Partners & Sponsors - 2012 Munich Summit



  The Vodafone Institut für Gesellschaft und Kommunikation 

The Vodafone Institut für Gesellschaft und Kommunikation is working to show how mobile communication technologies can change society. Through studies, research collaborations, publications, and events, the Vodafone Institute will foster a dialogue between science, decision-makers in business and politics, and social entrepreneurs to analyze and discuss the conditions for this "mobile revolution". As a Think & Do Tank it will also be involved in fostering and developing entrepreneurial solutions to societal challenges that are based on communication technologies. The Institute was founded in 2011 as an independent entity of Vodafone Germany and will be launching its operations in 2012. 


Essl Foundation

The Martin and Gerda Essl Privatstiftung is the foundation behind the Essl Social Prize, one of the leading international awards for social entrepreneurs. The 1 Million Euro prize offers sustainable support and assistance to individuals with pioneering social initiatives. The Essl Social Prize 2010 went to Ashoka founder Bill Drayton last year and enabled Ashoka to accelerate a number of programs designed to take social change to a global level, most prominently the first Ashoka Globalizer program.


DLD (Digital – Life – Design) 

DLD (Digital – Life – Design) is a global conference network on innovation, digital media, science, and culture which connects business, creative and social leaders, opinion-formers, and investors for crossover conversation and inspiration. Chairmen of DLD are publisher Hubert Burda and serial digital investor Yossi Vardi. DLD has been founded by Stephanie Czerny and Marcel Reichart in 2005.


Scaling What Works, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)

Launched in 2010, Scaling What Works is a multiyear learning initiative of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) to expand the number of grantmakers and public sector funders working together to broaden the impact of high-performing nonprofits. Through Scaling What Works, GEO will offer training, networking opportunities, and a host of tools and resources to better equip grantmakers to help nonprofit organizations to plan, adapt, and grow their impact in creating sustainable benefits for people, their communities and our planet. 


BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt 

The goal of the BMW Foundation is to make an original and effective contribution to strengthening social cohesion and innovation: We support leaders who, in their professional and personal lives, take into consideration the greater common good and who are committed to developing a lively civil society in cooperation with others. We deal with questions of globalization and thus contribute to an international dialogue on socio-political issues. We provide guidance by making visible successful socio-political commitment and promoting the dissemination and development of innovative pilot projects.


Newswire Media

NEWSWIRE is a unique 24/7 business & international affairs broadcasting channel moving deeper into the background and resolution of the breaking news stories provided by other networks. From in-depth interviews with the pioneers in the worlds of business, politics, philanthropy, science and theology to featuring global conferences, Newswire gives personal access to leaders who maximize both financial return and social impact. NEWSWIRE was created by media entrepreneur Martine N. Smitka.