startup Policy at IHK Berlin

Max Schwitalla

Founder of Studio Schwitalla

Dr. Alexandra K. Mikityuk

Co-Founder & CEO at Staex

Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri

Founder & Executive Director at CIV:LAB

Sebastian Ulm

Head of Urban Innovation

Dr. Stephen Lorimer

Clean Energy Cities at Centre for Net Zero

Tad Kimura

CEO at addlight Inc.

Dr. Dale Rickert

Global Head of Product at GREENTECH FESTIVAL

Urban Innovation

About the Forum

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At Urban Innovation, we are driven by a vision of smarter, more sustainable cities.

At our annual Urban Innovation Forum, we bring together a diverse group of urban innovators, thought leaders and advocates, to explore how breakthroughs in urban tech can accelerate the sustainable transformation of urban spaces.


Turning Dialog into Action

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Urban Innovation is built by Climate Tech Hub and funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Enterprises and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This project was funded as part of the Union's response to the Covid 19 pandemic.