Startup Breakfast at German American Conference 2015

How German and American startups can act as role models for startups in emerging countries

On the occasion of the German American Conference 2015 at Harvard the Westerwelle Foundation organized a Startup Breakfast at the Harvard Kennedy School, November 1st. 40 participants from business, science and the media discussed how German and American Startups can act as role models for startups in emerging countries. Dr. Dr. Alexander Görlach, founder and publisher of the debate magazine The European and North America Coordinator for the German Startup Association, and Jeffrey French, Managing Director of The DO School New York, gave some opening remarks.

The participants intensively discussed about the political and economic conditions for entrepreneurs in emerging countries and about the legal certainty for foreign investors. The group generally agreed on the positive impact of entrepreneurship and economic development on the political and democratic stability of states, and that more and stronger initiatives from governments but also from civil society are needed to empower individual entrepreneurship.