For this series of events, NIT invites entrepreneurs and managers from small and medium-sized enterprises to speak about challenges such as industry 4.0, 3D printing, and IT security. Ideas are provided by speakers from science, industry and politics. This networking meeting requires companies and their managers to stay focused on the big picture when facing disruptive changes in order to recognize and seize opportunities. The aim is an inspiring dialogue on thuses key point presentations and best practices to present concepts for success. The Hamburg Business Dialogue takes place once every quarter and is supported by Hamburg Wasser. 


  • Work 4.0 - Humans or Machines? (January 26, 2017)
  • Hamburg – Capital of Digitization? (April 27, 2017)
  • Digital Leadership – Chances, Visions and Everyday Life (September 28, 2017)
  • E-Commerce, Sharing and Co. – Making Smart Use of New Business Models
  • What Can SME Entrepreneurs Learn From Start-ups?  


NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management presented the first Hamburg Economic Dialog on January 26, 2017 at 6.00 pm. Entrepreneurs and managers from Hamburg's SME sector came together at NIT to jointly discuss the challenges of digitization. The theme of the first event was: Work 4.0 - Humans or Machines? Two short impulse speeches by NIT CEO Verena Fritzsche and by Kristina Lohse-Thiele, Head of Customers and Process Development at Hamburg Wasser, was followed by an open panel discussion with representatives of business, science, politics and start-ups. On the panel: Verena Fritzsche (CEO NIT), Kristina Lohse-Thiele, Carmen Möller (Grüne Fraktion Hamburg-Nord), Tobias Hagenau (Startup HQ Labs). The evening will be moderated by Sven Enger, digital expert and initiator of the Digital Think Tank at NIT. Participation by registration only, until January 20, 2017.


Topic: Digitization Capital Hamburg – Opportunity or burden?

“Digitization Capital Hamburg – Opportunity or Liability?” is the subject of the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management’s Second Hamburg Economic Dialog. Where do we stand on the climate of innovation? What can be done politically to promote it? How is society to develop if work is to be considered differently? SMB entrepreneurs and executives from Hamburg will discuss these topics with startups and politicians. Christian Günner, head of customer service and systems development at Hamburg Wasser, will reveal in a keynote speech what potential a big infrastructure supplayer offer a digital city. Daniel Rebhorn, managing partner of e-commerce service provider diconium Group, looks at Hamburg’s potential from further afield. Moderator of the dialog is Sven Enger, a digital expert and head of the NIT’s Digital Think Tank.

SECOND HAMBURG ECONOMIC DIALOG: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6 p.m., warm-up: 5.30 p.m. (CEST), Frank & Pape Buchhandel und Café, Hoheluftchaussee 51, Hamburg