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Sascha Karimpour

Managing Director

Plug and Play

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Sascha Karimpour is part of Europes biggest innovation platform. Since 2016 he works as Managing Director for Plug & Play Germany GmbH and brought the Silicon Valley Spirit to Germany. He is based in Stuttgart, where he manages the open innovation platform STARTUP AUTOBAHN, a platform that unites global young tech companies with the unique tech expertise of Silicon Valley and the best of German engineering. A total of 150 startups graduated from the innovation platform, with more than 220 pilot projects in the field of mobility, IoT and enterprise 2.0. Besides Plug & Play Germany opened platforms in Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt covering the topics RetailTech, Healthcare, Insurtech, Fintech, Energy and Supply Chain. Before he came to Germany, Sascha had been VP of Corporate Relations for the DACH region for Plug and Play Tech Center located in Silicon Valley. Previously he worked for various startups and established the North American division of a traditional German trading company in Chicago. With his entrepreneurial Spirit, he took it to his passion, to push innovation through collaboration!

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A sneak peak of the agenda. Find out more on the comprehensive overview.

September 23rd, 2020 – Wednesday

2:00 PM (UTC)

0:15 h

STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play Day I – Grand Opening Ceremony

Meet STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play: all 30 Partners Champions, the Plug and Play Team, as well the Board Members of the Partners, what STARTUP AUTOBAHN is.


Founders Talk



Learn what this Open Innovation Platform is all about from our 30 Partners, Champions, the Plug and Play Team, as well the Board Members of the Partners. Plus, meet our representation of the Founding Team, speaking with our Moderator DanRam about the WHY.

  • Sascha Karimpour, Managing Director at Plug & Play Germany GmbH
  • Philipp Gneiting, Head of Open Innovation at Mercedes-Benz AG

Speakers of this Session

Sascha Karimpour

Managing Director

Plug and Play

Dr. Philipp Gneiting

Head of Open Innovation and STARTUP AUTOBAHN


2:15 PM (UTC)

0:05 h

Executive Testimonials

Matthias ArlethWebasto, Dr. Michael FübiTÜV Rheinland, Patrick KückPorsche, Laksh Vaaman SehgalMotherson, Andreas MündelDPDHL, Andreas TorkaWieland Group, Barrie PainterMotherson, Christiaan VerschuerenZF Wabco, Dana GoldhammerTÜV Rheinland, Edgar MüllerEberspächer, Gerrit PohlADAC, Jean-Marc MeunierAGC, Luz MauchDXC, Marc RosenmayrMotherson, Matthias DannenbergBosch, Markus SchäferDaimler, Michael DemmerWieland Group, Naoya NishimotoSekisui s-lec, Oliver BahnsT-Systems, Pawel ZarekZF Wabco, Peter FröschleARENA2036, Prof. Dr. Peter MiddendorfUniversität Stuttgart, Saeed AmidiPlug and Play, Sascha KarimpourPlug and Play, Tom RauschBASF, Prof. Dr. Wolfram ResselUniversität Stuttgart


Executive Voice

Why Innovation is so important. Executives of all STARTUP AUTOBAHN Partners.

Speakers of this Session

Matthias Arleth

Deputy Chairman of the Management Board


Dr. Michael Fübi


TÜV Rheinland

Patrick Kück

Director Digitalization & Innovation


Laksh Vaaman Sehgal

Vice Chairman


Andreas Mündel

Senior Vice President Innovation & Strategy


Andreas Torka

Vice President Research, Development & Innovation

Wieland Group

Barrie Painter

Executive Vice President Global Sales, Marketing & BD


Christiaan Verschueren

Vice President Trailer

ZF Wabco

Dana Goldhammer

Head of Innovation and Digitalization

TÜV Rheinland

Edgar Müller

Vice President Business Innovation/ Next Shed


Gerrit Pohl

Chief Digital Officer


Jean-Marc Meunier

President at AGC Automotive Europe


Luz Mauch

Executive Vice President of Automotive


Marc Rosenmayr

Chief Technology Officer


Matthias Dannenberg

Head of Strategy and Transformation - Bosch Business Sector Mobil...


Markus Schäfer

Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz...


Michael Demmer

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development & CIO

Wieland Group

Naoya Nishimoto

Managing Director

Sekisui s-lec

Oliver Bahns

Senior Vice President Connected Mobility


Pawel Zarek

Plant Leader

ZF Wabco

Peter Fröschle

Managing Director


Prof. Dr. Peter Middendorf

Vice Rector for Knowledge and Technology Transfer

Universität Stuttgart

Saeed Amidi

Founder & CEO

Plug and Play

Sascha Karimpour

Managing Director

Plug and Play

Tom Rausch

Head of Digital Innovation


Prof. Dr. Wolfram Ressel


Universität Stuttgart

September 24th, 2020 – Thursday

8:30 AM (UTC)

1:00 h

Driving Innovation in the World’s Third-Largest Startup Ecosystem: India’s Role in the Global Technology R&D Landscape and Prospects for Collaboration with Germany

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Breakout Session



Panel Discussion

Aimed at Startups and Corporates with existing or planned collaboration with India

With more than 7,500 Indian start-ups, India is the third largest start-up ecosystem worldwide. Many of the biggest industry leaders take part in this thriving ecosystem - including Daimler AG, who has built up Mercedes Benz R&D India (MBRDI) as the group’s largest innovation campus outside Germany to develop disruptive automotive technologies with Indian Startups such as Noumenon Multiphysics. Prospects for collaboration with Germany go beyond that - with the non-monetary German Indian Startup Exchange Program, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) strives to strengthen and foster exchange between India and Germany in the startup space and support Indian and German startups in their efforts to gain access to the respective other market. As such, this open panel discussion with all participants aims to explore new horizons with India as a thriving hub for the transfer of R&D and technology innovation.

Tentative Agenda (CEST):

10:30 - 10:40: Welcome and Introduction of MBRDI 

10:40 - 10:50: Interview with Noumenon Multiphysics

10:50 - 11:00: Insights on Indo-German startup activities and Toolkit for Businesses in India by     GINSEP 

11:00 - 11:05: Plug and Play outlook on India

11:05 - 11:25: Panel Discussion with Plug and Play Germany GmbH, Daimler, MBRDI, Noumenon and GINSEP and audience Q&A

11:25 - 11:30: Closing and exchange of contact details

EXPO 8 Rearview & Sascha Karimpour

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