Lake Constance Innovation Cluster Digital Change (BIC)


Upcoming Events

05. July 2024
Innovationcircle Digital Leadership and Knowledge Management (online)
19. July 2024
Annual Conference 2024 „Innovation Day“ (SeeCampus Zeppelin University)

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Many thanks to all participants, speakers, panel guests and workshop leaders of the last anniversary conference of the Bodensee Innovation Cluster!

It was a great day with great guests and lots of opportunities for exchange, networking and exciting keynotes on "Shaping the Future in the Age of AI" by Jasvin Bhasin, Founder & Director of bridge.the.NEXT( ), Dr. Thomas Fischer, Director of BIEC - Business Innovation Engineering Center and Founder and Strategic Corporate Advisors Maks Giordano.

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A special highlight was the panel discussion on the Future of Work, where Arife Baltaci, Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO) at Zeppelin Group, Bernd Schmid, Programme Manager Sustainable Change and Transformation at Airbus Defence and Space, Dr. Michael Wolff, HR Project Manager at ZF Group and Prof. Dr. Josef Wieland, Director of the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ and Chair of Institutional Economics, Organisational Governance, Integrity Management & Transcultural Leadership, shared their views and insights on the changes in the world of work. Overall, the panel discussion was an enriching experience that got us all thinking about the future of the world of work. 

The interactive workshops on ChatGPT, newwork and "Corporate Startup Matchmaking vs. Nearshoring" by Tobias Oberrauch, Head of KI-Landesverband Baden-Württemberg, Nick Traenkle, New Work Coach and Founder of tenkile, Dr. Sabine Wiesmüller, Director Europe AI Competence Center German Entrepreneurship and Anton Steurer, Board Member Plattform V, met with great interest. We would like to thank all workshop leaders and participants for their exciting contributions and active participation in lively discussions.

Another aim of the conference was to provide all participants with unparalleled networking opportunities. We are delighted with the fantastic contacts made during the event. It was inspiring to see academic and business professionals from diverse backgrounds come together to share ideas, knowledge and experiences.

What does the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster do?

The idea behind founding the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster Digital Change (BIC) is based on the fundamental conviction that the Lake Constance region, as one of the most innovative technology regions in Europe, has extensive explicit and implicit knowledge of the framework conditions, consequences and, above all, opportunities in the context of digital transformation in industry and society.

Against this background, the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ of Zeppelin University | ZU is pursuing the goal of promoting the future viability of highly industrialised and highly innovative locations such as the Lake Constance region by establishing the BIC. The BIC is guided by an interest in the global challenges of progressive digitalisation and in securing ecologically and economically sustainable development in the region. The BIC brings together research institutions, technology companies and other relevant stakeholders in the region so that relevant expertise is systematically and continuously identified, focused on and made available for both regional and supra-regional economic and social benefit. The BIC complements existing formats in the region, which concentrate primarily on the technical side of digital change. We are primarily interested in the consequences of digital change for business models as well as for society and the region.

The work of the BIC is based on the extensive results of a study on the status, challenges and opportunities of digital transformation in the Lake Constance region. Four main topics were derived from the results of the study, which will be dealt with in innovation circles of the BIC:

Structure of the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster (BIC)

The BIC constitutes a network of research institutions, companies and other relevant stakeholders of the Lake Constance region, which allows for the joint development of knowledge, synergy effects and "best practice" considerations.

Publication of the Survey

The implementation of a scientific evaluation study every two years on cross-sectoral and specific trends within the Lake Constance region constitutes the framework of the work of the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster for the following two years.


The BIC's conferences are the prelude to the development of thematic priorities in working groups. Together with about 100 experts, entrepreneurs, scientists and other stakeholders, a first insight on the topic is offered in keynote and workshop formats.

Innovation Circles

The topic-specific innovation circles offer space for the continuous exchange with about 20 participants over the course of a year and serve to develop a topic by the companies themselves - with the support of external experts in order to derive comprehensive recommendations for action from the holistic coverage of the field.

