Europe must become a driving force in the digital revolution.

Our mission is to help bring Europe to the forefront of digital competitiveness and to inspire a responsible application of technology that serves society.

What we do


The European Center for Digital Competitiveness was founded at ESCP Business School in Berlin with the goal of bringing digital competitiveness to the political and public debate, where it currently only plays a minor role.

Given the digital revolution that our economy and society currently face, digital competitiveness must take center stage in debates to secure our prosperity for the future.

Similarly, in this increasingly dynamic environment we want to support the initiative to position Europe as a global leader for the responsible application of technology for the benefit of society.

Who we are


Oliver Heimes

... is a Partner at Lakestar and has been part of the team since 2011, prior to the inception of Lakestar's first fund in 2013. Oliver focuses mainly on Lakestar’s US-based activities with early stage / Series A investments in companies such as Oscar Health, Cedar, Aetion, Truemotion, Auterion and Harrys. He is on the board of Auterion. In 2017, he was elected Forbes 30 under 30.

Klaus Schweinsberg

...  is the founder of the Centre for Strategy and Leadership. Professor Schweinsberg works as a personal consultant and coach for renowned entrepreneurs and top managers in Germany and abroad. In 2009 he was appointed to the circle of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.

Philip Meissner

... is the director of the European Center for Digital Competitiveness and holds the Chair of Strategic Management and Decision Making at ESCP Business School in Berlin. In addition to strategic decision-making processes, Professor Meissner focuses on the influence and impact of digital transformation on companies and society.

Christian Poensgen

... is the director of the European Center for Digital Competitiveness at ESCP Business School in Berlin. After different start-up projects, he worked as the Senior Fellow Future of Work in the German Bundestag. Here he was involved in various projects on digital competitiveness, notably in the areas of continuing education, blockchain and agile administration.

Andreas Kaplan

... is the dean of ESCP Business School in Berlin. Professor Kaplan is a leading global expert in marketing, social media and artificial intelligence. According to John Wiley & Son, he is among the world's 50 leading authors in business and management.


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1. Oct 2019

20 Facts on the Status Quo of Digitization in Germany

The European Center for Digital Competitiveness publishes the Factbook Digitization.

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European Center for Digital Competitiveness
ESCP Europe Wirtschaftshochschule Berlin e.V.
Heubnerweg 08-10
14059 Berlin

By ESCP Business School

ESCP Business School was founded in 1819 and is the first and oldest business school in the world. Since then it has been training managers and entrepreneurs. ESCP Business School now offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, MBAs and Executive MBAs, PhD programmes and seminars for managers.

With its multi-campus model in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw, which has been in existence since 1973, ESCP Business School actively lives and promotes the European idea. Every year more than 6,000 students complete their studies at the Business School, more than 5,000 managers and executives take part in the seminars and continuing education programs. They come from 120 different countries.

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