Meet our German Companies

To facilitate new business partnerships, GACC Midwest brought 6 companies with innovative technologies “Made in Germany” to the Metro Denver and Metro Chicago area from June 4-8, 2018.

Smart Cities and Sustainable Transportation Systems Business Conference

GACC Midwest hosted a Transatlantic Business Conference on “Smart Cities and Sustainable Transportation Systems” in Denver, CO on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Both Germany and the greater Denver region are emerging hubs for technologies to help optimize the sustainability of intermodal urban transportation systems. 

Panel discussions and presentations from our German and local experts covered the following topics:

  • ‘Green’ technologies for vehicle traffic and public transit
  • Leveraging Smart City data platforms for sustainable intermodal transportation networks
  • Planning approaches for sustainable transportation systems and ensuring societal ‘buy-in’
  • Emerging business and financing models for companies in the sector 

Venue, Date & Registration

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
8am - 3:00pm

CU Denver 
2nd Floor Terrace Room 
1380 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80204



Registration, Breakfast & Networking


Welcome and Introduction

  • Natalia Wobst, Executive Director, German American Chamber of Commerce - Colorado Chapter
  • Justin Flaxbart, Senior Manager, Recruiting and Consulting Services, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. 



Planning and Implementing Holistic Sustainable Urban Transportation Networks- A Tale of Two Cities (Dortmund, Germany and Denver, CO) 


German Company Presentations Part I 


Coffee Break & Networking



Panel Discussions and Q&A

  • Dr. Jan Fritz Rettberg, Head of Innovation Management, ie³ Institute of Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics, TU Dortmund University
  • Tyler Svitak, Connected and Autonomous Technology Program, Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Mike Salisbury, Transportation Energy Lead, City and County of Denver


German Company Presentations Part 2 


Lunch & Networking


Evolving Business Models for Nascent Transportation Technologies



Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Vipul Toprani, Innovation Center for Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ)
  • Gregory Johnson, Partner (Public-Private Partnership specialist), Squire Patton Boggs LLP
  • Maria Eisemann, Transportation Policy Analyst, Colorado Energy Office


Closing Remarks and Final Networking

The Smart City and Sustainable Transportation Systems Business Conference and Trade Mission was supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the “Energy Solutions – Made in Germany” Initiative.



Justin Flaxbart

Senior Manager, Recruiting & Consulting Services


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