Since 1997 the Asia-Pacific Week Berlin (APW) has offered a unique European platform for interdisciplinary, European-Asian dialogue with experts in the fields of politics, business, science, research and culture on globally relevant subjects: smart cities, industry 4.0, digitalization, startups, their ecosystems and innovation. With conferences, workshops, expert tours, exhibitions and an extensive partner program, the APW create a forum for information, dialogue and concrete collaborations that benefit the German and Asian partners alike.The APW offers the platform for exchange and initiation of international partnerships. Berlin distinguishes itself as a creative and green city as well as a science metropolis, as a location for interdisciplinary research and development of future technologies. This makes the metropolis attractive for innovative start-ups as well as for established companies and international investors. The excellent location qualities of Berlin as “founder capital” with numerous colleges, technology parks, incubators, co-working spaces, VC funds, a distinct cultural and creative scene as well as space for leisure time and ideas form an ideal basis for this platform. The APW 2018 will further explore the subject of “DIGITALIZATION”, the global megatrend of the 21st century. In an exchange between startups, industry and SMEs, the most important trends of the 4th Industrial Revolution will be discussed in order to develop collaborative projects and partnerships. The multi-day conference Connecting Startup Cities will take place on 25-26 April. The Asia-Pacific Week Berlin will take place on April 23-29, 2018.