Plug and Play to Showcase Open Innovation at EXPLORE 2024 in Hamburg

Plug and Play will bring together startups, thought leaders, and industry pioneers to dive deep into the future of open innovation at the upcoming EXPLORE 2024 on October 5, 2023 in Hamburg. With an emphasis on Corporate Venture Capital, Open Innovation Culture, and Startup-Corporate collaboration, the event promises insightful discussions, engaging presentations, and transformative ideas for organizations seeking to thrive in the ever-evolving business landscape. At EXPLORE 2024, three startups will be honored with the Future Hamburg Award.

Located in Hamburg, Europe’s third-largest seaport and one of the most important global trading hubs, Plug and Play has been partnering with DSV, EWE, Hamburg Invest, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, COWI, and Volvo Cars to boost the corporate-startup collaboration in Germany and the Nordic region, driving innovation in Supply Chain, Logistics, Retail, Sustainability, Smart Cities, and beyond.

On October 5th, 2023 Plug and Play will hold their flagship event — EXPLORE 2024, inspired by the motto “Deep Dive into the Future”, which will gather over 200 guests at The Factory Hammerbrooklyn in Hamburg. The event’s agenda, focused on leveraging Open Innovation, Corporate-Startup Collaboration, and Corporate Venture Capital, has been carefully curated to address the most pressing challenges of the industry.

At EXPLORE 2024, the winners of the Future Hamburg Award will be announced. The competition initiated by the City of Hamburg and launched jointly by Hamburg Marketing GmbH and Plug and Play Tech Center honors startups with a sustainable business model in logistics, greentech and mobility that have a positive impact on the future city. The first-place winner will be invited to a one-month international accelerator program at the headquarters of Plug and Play in Silicon Valley. 

The lineup features distinguished speakers who are at the forefront of innovation and industry disruption: Jason Chue, U.S. Consul General to Northern Germany; Peter Matthiesen, Senior Director, Head Group Innovation & Truck Technology at DSV A/S; Charlotte Søgaard, Senior Director Innovation and Sustainability at COWI; Dr. Christian Knörle, Head of Company Building at Porsche Digital / FWRD31; Uljan Sharka, CEO at iGenius; Thorsten Heilig, CEO at Paretos; Sophia Rödiger, CMO at 1KOMMA5°; Sallar Faridi, Senior Director at Plug and Play EMEA; Carolin Wais, Partner at Plug and Play Ventures; Thomas Bigagli, Partner at Plug and Play Ventures.

The selected startups, such as iGenius, Paretos,CargoKite, Filics, Neology, Hylane, and many more will pitch their ideas and showcase their projects at the Startup Tech Fair. 

Monika Sieg, Senior Partnerships Manager at Plug and Play Hamburg:

“We are thrilled to introduce EXPLORE 2024, an event that transcends boundaries and brings together diverse perspectives to catalyze innovation. This event embodies our commitment to fostering collaboration, sparking new ideas, and propelling the business world towards a future defined by innovation.”


13:00–14:00 Startup Tech Fair

14:00–14:15 Opening Remarks

14:15–15:30 Open Innovation Keynote Series

15:30–15:45 Future Hamburg Award Ceremony initiated by the City of Hamburg

15:45–16:30 Networking Break

16:30–17:30 Future of Energy Keynote Series

17:30 onwards Closing Remarks and Networking

Location: The Factory Hammerbrooklyn, Hamburg, known for its vibrant ecosystem and commitment to fostering creativity, provides an ideal backdrop for the EXPLORE 2024 event. Its dynamic environment perfectly aligns with the event’s mission to inspire, connect, and drive transformative change. 

See the full agenda and list of speakers on the website: 

Places for EXPLORE 2024 are limited. You need to apply to get a ticket: 

Source: STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play


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