The overall goal of the cluster is, firstly, to establish a thematically oriented network for its members, and secondly, to jointly shape the digital transformation in the Lake Constance region. The cluster works completely demand-oriented and is thematically oriented towards the results of the biennial surveys on the implications of digital transformation for the region.

Cooperation and networking are becoming core competencies in times of digital transformation.

Prof Dr Josef Wieland, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the BIC

After the publication of the results, the topic areas to which the companies attribute the highest relevance form the thematic basis for the work of the following two years with regard to the organisation of conferences and innovation circles. The content and operational set-up of the Innovation Laboratory and the associated Innovation Circles is thus always based on the verified needs of the regional companies.

Current Innovation Circles



Awareness of cybersecurity is growing in the companies around Lake Constance. Companies are dealing with security issues in order to be able to effectively protect customers and their organisation from the abuse of data. Data security is a central task in view of the increasing networking of systems, machines and products. One challenge is the security guarantee for the storage of customer data in the cloud and compliance with data protection regulations for customers and employees. At the same time, many companies are currently investigating the opportunities offered by data analysis and usage in order to develop new business models.

Corporate Partner



Previous topics of focus – Cybersecurity

Kick-off event

  • Dr Christian Bühring, German Armed Forces
  • Dr Helmut Mahler, Code White GmbH
  • Bodo Meseke, Ernst & Young GmbH
  • Prof. Dr Martin Schulz, German Graduate School of Management and Law gGmbH

1st Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Standards

  • Ralph Schröder, KPMG AG

2nd Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Tools - Overview, Selection Criteria and Procedure

  • Ralph Schröder, KPMG AG

3rd Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Crisis Management

  • Ralph Schröder & Robert Welter, KPMG AG

4th Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Recovery Management

  • Ralph Schröder, KPMG AG

5th Innovation Cirlcle: Cloud Security

  • Dr. Henrik Loeser, IBM
  • Sven Merk, SAP SE

6th Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence

  • Dr. Helmut Mahler & Thomas Fischer, Code White GmbH

7th Innovation Circle: The Corona Pandemic and Topic Identification for the Second Year of Innovation Circles

8th Innovation Circle: Modern IT Security Management

  • Jan Stölting, KPMG
  • Moritz Huber, Head of the Central Contact Point Cybercrime of the LKA BaWü

9th Innovation Circle: Cloud Security

  • Dr. Henrik Loeser, IBM
  • Jens Griesbach, KPMG

10th Innovation Circle: Cloud Transformation and SecDevOps

  • Christian Nordlohne (KPMG)
  • Sven Merk (SAP)

11th Innovation Circle: Third-Party Risk Management

  • Ralph Schröder, KPMG AG
  • Jan Stölting, KPMG AG

12th Innovation Circle: Encryption in the Cloud

  • Dr. Henrik Loeser, IBM
  • Florian Kohlar, KPMG AG

13th Innovation Circle: Information Security Strategy & Cyber-Defense

  • Ralph Schröder, KPMG AG
  • Jan Stölting, KPMG AG

Upcoming Events

  • to be announced


Digital Sustainability Management


Several companies are increasingly supporting their CSR and environmental management digitally. They use solutions that, for example, ensure compliance with environmental regulations, manage the evaluation of suppliers' social performance or collect non-financial information for their own reporting. Other examples cited by the companies include carbon-neutral mobility of employees, group-wide virtual coordination on social commitment and digital evaluation of product design in the life cycle concept.




Previous topics of focus – Digital Sustainability Management

Kick-off event

  • Carlo Bevoli, SAP
  • Dr. Alois Flatz, formerly Dow Jones Sustainability Index

1st Innovation Circle: Balancing the Future

  • Carlo Bevoli & Torsten Graf, SAP

2nd Innovation Circle: Blockchain and the Circular Economy

  • Christian Polivka, SAP
  • Ann-Kristin von Flotow, Vaude

3rd Innovation Circle: Tracing in Supply Chains

  • Julius Palm, Follow Food

4th Innovation Circle: Hub Approaches for Sustainability Data

  • Marco Möhrer, international controller association
  • Tanja Reilly, Ecovadis
  • Ralf Coenning, SAP

5th Innovation Circle: Non-financial Internal Control Systems

  • Armin Hipper, DFGE
  • Marcus Ehrenberger & Frieder Frasch, KPMG

6th Innovation Circle: Reporting of Sustainability Data

  • Rainer Bildmayr, SAP
  • Dr. Janine von Wolfersdorff, Stb.

