THE Q CHEM WORKSHOP 2019: Where entrepreneurship meets innovation

„Bringing entrepreneurs and the chemical industry closer together“ – After last year’s amazing feedback, Q Chem entered its second round in Mannheim!

The chemical industry being the third biggest in Germany offers huge potential for entrepreneurs to foster innovation and generate new business models. Striving for the exploitation of this potential, the concept of the Q Chem workshop is unique in Germany. In cooperation with the Q Summit, promising chemistry startups such as DexLeChemWeltenmacher, and Fairwindel, and reputable corporates such as LANXESSBASF, and Digital Hub Mannheim/ Ludwigshafen, we hosted a half day interactive workshop including keynote speeches, discussions and pitches on April 26, 2019 in Mannheim.

Event initiator Sonja Jost (Vice Chairwoman of the German Startups Association & CEO DexLeChem GmbH) has guided through the workshop with inspirational lectures as well as hands-on support by the creation of new business models.

Q Chem Workshop Mannheim
Q Chem Workshop Mannheim

It is time to bring entrepreneurship and the chemical industry closer together

Based on the Q Chem Workshop 2018 results as well as the results of the Chemistry Goes Digital event in November 2018, we further work on so far untapped business ideas for the chemical industry. During the Chemistry Goes Digital event, more than 50 experts from chemistry and tech startups, established chemical companies, and universities as well as other experts came together to work closely side by side in order to identify challenges and business potential. It was the first time in history of the chemical industry, that we have created an inventory of the chemical industry when it comes to digitalization. (Get a small teaser of the Chemistry Goes Digital 2018 report here.*)

The substantial focus of Q Chem 2019 layed on these issues of digitalization of the chemical industry and the identification of its new and disruptive business potential. Furthermore, the event is also based on the Chemistry Goes Digital concept, which has long been developed and tested with experts.

Where entrepreneurship meets innovation

Together with more than 40 young scientists, PhDs, business students and motivated students with a background in chemistry, biology, engineering, IT or economics, as well as entrepreneurs and industry experts, we aim for the creation of new business models for the third biggest industry in Germany. The moderators Sonja Jost (CEO DexLeChem), Dominic Franck (CEO Fairwindel), Jonathan Natzel (CEO Weltenmacher), Nina Fechler (Charité Berlin), Noah Yao (TU Berlin), and Marie Westphal (German Startups Association) as well as the industry experts of LANXESS, BASF, Digital Hub Mannheim/ Ludwigshafen, HTGF, MCEI, and many more provided all participants hands-on support during the whole workshop.

Thank you to all participants, we hope you had a great time. Thanks to our kind partners and sponsors LANXESSBASF and Digital Hub Mannheim/ Ludwigshafen as well as our cooperation partner Q Summit for their amazing support.

* The whole summary report on workshop results can be purchased by the German Startups Association. Contact to

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