The fifth Entrepreneurship Roundtable entitled "Shaping the Future of Mobility: How will the Future of Mobility look like?" took place on December 7 at the WHU Campus Düsseldorf.
In his welcoming speech, Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU, emphasized the great importance of the topic of entrepreneurship for WHU, in which the future of mobility also plays a decisive role. Professor Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, then spoke from his perspective about the future of mobility. He personally is a great supporter of e-cars, but also believes in other technologies, such as fuel cells. Autonomous driving can - especially for the younger generations, who are no longer so passionate about their cars and driving themselves - bring a better quality of life in which you no longer have to be your own chauffeur. However, autonomous driving also raises many ethical and legal questions that still need to be clarified as framework conditions for future mobility. Pinkwart compared the current technological changes with the period between 1900 and 1910 when horse-drawn carriages were quickly replaced by the first cars in the street scene and concluded his speech with the words "We are now in between of a fundamental change."
Karl Obermair, Program Director Future Mobility at TÜV Rheinland, then presented five theses on the subject of "Future of Mobility and Autonomous Driving." Among other things, he reported from his decades of experience in the industry that he was very sure that nobody could predict the future of mobility, as we could not assume linear trend lines. Dr. Stefan Niemand, Director Electrification at AUDI, Gregor Grandl, Senior Partner at Porsche Consulting and Dr. Kathrin Risom, Product Development & Marketing at SIXT, among others, provided further insights into the future possibilities of mobility in keynote speeches.
The Entrepreneurship Roundtable is an initiative of MBA students at WHU to serve as a platform to discuss business ideas, practice pitching, and receive expert advice on start-up and entrepreneurship topics. The student club also organizes events to build a network and exchange information between VCs, CVCs, founders, legal experts, and business professionals.