7th Innovation Circle: Use of Non-financial Indicators

  • Dr. Daniel Chatterjee, Rolls Royce Power Systems
  • Wolfgang Bock, SAP

8th Innovation Circle: Digital and Sustainability Strategy

  • Ramona Wallner, Zeppelin & Tomas Zelic, Z LAB
  • Nichola Hutson & Sven Edgren, DNV GL

9th Innovation Circle: Digital LCAs: Product Life Cycle Analytics

  • Corinna Baumgartner, Institute for Sustainable Development, ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft
  • Mario Wintschnig, Manager Corporate Responsibility, Strategy & Transformation, Zumtobel Group

10th Innovation Circle: Production: Digital Sustainability Management

  • Alexander Shevelov, Strategic Sustainability Controlling, Adolf Würth, GmbH & Co. KG
  • Sarah Steil, Sustainabilitymanagement, Handtmann Service GmbH & Co. KG

11th Innovation Circle: Digital Qualification Programme

  • Elisabeth Kraut, Lecturer Sustainabilitymanagement
  • Steffi Kirchberger & Yvonne Jamal, Jaro Institute

Upcoming Events

  • 07. June 2024 Innovationcircle (online)


Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is a cross-industry issue that has aroused great interest among companies in the region and is regarded as the most relevant technology for digital change. However, there are very few companies in the Lake Constance region implementing and using AI at present. The consequences of using artificial intelligence for industry and society in the region are still unclear. It is therefore important to work on this topic in a targeted manner, to discuss its implications with companies and to develop scenarios for successful implementation.

Corporate Partner



Previous topics of focus – Artificial Intelligence

1st Innovation Circle: Responsibility in the Introduction of Artificial Intelligence

  • Dr. Mathias Bauer, Partner, Lighthouse, KPMG AG
  • Konrad Krafft, Managing Director doubleslash Net-Business GmbH

2nd Innovation Circle: Development of a Deep Learning System

  • Patrick Haller, Lead Software Architect, SAP SE
  • Dr. Mathias Bauer, Partner, Lighthouse, KPMG AG
  • Ansgar Kuswik, Global Account Manager, Kontron AG

3rd Innovation Circle: Data Pooling for Machine Learning Projects

  • Anton Steurer, Member of the Board, Platform V
  • Dr. Paul Wälti, Chief Executive Officer, InfoCodex AG
  • Markus Fleisch, Chief Procurement Officer, Walser Group
  • Volker Loch, Director Strategic Partner Delivery, Verisk3E

4th Innovation Circle: AI Collaboration Framework: Patterns and processes intended to guide in AI practices

  • Tobias Oberrauch, Deputy Director, KI Bundesverband Baden-Württemberg
  • Georg Gabelmann, Manager Data Science/AI, ZF Group

5th Innovation Circle: AI implementation from an HR & change perspective

  • Andreas Meinke, Lead Data Scientist, The Peak Lab
  • Stefan Schneider, Product Manager, Continental Automotive GmbH

6th Innovation Circle: Compliance and Risk Assessment in the Implementation and Use of AI

  • Dr. Patrick Ott, Director Digital Center, Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG
  • Tobias Oberrauch, Deputy Head, AI Federal Association Baden-Württemberg, Senior AI Consultant, CGI

7th Innovation Circle: Interface Artificial Intelligence and Production Manufacturing Quality - Analyze, Predict, Improve

  • Andreas Forster, Principal Data Scientist, SAP SE

Upcoming Events

  • 12. April 2024 Innovationcircle (online)


