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Securing Our Future: A Virtual Exchange on Global Cybersecurity Innovations

World Business Chicago, ChicagoNEXT, and the national German Digital Hub Cybersecurity invite you to join them at 8:30 a.m. (CST) on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 for a 60-minute moderated discussion about the risks we face in the digital world. Learn how leading companies from Chicago and Darmstadt, Germany, shape trends and develop innovations to secure our digital future.

Based in the Rhine-Main-Metropolitan area, Darmstadt hosts Europe’s largest cluster for applied cybersecurity. Chicago is home to over 2,000 tech start-ups supported by a deep roster of seed-stage companies and incubators, including 1871, which UBI Global recognized as the #1 private incubator among university-affiliated business incubators in the world.


  • Michael Fassnacht, Interim President and CEO, World Business Chicago
  • Elmar Eperiesi-Beck, CEO, Eperi
  • Brian Fritton, CEO and Founder, Havoc Shield
  • Emmanuel Jackson, CEO, Evanston Technology Partners
  • Christina Kraus, Founder and CRO, Meshcloud
  • Ute Richter, Managing Director, Digital Hub Cybersecurity
  • Dane Smith, Senior Director of Business Development, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

About Digital Hubs Cybersecurity: Located in Germany’s CyberSecValley, we are Germany’s leading innovation community of cybersecurity start-ups, founders, coders, investors and scientists. The Digital Hub Cybersecurity is part of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy’s Digital Hub Initiative to promote digital innovation in Germany.

About World Business Chicago: World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.

Why Chicago and Darmstadt:  This virtual exchange features leadership from two German and two

Chicago-based companies: eperi, Meshcloud, Evanston Technology Partners, and Havoc Shield who will share thoughts, insights, and perspectives on the state of cybersecurity and privacy and discuss the types of innovations that are ensuring our data and information is secure.

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