BMW-Welt Future Forum: Open Innovation
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Innovation is the core of a successful company. Only by a constant striving for improvement, it can profit in the long term. Every employee and every stakeholder can contribute to this success with their ideas.

But innovative skills do not only grow within the enterprise: In the global and networked world in which we live today, many creative trailblazers, who break conventions and rethink processes. The challenge for companies is to capture these ideas and combine them with the experience of their operations.

In this event, we will give these creative and innovative forces a voice. We will present three start-ups from the fields of sustainability, mobility, and urbanization and discuss how the new ideas of these companies can have a lasting impact on developments at BMW.

If you want to get to know more about Open Innovation, watch the recording of the whole event here.


BMW Welt Nikolaus Röttger

Nikolaus Röttger is considered one of the leading technology journalists and future experts in Germany. He was editor-in-chief of the technology magazine WIRED Germany; of, the most important start-up magazine in Germany; and of the business lifestyle magazine Business Punk.

Nikolaus is convinced: If you want to invent the future and make the world a better place, you need to tell better stories. He works on this every day: as author, moderator and keynote speaker as well as founder and Managing Partner of FutureStory, a future think tank and editorial driven communication consultancy. He also regularly publishes the a newsletter about the most important developments and innovations in the field of artificial intelligence.

BMW WElt Eitan Grosbard

Eitan is a global expert in business and corporate development, M&A lifecycle management, and strategic planning. His experience spans diverse industries and geographies, including a tenure at Gett’ (previously GetTaxi) where he managed the company’s mergers and acquisitions alongside post-merger integration, while leading the company’s business development initiatives and partnerships in the autonomous vehicles ecosystem. Eitan was also the founder and manager of two strategic planning consultancies for over a decade.

Eitan holds an Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University, majoring in Strategy and Finance, an MA in Public Administration from Bar-Ilan University, and a BA in Human Resources Management from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. 

He co-authored the book ‘Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions’ (Wiley Finance).

BMW Welt Alex Khammari

Alex is the Director of Growth at RoadBotics, where he is responsible for enabling customers to get the most value from its products through effective implementation, training, and ongoing engagement. Alex holds an M.S in Information System Management from Carnegie Mellon, where he explored synergies between emerging technologies and existing businesses, and studied the societal impact of self-driving vehicles. Alex is passionate about the many challenges infrastructure presents, and the positive impact emerging technologies can have on the lives of billions of citizens worldwide.

BMW Welt Micah Kotch

Micah Kotch serves as the Managing Director of URBAN-X by MINI and Urban Us. URBAN-X  is the accelerator for startups reimagining city life.

Before joining URBAN-X, Micah served as the Director of NY Prize and Strategic Advisor for Innovation at NYSERDA.  At the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Micah served as Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he launched NYC’s first sponsored tech incubator and the Urban Future Lab - helping emerging companies address climate, energy and resiliency opportunities. Micah has a track record of delivering results for utilities, government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions and startups.  He is a core national faculty member for the National Science Foundation’s i-CORPS program which focuses on commercializing federally-funded research.  

Micah graduated Colgate University with a degree in Chinese and started his first company putting games on phones in China in 1998.  He is a Brooklyn native (where he lives with his family) and a proud board member for Green City Force, an Americorps program that engages young adults from low-income communities in national service related to the environment.  He is a Next City Vanguard Fellow and a member of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network.

BMW Welt Ryan Morris

Ryan Morris is an entrepreneur and investor with over 12 years of experience building companies. As Executive Chairman of Turntide Technologies since October 2017 and CEO since July 2020, he is helping drive Turntide's mission of replacing all the world’s electric motors with optimal efficiency motor systems. Ryan founded Meson Capital Partners LLC, an investment firm in Feb 2009. Meson Capital applies exponential technologies to established businesses to transform them into leaders in their domains. Ryan has served as Chairman of 3 publicly traded companies including most recently Sevcon, Inc. which was a world leader in power electronics for high performance electric vehicles. Sevcon was sold to BorgWarner in September 2017. Ryan also co-founded Belichka in 2019 with his wife to create plant-based keto snacks to drive sustainable healthy energy.

In July 2008, after finishing his B.S. and M.Eng. from Cornell University in Operations Research & Information Engineering, Ryan was Co-Founder and CEO of VideoNote LLC, a software company dedicated to capturing and indexing the videos of college lectures.

Ryan is passionate about using technology and software to solve hard problems. He was formerly a champion rower and road cyclist so is particularly passionate about ending the use of fossil fuels in an economically rational way. 

BMW Welt Sohaila Ouffata

Sohaila invests in cutting-edge solutions focusing on BMW’s current and future business in the technology and customer & service space. In addition to the investment activities, Sohaila works closely with BMW i Ventures’ portfolio companies. In her role as the Director of Platform, Sohaila develops and implements strategic growth initiatives and provides operational support to these companies.

BMW Welt Bernhard Schambeck

Bernhard Schambeck is Head of the BMW Startup Garage, the Venture Client unit of the BMW Group. The BMW Startup Garage helps early-stage startups to succeed in this multi-trillion-dollar industry. Bernhard has successfully worked with numerous early-stage startups throughout his professional career – some of which are now leaders in their industry or even among the world’s biggest companies. His 20+ years in the automotive industry as well as his experience in working with startups and as a founder of his own company allow him to understand both sides: the corporate and startup worlds. Bernhard joined BMW in 1996 and has since worked in several positions, including as: Project Lead Electric/Electronic and Interior for the BMW X1  Head of HMI (Human Machine Interface) Team for the new MINI product line Senior Technology Engineer at the BMW Tech Office/Palo Alto USA  Series Development Engineer Interior Component He holds a degree in Precision Engineering and Microsystems from the University of Applied Science in Munich.