Digital Leadership and Knowledge Management

In a volatile, uncertain world characterized by change, it is important for companies to deal with the changes in the world of work. The fundamental question here is how change should be shaped in the companies in order to successfully manage this disruptive process. Due to the implications arising from this disruption, responsible managers in companies in particular are faced with new, extended challenges: They find themselves in a decision-making environment characterized by additional uncertainty and complexity which necessitates constant adaptation to new circumstances and the participation of employees. Therefore, the innovation circle, amongst others, covers the following aspects of Digital Leadership:

1. Digital Strategy: Clear objectives and strategy
2. Digital Culture: Changing the corporate culture
3. Digital Skills: Developing digital competencies
4. Digital Stakeholder Management: Leadership and (self-)organization of network players

Corporate Partner

Zeppelin Group

  • Contact Person: Wolfgang Hahnenberg, Managing Director Zeppelin Lab , CDO Zeppelin Group


Previous topics of focus – Digital Leadership and Knowledge Management

1st Innovation Circle: Digital Skills: From Manager to Leader

  • Wolfgang Hahnenberg, CDO Zeppelin Group & CEO Zeppelin Lab GmbH
  • Maria Kaindl, Head of HR z/digit, Zeppelin Group

2nd Innovation Circle: Digital Culture: New Culture and Different Environments

  • Valeria Leising, Projektleiterin Unternehmensentwicklung & CSR, Zeppelin Rental GmbH
  • Dr. Anna Maria Gajda, Managerin Digital Acceleration & Innovation, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

3rd Innovation Circle: Digital Strategy: Shaping the future today

  • Stefanie Bayer, Innovation Managerin, Zeppelin Group
  • Dr. Christian Kugelmeier, Co-Founder & CEO, VORSPRUNGatwork

Upcoming Events

  • 21. June 2024 Innovationcircle (online)


Customer-Centric Business Models

The digital economy is generally characterized by fast-moving and dynamic competitive developments. Through the integration of digital solutions, business models, process flows and products can be designed to be more customer-specific and the potential of digital transformation can be used as a competitive advantage in one's own organization. Due to the implications arising from customer centricity, responsible managers in companies in particular are faced with new extended challenges: They are exploring how digitization and Big Data are being used to design sustainable, customer-centric business models and what new demands this places on the organization and culture . The innovation circle will address the following aspects of customer-centric business models, among others:

  1. Customer-centric culture: change in corporate culture
  2. Customer-centric processes: creation of customer-centric processes
  3. Customer-centric organization: adaptation of the organizational form
  4. Customer-centric technology : establishment of innovative technologies

Previous topics of focus – Customer-centric Business Models

1st Innovation Circle: Customer-Centric Organization: Adaptation of the organizational form to the requirements of customer-centric working

  • Nicolai Gropper, Head of Digital Strategy & Business Development , Audi Business Innovation GmbH
  • Markus Beller, Senior IT Consultant, doubleSlash Net-Business GmbH

Upcoming Events

  • 17. May 2024 Innovationcircle (online)


Board of Trustees of the BIC

As a network-oriented cluster, the BIC serves as a neutral platform for companies in the region to discover and use synergy effects among themselves and to understand and jointly work on the opportunities and challenges of digital change. The basic strategy of the innovation cluster is determined on the one hand by the board of trustees, which consists of representatives of the supporting companies from various industries and other players in the region, and on the other hand is derived thematically from the results of the surveys. The Board of Trustees meets twice a year in order to be able to adapt the strategic orientation to current circumstances.

If you are also considering becoming a founding member, please contact one of our managing directors, Dr Lennart Brand or Ms. Sabine Wiesmüller



The BIC is of the opinion that the ever more complex economic and social processes must be shaped by the expertise and knowledge of various actors in order to create synergies and successfully shape the digital transformation. Thus, the BIC sees itself as an independent knowledge and transfer platform, which would like to provide the neutral venue for this exchange. As a network, the BIC promotes the bundling of already existing expertise and the development of new knowledge in the field of digital transformation in cooperation with other actors and experts from business, science, politics, intermediaries and civil society.


