Danube Transfer Centers
Establishment of Technology Transfer Centers in the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region
The aim of the project was to strengthen the competitiveness of economic operators in the Danube region in a sustainable manner. The establishment of Danube Transfer Centers at selected partner institutions will enable the local industry to gain better access to the knowledge and resources of scientific professionals. As part of the European Commission’s Danube Strategy, the project was embedded in the objectives of Priority Area 8 „Competitiveness“. Financial support was provided by the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg. The Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, Stuttgart, represented by the Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum and Steinbeis-Donau-Zentrum, was responsible for the implementation of the project.
In 2012, SEZ, in cooperation with Steinbeis Donau- Zentrum started to analyze the pilot sites. At the „First Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region“ in Regensburg in November 2012, Peter Friedrich (former Minister for European affairs) and Prof. Dr. Norbert Höptner (former Commissioner for Europe of the Minister of Economic affairs) met with government representatives from Bulgaria, Croatia, Austria, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Bavaria. In the framework of the forum, the European Commissioner signed a cooperation agreement with five universities from Romania, Slovakia and Serbia. The content of the agreement was the development of a common strategy to strengthen transnational technology transfer in the Danube region. The core is the construction of so-called Danube Transfer Centers, which will help to bridge the gap between research and innovation. Thereby new products and services can be brought on the market more quickly. The centers were set up at the Bratislava University of Technology (Slovakia), at the University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia), and at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania).
Running time: 09/2012-02/2014
Participating countries: Germany, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia
From 2014 to 2017, the network was able to establish new partnerships with partners from Maribor (Slovenia), Györ (Hungary), Ruse (Bulgaria), Vukovar and Zagreb (Croatia). The newly founded DTC Zagreb has been a partner of the DTC network since January 2018. The network now counts a total of 11 members.
SEZ manages the working group “Innovation and Technology Transfer” within the EUSDR Priority Area 8 (Competitiveness), which is coordinated by the Ministry of Economics Baden-Württemberg (and by the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, Croatia).
The Interreg Program for the Danube Region has launched a Capitalization Strategy, which assigns eleven so-called »Capitalisation Poles« to all approved projects. Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum leads the thematic priority 1 »Innovative ecosystems for SMEs«, to which a total of nine projects belong. Together, strategies for strengthening strategic partnerships will be developed and actors of Baden-Württemberg will have the opportunity to shape initiatives from the very beginning. Since 2017, the state of Baden-Württemberg has supported the establishment of a coordination platform between innovation players in the Danube region with around 70,000 euros. Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum was entrusted with the implementation of this common coordination platform.