Networking as a business booster and why we are stronger together.

East Westphalia is a strong economic region and the entrepreneurs and managers there are just as active in a variety of business networks: regional or international, online or offline, within or across sectors. What do networks offer companies or individuals and how do you actually network properly? Which networks could be interesting for me and my business and is it possible to network?

New format FURNITURE TALK – as a panel discussion with keynote speech

On behalf of the exhibitor network, TRENDFILTER invites you to a new format, the FURNITURE TALK, on Thursday, February 29, 2024, whereby this panel discussion will expressly take place across all sectors. Katrin de Louw – herself the initiator of two business networks – has invited a considerable amount of concentrated networking expertise to Bünde:

  • Dominik Gross, Managing Director of the Founders Foundation, a B2B startup ecosystem

  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Hilker as expert for digital networking (AI / LinkedIn etc.) , Hilker Consulting

  • Jens Hölper, Managing Director GARANT Holding GmbH, Purchasing Associations

  • Michael Laukötter, Managing Director of Möbel Meile, a marketing association with 16 furniture manufacturers

  • Brigitte Meier, authorized signatory of WEGE mbH (Wirtschaftsförderung Bielefeld)

  • Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Martin Stosch, TH OWL and initiator of the Lightweight Construction Interest Group (igeL), the Smart Wood Center OWL, as well as the MyConcept and CircuLignum networks.

The new FURNITURE TALK format will take place for the first time at the FURNITURE FUTURE FORUM in Bünde, which has been a major networking platform for the furniture and furnishing industry since 2007, including an exhibition by network partners. Katrin de Louw has secured the expertise of a real media professional to support her as moderator: Sascha Tapken from Home.Made.Storys. The former editor-in-chief of the magazine “Möbelkultur” is himself a major industry networker and has also been Managing Director of the Cork Association since 01.01.24.

Agenda of the FURNITURE TALK on Thursday, 29.02.2024:

9.00 a.m. Admission

9.30 a.m. Panel discussion part 1: Networks, made in OWL – Why we are stronger together

10.30 a.m. Break with time for the exhibition and networking

11.30 a.m. Panel discussion part 2: Networks, made in OWL – Why we are stronger together

12.30 p.m. Lunch break and time for networking

12.30 p.m. Lunch break and time for networking

Address: Uhlendiekstr. 88, 32257 Bünde, directly on the A30, exit Rödinghausen

Admission is FREE for furniture and kitchen furniture manufacturers, furniture designers, interior decorators and interior fitters, as well as interior designers. If you are listed in the INVITATION DISTRIBUTOR, you will automatically receive a voucher code for the event. If not, you are welcome to request one at For visitors who do not belong to the target group, the day ticket costs €195/person plus VAT. 

Your hosts at the FURNITURE FUTURE FORUM are:

Conal, Continental, Europlac, Forbo, Furnipart, Hera, Lehmann, Linak, Neelsen, Röhm, Schattdecor, Sonae Arauco, Strate Druck and SWL.

Other cooperating partners:

Founders Foundation, TH OWL, raumprobe, Tischler Innung Herford and Verbände der Holz- und Möbelindustrie NRW.

We look forward to seeing you!