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Lake Constance Innovation Cluster Digital Change (BIC)

Events in 2020

Unfortunately the ongoing developments surrounding the COVid-19 virus force us temporarily to do all events online. 

  • 20th of November 2020 Innovation Circle Artificial Intelligence 
  • 20th of November 2020 Innovation Circle Digital Sustainability Management 
  • 04th of December 2020 Innovation Circle Cybersecurity 

  • 25th of September Conference on Artificial Intelligence


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.

The innovation laboratory is headed by Sabine Wiesmüller (second from right). She gets supported by Lukas Törner (second from left), Alexander Shevelov (first from left) and Maximilian Heisterkamp (first from right).

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. The study was presented at a conference hosted by ZU and SAP (Markdorf site) on September 21, 2018. Four main topics were derived from the results of the study, which will be dealt with in innovation circles of the BIC:

Current Innovation Circles

  • 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

KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Contact Persons

Sabine Wiesmüller,

Cindy Klotzsche,

Upcoming Events

  • 20th of  November 2020 Innovation Circle
  • Livelong 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 


Contact Persons

Sabine Wiesmüller,

Alexander Shevelov,

Upcoming Events

The Innovation circle has been closed. 

  • 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.

Corporate Partner


Contact Person

Lukas Törner,

Upcoming Events

  • 20th of November 2020 Innovation Circle 

  • Cybersecurity

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. The security guarantee for the storage of customer data in the cloud and compliance with data protection regulations for customers and employees is also a challenge. 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

KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Contact Persons

Sabine Wiesmüller,

Florian Straatmann,

Upcoming Events

  • 4th of December 2020 Innovation Circle 
  • 5th of February 2021 Innovation Circle 
  • 16th of April 2021 Innovation Circle 

Structure of the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster (BIC)

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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. The core of the innovation cluster is the innovation laboratory, which performs a coordinating function and is headed by a team of experts from Zeppelin University.

Three Dimensions

  • 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.

  • Conference

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. 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.

Board of Trustees of the BIC

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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 our Managing Director, Dr Lennart Brand: or Ms Sabine Wiesmüller, Head of the Innovation Laboratory:



Your question:

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.

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

Lake Constance as a model region

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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.

Publications and Events

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On the 25th of September the conference of the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster Digital Change 2020 on the topic Artificial Intelligence will take place on the ZF campus of the Zeppelin Universität. For registration please send an E-mail to

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


Your question:

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.

Prof Dr Josef Wieland

Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Director of the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ
Vice President Research

+49 7541 60092261


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.

Dr Lennart Brand 

Managing Director of the BIC
Managing Director of the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ

+49 7541 60091144


Ms. Wiesmüller studied in her Master International Business with a focus on Compliance Management and Intercultural Management in Germany, Indonesia and Mexico. During and after her studies she worked in various management consultancies before she started her doctoral studies in 2016 in the field of business ethics and AI Governance in cooperation with the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics. Since 2018, she has been head of the BIC's Innovation Laboratory and, as a founding member, has accompanied the project from the very beginning. 

As head of the Innovation Laboratory, she coordinates the internal processes of the project, the development of the content of the cluster and the innovation circles, as well as the publication of the biennial surveys.

Sabine Wiesmüller M.A.

Head of the Innovation Laboratory
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 151 21264329


Mr. Köhler studied a master's degree in political and administrative sciences with a focus on management and quantitative methods in Konstanz and Bern. He then worked as a data scientist in the field of process mining. Since 2017, he has been working on the digitisation of SMEs as part of his doctorate. In addition, he has already led several research projects on digitisation and innovation issues.
Within the BIC, Mr. Köhler is responsible for the deputy operational management of the Innovation Laboratory. Furthermore, he is the contact person for its national and international networking and the preparation of scientific studies.

Christopher Köhler M.A.

Stellv. Leiter des Innovationslabors
Bodensee Innovationscluster | BIC

+49 7541 6009-1337


Lukas Törner is doing his doctorate at the interface of his fields of study - environmental sciences, e-business and management - on software systems in sustainability management as a scholarship holder of the German Federal Environmental Foundation. 

At the BIC, he was initially involved in the 2018 survey on digital change in the mechanical engineering, automotive and IT industries and headed the cooperation management. Since the scholarship, he has headed the Innovation Circle Digital Sustainability Management. Lukas Törner is doing his doctorate at the interface of his fields of study - environmental sciences, e-business and management - with software systems in sustainability management as a scholarship holder of the German Federal Environmental Foundation. He heads the innovation Circle Digital Sustainability Management.

Lucas Törner M.A.

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 7541 6009-2266


Alexander Shevelov studies in the Master Corporate Management & Economics with the focus on Digital Transformation, Supply Chain & Logistics Management. Prior to his master studies, Mr. Shevelov worked for several years in the field of supply chain management & digitization and also gained experience in project management. During his master studies at Zeppelin University, Alexander Shevelov already participated in international research projects and also completed several internships in various global companies in the field of Big Data, Supply Chain Management & Digitization. 

Within the Innovation Laboratory, Alexander Shevelov is responsible as Innovation Manager for the supervision of the Innovation Circle Lifelong Learning and Technology Acceptance and for the financial management of the Innovation Laboratory.

Alexander Shevelov B.A.

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 157 32128385


Mr. Schneider studied economics bachelor's degree in Wuppertal, focussing on marketing and entrepreneurship. Between his bachelor's and his master's degree he worked in the system headquarters of a large home improvement chain in business development. Since 2018 he has been studying Corporate Management & Economics at Zeppelin University with a focus on Leadership & Governance. In addition to his master's degree, he was also involved in the student consultancy of Zeppelin University, where he was a member of the Executive Board.
Within the BIC, he works primarily on the acquisition of new companies, the maintenance of the existing network and additionally supports the organization of innovation circle meetings.

Philip Schneider B.A.

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 157 34527447


As Innovation Manager, Ms Klotzsche is responsible for the supervision of the Innovation Circles Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence. She organizes the work of the innovation circles and supports their members.

Cindy Klotzsche

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 170 2492377


Ms. Schmidt is studying Corporate Management and Economics in the 7th semester at Zeppelin University and during her semester abroad in Taiwan. She concentrates on strategic issues, which she is enthusiastic about both in various courses and during various internships in strategy consulting. In her internship at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, Ms. Schmidt is currently working on strategic decisions under uncertainty and scenario planning.
As innovation manager at the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster, Ms Schmidt is responsible for the strategic development of new formats as well as financial planning and membership management.

Julia Schmidt

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 174 3325644


Mr. Straatmann is in his 7th semester of the bachelor's program Sociology, Politics & Economics at Zeppelin University and is primarily concerned with topics at the interface between politics and economics. As an intern, he worked in a political communications consultancy. In addition to his studies, Mr. Straatmann is a volunteer in the student initiative Seelicht Medialab. 

Within the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster, Mr. Straatmann is employed as an innovation manager and supervises the organisation of the Cybersecurity Innovation Circle.

Florian Straatmann

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 174 3056703