BIC-Plattform V Logo


The BIC together with the SKala-CAMPUS as a learning & exchange platform for the civil society of PHINEO has been developing a customer/learning journey within the topic area of intrapreneurship in non-profit organizations since last year.


Wirkung Hoch 100

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Stifterverbandes, the project „Wirkung Hoch 100" was launched to network Germany's pioneers and help their ideas achieve a breakthrough. The mission: Together instead of side by side. The Lake Constance Innovation Cluster is part of it. For its anniversary initiative, the Stifterverband is working with ProjectTogether.

Wirkung Hoch 100

Lake Constance as a model region

The Lake Constance region is a four-country region consisting of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Lake Constance thus separates and unites political, social and economic areas. From a political perspective, the Lake Constance region offers diverse opportunities for cross-border cooperation and networks across political systems: the border region thus becomes a real laboratory for multinational cooperation.

In addition, the Lake Constance region as a knowledge region is home to a total of 29 higher education and research institutions, which are linked together under the umbrella of the International University of Lake Constance (IBH). This largest European university association enables intensive transnational research and transfer projects, which will also benefit the companies in the region. After all, it is these companies within the Lake Constance economic area that have been responsible for the enormous innovative power of the region for years. Here, too, the relevance of the cross-border and often intensive interlinkages and cooperations is evident: On the one hand between companies themselves, on the other hand between companies and their environment such as scientific or intermediary institutions.

This innovation system of the region is also supported by a broad corporate structure and industry structure. In addition to a large number of small and medium-sized companies, some of which are undoubtedly hidden champions, the Lake Constance region is also home to an impressive number of major international corporations. This economic ecosystem with its enormous innovative power is unique in this form and must be further strengthened in the future.

Innovation circles of the past

Lifelong Learning & Technology Acceptance

When implementing new technologies, it is a challenge for companies to take their employees with them and train them further. Although the simplification of work processes is noticeable, there is increased demand for technology-related skilled workers. These far-reaching developments mean that companies see a need for education at all levels of the organization. It is therefore of particular relevance to train employees further, to recruit new employees and to promote awareness and participation by means of adapted, less hierarchical leadership in order to create confidence in these innovations.

Corporate Partner


Upcoming dates

  • This innovation circle is finished


The Team

Wieland, Josef
Wieland, Josef Prof Dr
Vice President Teaching and Learning |
Director Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2261
Room:FAB 3 | 1.55

Prof Dr Wieland is Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also advises the management of the Cluster and the Innovation Laboratory as scientific mentor of the project.

Brand, Lennart
Brand, Lennart Dr
Director of Enterprise & Advancement

Phone:+49 7541 6009-1144
Room:FAB 3 | 1.69

Dr Brand is responsible for managing the Innovation Cluster. Please contact Dr Brand if you are interested in becoming a founding member of the BIC.

Wiesmüller, Sabine
Wiesmüller, Sabine Dr rer pol
Senior Research Fellow Shared Value & AI Governance | LEIZ
Managing Director Bodensee Innovationscluster Digitaler Wandel | BIC
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2267
Room:FAB 3 | 1.63

As a founding member, Ms. Wiesmüller led the BIC from 2018 to 2022 and will be available to the cluster as executive director and contact person for strategic issues from 2023.

Lindt, Elisabeth
Lindt, Elisabeth
PioneerPort & Transfer | Leitung "EXIST Potentiale"
Leitung Bodensee Innovationscluster Digitaler Wandel | BIC
Phone:+497541 6009-2264
Room:Kolon 2.02

Ms Lindt has been in charge of the BIC's internal processes since the beginning of 2023 and is responsible for the planning and implementation of events as well as the coordination of the BIC team.

Further information

A retrospective report of the opening event of the Innovation Circle Cybersecurity on the 25th of January 2020 may be found here

The archive of the LEIZ may be found on our Resources Website

ManagerSeminar Regional portrayed the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster in January 2019: Download

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