| Venture capital
| Business angels
| Start-up dynamism
| foundation activities
| High-tech foundations
| ZEW Lunch Debates
Private individuals rich in experience and funds are some of the most important investors for start-ups and young businesses in the area of research and innovation in Europe. Also known as “business angels”, these private investors are often active outside of the remit of government funding and are largely invisible to the general public. How significant are business angels and their investments for European venture capital markets? What challenges do they pose for lawmakers and how can Europe as an investment location benefit from the activities of business angels even more than it does already? These are some of the questions addressed by a recent study which the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, has been involved in. The study also forms the basis of the upcoming ZEW Lunch Debate taking place on 22 November 2017 at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union in Brussels.
What is virtual reality, what challenges does it pose for society, and how can small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make the most of this new technology? These are just some of the questions that were discussed by experts from the worlds of business and research in front of an audience of around 90 guests invited to ZEW in Mannheim on 15 November 2017. This was the second ever Tech Talk organised by the Volksbank Weinheim and mittelstand-rhein-neckar.de. The topic of this year’s event was “Virtual Reality – Trends and Practical Solutions for SMEs”.
| Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI)
| Data protection
| Big data
On 6 and 7 November 2017, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim hosted the seventh MaCCI Law and Economics Conference on Big Data. The roughly 65 participants from academia, governmental organizations, and private companies discussed recent developments relating to big data and other topics in the field of law and economics.
On 13.11.2017, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) received a visit from a Chinese delegation of high-ranking representatives from academia, politics and business. The group, made up of representatives from a number of different Chinese regions, is visiting Mannheim as part of the city-to-city cooperation set up by the EU Commission under the „International Urban Cooperation“ (IUC) programme. Mannheim is currently the only German city participating in the International Urban Cooperation and has been paired with the Chinese city of Chongqing. During their visit at ZEW, the group gained insights into, among other things, innovative research in small and medium-sized enterprises and research funding.
| Climate protection
| UN Climate Conference
How can we raise awareness among private households about saving energy at home? What is the key to running a successful energy saving campaign? And how can the impact of such a campaign on actual energy usage be scientifically assessed? These are some of the questions addressed by ZEW environmental economists in presenting their latest research findings at the side event “Energy Savings in Housing” held alongside the official negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn.