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Illinois Business Luncheon – How to Innovate with Partners: Strategies, Insights and Best Practices

September 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn and connect with our members on topics aimed at growing your German-American business network at our next Illinois Business Luncheon.

Illinois Business Luncheon Series

How to Innovate with Partners: Strategies, Insights and Best Practices

Is your company also on a vibrant digital transformation journey? Today’s corporations are facing many challenges in digital innovation and have to adapt their innovation approaches from incremental innovation to more adjacent and completely new business model innovation. While corporations explore new approaches to innovation, partner and coinnovation are becoming more relevant and critical.

Learn from Sue Nicole Susenburger about the ins and outs of co-innovation, setting corporate outside-in innovation strategies and best practices on corporate and startup collaborations. Sue is the Head of Innovation Programming for the Chicago Connectory, as well as is serving as Innovation Strategy Manager for Bosch.


11:30am Networking
12:00pm Lunch & Presentation
12:45pm Q&A


Sue Nicole Susenburger is an Innovation Strategy and Communication manager for the central unit IoT and Digital Innovation for Bosch in North America. Her mission is to connect Bosch through co-innovation with partners such as startups, corporations, universities and other organizations. For the Bosch business sectors, she facilitates co-innovation programs, which become catalysts for digital transformation.

About two years ago she transitioned back to the U.S. from her previous role as IT Innovation manager for the EMEA region, at Robert Bosch GmbH. Since joining Bosch in 2015, Sue has established a global intrapreneurship program, “AdVenture,” and co-created international co-innovation spaces called “The Connectory.” One key aspect of the Connectory spaces are the partnership with local entrepreneurial centers, e.g., the partnership with the U.S.’s largest incubator, 1871 in Chicago, and the Connectory. Sue is always seeking new avenues to partner with startups. At the base of her work is the strategic approach to innovation of Inside-Out/Outside-In.

She is passionate about bridging the two worlds of corporate and startup. Sue brings a diverse set of cultural expertise from various change projects, her previous agency and consultancy time. As an entrepreneur and dedicated community builder, she has been part of Startup Weekend, for many years, and has acted as mentor and Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for Techstars. Sue holds a master’s in public relations and advertising, with a focus in marketing and entrepreneurship.

For more information about Bosch, please visit www.boschusa.com. Robert Bosch LLC is a subsidiary of the Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services. The Bosch Group has four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.

About the Business Luncheon Series

Our monthly Illinois Business Luncheon Series is designed for the German-American business community in Illinois and the greater Midwest, and generously supported by our Illinois Business Luncheon Sponsor, PKF Mueller. At each Business Luncheon, you can learn from leading experts and connect directly with peers on topics that matter most to your business. Check out our Past Business Luncheons to learn more about the series and our previous speakers & topics.

About GACC Midwest

GACC Midwest provides German companies with market entry supportbusiness development and a large professional German-American member network in the US. We are your reliable partner to foster connections between German and US businesses and to support growth among key industries such as manufacturing, automotive, energy, medical, F&B and beyond.

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September 1
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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