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2001: The First Steps Toward Internationalization

Nineteen years ago, Dr. Fritz Audebert had a visionary idea that he would take out into the world from Passau, Germany: When companies send their employees abroad, professional expertise alone is not enough. Only those who can understand and empathize with the culture of the new country and can interpret its nuance will be successful in the long term. With ICUnet, he offered companies intercultural know-how, precise analysis tools and comprehensive on-site service by locally experienced consultants.

ICUnet – and what exactly is behind it?
The company name stands for “intercultural network” and “international community”. It also includes one of the puns “I see you in the Internet”.

 

Bild: Dr Fritz Audebert, CEO and founder of ICUnet.Group

global mobilty with Dr.Fritz Audebert CEO of ICUnet color

2001: The First Steps Toward Internationalization

Nineteen years ago, Dr. Fritz Audebert had a visionary idea that he would take out into the world from Passau, Germany: When companies send their employees abroad, professional expertise alone is not enough. Only those who can understand and empathize with the culture of the new country and can interpret its nuance will be successful in the long term. With ICUnet, he offered companies intercultural know-how, precise analysis tools and comprehensive on-site service by locally experienced consultants.

ICUnet – and what exactly is behind it?
The company name stands for “intercultural network” and “international community”. It also includes one of the puns “I see you in the Internet”.

 

Bild: Dr Fritz Audebert, CEO and founder of ICUnet.Group

2002: German Founder’s Prize for ICUnet

After only a short time, the Passau-based company was awarded the prestigious German Founder’s Prize in the “Concept” category in 2002. Dr Fritz Audebert and his board colleague Doreen Thielemann attended the award ceremony in the presence of the German President Johannes Rau. In 2006, ICUnet was nominated again in the category “Rising Star”. Since then, the globally active company has won over 60 different national and international awards.

 

Photo: Founder and CEO of ICUnet.Group, Dr. Fritz Audebert (from left), Federal President Johannes Rau and ICUnet.Group board member Doreen Thielemann at the award ceremony for the German Founder’s Prize 2002.

former president of germany Johannes Rau at ICUnet event color
former president of germany Johannes Rau at ICUnet event color

2002: German Founder’s Prize for ICUnet

After only a short time, the Passau-based company was awarded the prestigious German Founder’s Prize in the “Concept” category in 2002. Dr Fritz Audebert and his board colleague Doreen Thielemann attended the award ceremony in the presence of the German President Johannes Rau. In 2006, ICUnet was nominated again in the category “Rising Star”. Since then, the globally active company has won over 60 different national and international awards.

 

Photo: Founder and CEO of ICUnet.Group, Dr. Fritz Audebert (from left), Federal President Johannes Rau and ICUnet.Group board member Doreen Thielemann at the award ceremony for the German Founder’s Prize 2002.

2011: 10 Locations Worldwide

Ten years after its founding, around 100 employees accompany more than 1,000 specialists and managers on their way to international tasks each year. Since then, new ICUnet services have been supporting companies in the analysis and selection of qualified employees for international assignments.

 

Photo: Dr Fritz Audebert (front left) and Doreen Thielemann (front centre) with their rapidly growing international team.

2011: 10 Locations Worldwide

Ten years after its founding, around 100 employees accompany more than 1,000 specialists and managers on their way to international tasks each year. Since then, new ICUnet services have been supporting companies in the analysis and selection of qualified employees for international assignments.

 

Photo: Dr Fritz Audebert (front left) and Doreen Thielemann (front centre) with their rapidly growing international team.

2015: First “rethinkeurope” Congress

With a topic close to the heart of the founder Dr Fritz Audebert, the first international ICUnet congress was held in 2015 under the motto #rethinkeurope. As part of this initiative, the Bavarian state government invited to the state reception, the address was given by Dr Fritz Audebert. The annual congress with renowned speakers has always attracted hundreds of top-class guests from business and politics to the “Three Rivers City”.

 

Photo: Dr Fritz Audebert, initiator of the international #rethinkeurope congress, during his festive speech at the state reception of the Bavarian state government.

2015: First “rethinkeurope” Congress

With a topic close to the heart of the founder Dr Fritz Audebert, the first international ICUnet congress was held in 2015 under the motto #rethinkeurope. As part of this initiative, the Bavarian state government invited to the state reception, the address was given by Dr Fritz Audebert. The annual congress with renowned speakers has always attracted hundreds of top-class guests from business and politics to the “Three Rivers City”.

 

Photo: Dr Fritz Audebert, initiator of the international #rethinkeurope congress, during his festive speech at the state reception of the Bavarian state government.

2021: Competent worldwide in more than 75 countries.

20 years after its founding, ICUnet advises and accompanies companies in the secondment of thousands of specialists and managers each year. The heart of ICUnet is the interdisciplinary team of experts consisting of 180 permanent and 350 freelance employees worldwide. They are at home in 75 countries, speak 25 languages and make it possible for companies to successfully use intercultural potential for themselves thanks to their advice and support.

 

Image: The company celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021.

2021: Competent worldwide in more than 75 countries.

20 years after its founding, ICUnet advises and accompanies companies in the secondment of thousands of specialists and managers each year. The heart of ICUnet is the interdisciplinary team of experts consisting of 180 permanent and 350 freelance employees worldwide. They are at home in 75 countries, speak 25 languages and make it possible for companies to successfully use intercultural potential for themselves thanks to their advice and support.

 

Image: The company celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021.

2022: First virtual
“#(p)rethinkeurope” state reception.

As part of the (p)rethinkeurope project, Bavaria’s first virtual state reception took place. Leading personalities from business, science and politics met in the online panel. They discussed what makes Bavaria strong in and for Europe – and what it needs to be even more successful globally.

 

Photo (from top left to bottom right): Initiator of the #(p)rethinkeurope project Dr Fritz Audebert, President of the University of Passau Prof. Dr Ulrich Bartosch, Chairman of the EPP Group Manfred Weber and Bavarian Minister of State for European Affairs and International Affairs Melanie Huml took part in the discussion of the first virtual state reception.

2022: First virtual
“#(p)rethinkeurope” state reception.

As part of the (p)rethinkeurope project, Bavaria’s first virtual state reception took place. Leading personalities from business, science and politics met in the online panel. They discussed what makes Bavaria strong in and for Europe – and what it needs to be even more successful globally.

 

Photo (from top left to bottom right): Initiator of the #(p)rethinkeurope project Dr Fritz Audebert, President of the University of Passau Prof. Dr Ulrich Bartosch, Chairman of the EPP Group Manfred Weber and Bavarian Minister of State for European Affairs and International Affairs Melanie Huml took part in the discussion of the first virtual state reception.