Dr. Stefan Franzke


Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH


Partnership opportunities

Reasons for joining the program:
Exchange of experience and knowledge transfer in topics such as economic development, research and development, entrepreneurship, business creation and development, technology transfer. Learn about programs connecting companies, investors and scientific institutions 

exchange of experience and knowledge transfer in Berlin’s innovative growth sectors and future fields (Healthcare Industries, ICT/Media/Creative Industry. Transport/Mobility/Logistics, Energy Technologies and Photonics.

– Connections with Berlin innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem collaboration programs for research and development in Berlin, companies’ soft-landing services in Berlin

– Experience with our unique business model public-private partnership (https://www.berlin-partner.de/en/about-us/leading-the-way/)

Start Alliance (http://www.startalliance.net/about) experience in building up a new type of city partnership designed to accelerate entry into new markets for international startups,

experience in a systematic innovation policy as part of the joint innovation strategy of the states Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB), we support and encourage the sectors Healthcare Industries, ICT/Media/Creative Industries, Transport/Mobility/Logistics, Energy -Technologies and Photonics to develop further as regional clusters in order to position the German capital region as a leading international business and technology location.

contact to 230 business and science partners (https://www.berlin-partner.de/en/capital-city-marketing/berlin-partner-network/)”

Main areas of work:

Nicole Griensewic

Executive Director

Region Nine Development Commission in Minnesota


Griensewic has served as Executive Director of Region Nine Development Commission since 2012. As executive director, Griensewic has made it a priority to foster collaboration and engagement by sharing Region Nine’s story both regionally and globally. Griensewic is an active board and committee member for multiple organizations throughout Minnesota. Griensewic is the immediate past President of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, and is the first female to chair the Executive Committee for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies, where she served as chair of the Governance Committee. Griensewic also served as secretary of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota’s Governing Board of Directors and chaired the Governance Committee and currently serves as an advisory board member for South Central College’s Center for Agriculture. She serves on the executive committee for the MACS Board, Minnesotans for the American Community Survey Board of Directors and represents the Midwest on the National Assoc. of Development Orgs.’s (NADO) Board of Directors.

Griensewic is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has completed course work through Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Executive Education. She received the 2017 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Her professional background includes extensive private sector and non-profit leadership experience.