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Team Open Innovation City

Science and practical application work hand in hand. The latest scientific discoveries form the basis for the practical implementation of the first Open Innovation City. The innovative projects which are implemented are supported by science and made available to the general public as a pilot model.

The team is a reflection of the project approach and is made up of scientists, start-ups and established businesses. Together with many additional partners, the innovation potential of the regional players from all parts of society is activated. An Open Innovation City needs innovative co-designers: smart citizens!



Henning Duderstadt
Head of Open Innovation Office
+49 171 1266914




Sebastian Fischer
Events & Formats
+49 152 57252390




Pia Schwalbe
Communication & International Partnerships
+49 176 30428064




Kevin Pamann
Events & Formats, Innovation Office




Charlotte Sandoval
+49 521 96656149


The Future of Open Innovation Cities …

is an Open Innovation Culture!

The Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (University of Applied Sciences for SMEs), Founders Foundation, owl maschinenbau and the Pioneers Club have brought the Open Innovation City in Bielefeld to life. The four organisations see themselves as initiators. Open Innovation City will in future involve a broad network of collaborators.

Dominik Gross

Chief Financial Officer, Co-Founder
Founders Foundation

An innovative city needs innovative residents. Participation in technological innovations is important, as is having the courage to actively shape them.

Almut Rademacher

owl maschinenbau

Working together to be innovative is what motivates us. The Hidden Champions of the region have been reinventing themselves for decades now.

Ingo Ballschmieter

Dean of the Faculty of Economics
Fachhochschule des Mittelstandes (FHM)

Open Innovation is fundamental to shaping our social and economic future.

Britta Herbst

Pioneers Club

Achieving progress together, gathering experiences and staying competitive: Open Innovation is fundamental to shaping our social and economic future.