Michael Van Ter Sluis

Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships & Entrepreneurship at the New Jersey Innovation Institute

Michael is the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships & Entrepreneurship at the New Jersey Innovation Institute, a non-profit corporation of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He supports the lab-to-market pathway for NJIT inventors and intellectual property, builds holistic corporate relationships on behalf of the Institution, and is a steward of the technology ecosystem in Newark, NJ. Prior to NJII, he was the Vice President of Innovation at the Council on Competitiveness – a Washington, DC science and technology think-tank. There he worked side-by-side with leaders from industry, technology startups, and university presidents to educate elected officials on the U.S. science, technology, and innovation ecosystem and how public policies can support innovation as a source of economic growth and prosperity. These successes are underpinned by almost a decade of private sector technical experience, performing engineering services for Fortune 500 companies. 

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Day 1 Conference


Venue: Ceremonial Hall


  • Cornelia Zielke, Senior Manager, PD 
  • Michael Van Ter Sluis, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships & Entrepreneurship, New Jersey Innovation Institute 

Opening speeches: 

  • Mayor of the City of Rostock, Eva-Maria Kröger 
  • Rector of the University of Rostock, Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Prommer 
  • State Secretary for Economics, Infrastructure, Tourism and Labour Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Jochen Schulte
  • Consul General, US-Consulate General Hamburg, Jason Chue


11:00 - 11:40 AM

Day 1 Conference

Panel 1 - Blue Economy

Venue: City Council Hall


The ocean connects, sustains and supports us all. In this panel current trends and projects in the blue economy focusing on off-shore, ports and ocean technology in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and New Jersey, USA, will be presented, with an invitation to intensify business cooperation between both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.


2:45 - 3:00 PM

Day 1 Conference

Closing Remarks

Venue: City Council Hall