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The 2018 Ownership Conference will bring together “steward-owned” companies and entrepreneurs looking for solutions to succession and long-term oriented ownership. You can look forward to case studies, political conversations, and practical workshops on the path to becoming steward-owned.


Pariser Platz 6
Berlin, Germany


Tuesday to Wednesday
October 30th – 31st, 2018

Steward-Owned Companies

Carl Zeiss started a new form of ownership 130 years ago in Germany.

130 years ago, Carl Zeiss started a new form of ownership in Germany, which has since steadily spread and today includes such well-known names as Bosch, Sonett, Voelkel and Mahle. They have all anchored their organization’s values into their ownership structure.


Götz Rehn
"A self-owned company, which is led by stewards is focused on its original purpose. It focuses on meaningful actions rather than private profit maximisation."

Götz Rehn
Managing Director
Ernst Schütz
“The economy should serve the people – not the other way around. My ownership understanding reflects that.”

Ernst Schütz
Entrepreneur and former owner
Triaz Group

Start-Up Track

In workshops and keynote speeches, you, as a young company, can learn from other start-ups how the right ownership structure can anchor your company’s values into its legal DNA. You’ll get input and learn from other’s experiences on the following question:

– How do I finance my start-up without selling myself?
– How do I move from management to self-management
– How can I success and remain independent without an exit or IPO?

Reports will feature CEOs and founders of Buffer.com, Sharetribe, Soulbottles and well-known investors such as Albert Wenger (Union Square Venture).


The question of succession

The conference will enable companies facing the question of
succession to exchange ideas and learn about interesting solutions of ownership
and succession design. Companies like Waschbär and Voelkel will talk about their
ownership structures and how they enabled the company to “own itself.”


Expert Clinics

In the expert clinics, you get advice from an expert about your specific question for 10-15 minutes. Please reserve a spot in advance.


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We’re excited to see you soon in Berlin


Steward-owned companies need collaboration, a voice and a strong network.

The Ownership Conference offers the opportunity to learn from steward-owned companies: How does ownership responsibility affect employees, customers, and society? How can ownership structures help shape an economy in the interests of society?

At the ownership conference, you will join in the conversation

• Companies that belong to themselves
• Owners looking for sustainable ownership structures
• Politicians and academics


Learn from entrepreneurs who have already followed the path to become a self-owned company.

In key notes and workshops will explore the general and specific aspects, opportunities, and challenges of self-owned companies.

A bill will be presented, which a group of self-owned companies developed.
An official legal form would facilitate the establishment of more self-owned companies in the future. The design serves as the foundation and impetus for the practical dialogue with the political establishment on responsible ownership as a promising force for social change.

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Unfortunately, the number of participants is limited.
Please register for the event as soon as possible.