H.E Dr Anna Prinz

Ambassador of the Federal
Republic of Germany

The David meets Goliath series is an exceptional new enterprise. The German government strongly supports collaborative start-up initiatives as they help intensify and expand the bilateral cooperation in research, industry and innovation between Germany and Australia. As a result, and as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Australian Government, in conjunction with the German Government, have established a ‘Landing Pad’ for Australian start-ups in Berlin. This establishment will promote international cooperation with and between companies, start-ups, investors and research organisations, worldwide.

Our goal today, with the help of established corporations is to offer start-ups better market access, optimise business processes and improve product rollout. In return, these established corporations gain access to innovative ideas, modern creative solutions as well as innovative management methods and business intelligence.


Hon Leanne Enoch MP

Member for Algester &
Minister for Science,
Innovation & the Digital
Economy, Minister for
Small Business

Our world is changing at an increasingly rapid rate, and the imperative to invent, improve and collaborate has never been greater. This is why we need to target our focus on shaping innovation and cultivating entrepreneurship – our future prosperity depends on it.

From day one, innovation has been at the heart of our government’s vision for the future. The David meets Goliath series are an extension of that vision and also highlight that our innovation ecosystem is made stronger when we work together.


Prof. Michael Rosemann

Honorary Consul of the
Federal Republic of
Germany, Brisbane

Access to start-ups might become as much a competitive advantage for large corporations as access to corporate assets becomes the much-needed fuel to transform a start-up into a scale-up.

With the David meet Goliath series, we intend to create a public forum for the creative and create proactive exchange for ‘Davids’ and ‘Goliaths’ to best combine their asset bases for mutual benefits. Partnerships between large and emerging organisations are the essential accelerators that help us go beyond the single minded competitive viewpoint of ‘butchers and turkeys’.


Kristian Wolf

Executive Director
Chamber of Industry
and Commerce

Innovation and start-ups have quickly risen to the top of board agendas around the globe as companies of every size have had to deal with unprecedented changes to their industries.

While start-ups are nothing new per se, their ability to disrupt highly established industries with impossible barriers, has only emerged in a relatively short span of years. Start-ups have quickly evolved from a side show to the main stage as established businesses are looking for ways to switch sides from being the disrupted to becoming disrupters.

The Organisers