Rafael Laguna de la Vera doesn’t seem like the director of a federal agency. He wears T-shirts instead of suits and gives interviews from his home office. But in the summer of 2019, the IT entrepreneur, who founded his first company in the 1980s and later headed the software developer Open-Xchange for twelve years, switched to government service – as founding director of the Federal Agency for Jump Innovations in Leipzig.
As the federal government’s top innovation scout, he and his team should identify ideas and inventions that have the potential to change the world in the long term – and prevent them from being bought away by foreign donors because there is no funding in this country. The federal incubator can invest 1 billion euros by 2030.