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WASTE NOT, WANT NOT
Milena Glimbovski was named Berlin’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year for her “Original Unverpackt” supermarket
 
We’ve all been there. After a trip to the supermarket on Saturday, you come home with a week’s worth of groceries and prepare a delicious evening meal for the whole family. However, in addition to empty plates and full bellies, what’s left is a heap of packaging that includes the net the potatoes were in, the plastic wrap that covered the cucumber, the bag that held the walnuts, etc. One sight of all this waste is enough to satiate your conscience with guilt. Milena Glimbovski is all too familiar with this. She’s also aware of the associated consequences, such as polluted oceans, overflowing landfills and studies that show how plastic makes us ill. When she was a student in her early 20s, her friend cooked her a meal one evening, and after they had finished eating, Milena once again become irritated by the resulting garbage bag full of plastic. That night, the two friends came up with the idea to open a supermarket that didn’t use any packaging. They envisaged how they would offer people nuts, rice and gummy bears in large containers. Their customers would bring jam jars and cloth bags and fill them with the exact amount of food they needed from the dispensers. Today, Milena is 28 years old and her idea has become a reality. In 2014, she opened the first supermarket in Berlin to go entirely without non-reusable packaging.
 
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Berlin's Economy
#1 Record low unemployment
According to the Berlin-Brandenburg Regional Directorate of the Federal Employment Agency, the unemployment rate in Berlin in October 2018 was 7.7%. At roughly 149,253, the number of Berliners without a job fell below the 150,000 mark for the first time in decades. The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, welcomed the most recent labor market figures: “At no time since German reunification has unemployment in Berlin been as low as in October 2018. It’s a tremendous success for everyone who lives and works in the city. We also have the strongest population growth of all federal states in Germany. This proves that Berlin is continuing to make the most out of its favorable economic conditions, especially thanks to the Senate’s effective economic and labor market policies.”
 
#2 Siemens to invest € 600 million
Siemens AG has sent out a strong signal in favor of Germany as an industrial location and Berlin as a capital of innovation. With an investment of over €600 million, the company is set to work together with local and state administrators to develop a new city district in Siemensstadt, a historical site that continues to embody urban modernity by linking working, living and recreational spaces. The project will generate synergies through the interplay of science and business, all of which will be leveraged in specific fields of innovation and technology that are key to Siemens and Berlin. These joint efforts will strengthen Berlin’s status as an industrial location and also foster it along its path to becoming a Smart City.
 
#3 Equality wins award
Berlin’s “Gleichstellung gewinnt” (Equality wins) campaign now boasts even more high-level support. Senator Dilek Kolat recently joined with Charité CEO Karl Max Einhäupl to sign the “Gleichstellung gewinnt” charter, which seeks to foster a new corporate culture in Berlin. The Charité university hospital is a major employer in Berlin and already known for its commitment to gender equality. Initiatives include offers designed to facilitate the compatibility of work and family, the targeted promotion of young female scientists and the issue of sexual harassment prevention in the workplace. The Charité is clearly committed to a corporate culture of equality between women and men – in line with the “Gleichstellung gewinnt” campaign.
 
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Industry information
#1 AI IN BERLIN-BRANDENBURG
In recent years Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made amazing progress and has now become a key economic factor in digitization. AI systems have great potential to support or prepare decisions in such a way that in-house processes can become effective and efficient. The societal discussion on the use of AI requires a factual empirical analysis. The Technologiestiftung Berlin (Berlin Technology Foundation) has published an inventory of the activities of science and industry in the region - www.technologiestiftung-berlin.de/de/ki/.
 
#2 INDUSTRY CITY BERLIN
The Senate of Berlin adopted the Industrial City Berlin 2018-2021 Master Plan. Now the partners from administration, chambers, federations, trade unions, and others are starting the implementation of jointly developed measures to strengthen Berlin as an industrial location. Central themes include technology transfer, digitization, securing skilled workers and space, and marketing. More information at: www.berlin.de/industriestadt/industriepolitik/. The master plan is now available in printed form.On September 4, 2018, the Senate of Berlin adopted the Industrial City Berlin 2018-2021 Master Plan. Now the partners from administration, chambers, federations, trade unions, and others are starting the implementation of jointly developed measures to strengthen Berlin as an industrial location. Central themes include technology transfer, digitization, securing skilled workers and space, and marketing. More information at: www.berlin.de/industriestadt/industriepolitik/. The master plan is now available in printed form.
 
Berlin-Partner
#1 Women’s network evening at BMW motorcycle plant
The BMW Group Werk Berlin regularly holds the “Ladies Night,” a networking evening for female executives from Berlin’s economy, society, and politics. Together with Berlin Partner, the event series takes place annually and most recently focused on the theme of “courage.” A unique evening to have discussions from a professional and social point of view, to share personal experiences, and to get contacts in an exclusive group.
 
#2 Focus on female talent at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank specifically supports female executives. The fact that all trainees are currently female in Berlin is a coincidence, explains Gabriele Hahnemann. The Corporate Client Market Area Manager is involved as a mentor. Meliha Bicici is a part of the group of young talent. She started as a trainee after studying business administration and heads up the SME business. Jana Sbeit is also a university graduate. The mother of three children came to Germany from Lebanon eight years ago and started as a trainee in the summer.
 
#3 Business succession “from woman to woman”
Long before “co-working” was on everyone’s lips, Elisabeth Klapetz pioneered one of the first business centers in Berlin. After 33 years, in April 2018, the company handed over to Andrea Klockenhoff, who had already assumed responsibility as co-manager: a friendly transfer from woman to woman. Elisabeth Klapetz, who will continue to support the Zieher Business Centers in an advisory capacity, is convinced that women are more competitive, more communicative, and more willing to compromise.
 
Did you know …
…how WeiberWirtschaft supports women in business? Since 1996, the WeiberWirtschaft cooperative has rented around 65 commercial and 13 apartment units on 7,100 square meters of floor space to female managers of companies, self-employed persons, and freelancers.
 
…that female founders prioritize profitability, male founders prioritize business growth? Read 10 facts about female entrepreneurs in Germany.
 
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Berlin to do
69TH VBKI BUSINESS BALL
At Berlin’s largest annual ball, roughly 3,000 guests are invited to enjoy a glittering night in an extraordinary atmosphere. On a space of roughly 3,000 square meters, guests are offered a wide variety of culinary delights and a lively program schedule in the festive ballroom, the modern pavilion and the colorful strolling area.
 
Where, when? 23 February, Hotel InterContinental
 
More: www.vbki.de
 
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