Your Partner for Innovation in Europe
Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ) was founded in March 1990 as the operational unit of the Commissioner for Europe of Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Economics. SEZ's core business activity is facilitating the path to European research funding opportunities for Baden-Württemberg's Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
As a member of the Steinbeis network and a partner in the Enterprise Europe Network, SEZ forms a bridge to Europe for companies and industry, research organisations, universities, administrations and policy makers from the region.
We support companies, universities and research organisations in submitting proposals and implementing cross-border projects, identifying and selecting appropriate funding and innovation programmes as well as taking steps to internationalise and enter European markets.
We advise policy makers and administrations from Baden-Württemberg on regional futures scenarios, on innovation and cluster policy issues and help them form networks with other European experts.
In addition, we facilitate networking through the professional and competent organisation of European conferences and events and develop brochures.
We support the work of the Commissioner for Europe of Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing by working together with regional business development organisations, regional ministries as well as Federal ministries.
Since 2008, SEZ has been a partner in the European Commission's Enterprise Europe Network. SEZ is partner in the Baden-Württemberg consortium together with Handwerk International, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing, six Chambers of Industry and Commerce and Baden-Württemberg International.
Steinbeis 2i GmbH - innovative+international
Innovate and internationalise - two areas which will be even more the focus of our activities within our new start-up Steinbeis 2i GmbH.
In October 2016, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum passed over services and competences to our 100% subsidiary Steinbeis 2i GmbH. With this new formation we aim, as a partner, to complement even further the work of the Commissioner for Europe with our regions' companies and research organisation in the area of innovation.
EU Contact Point in Baden-Württemberg
SEZ is the Contact Point for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Baden-Württemberg for the Commissioner for Europe of Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing.
SEZ provides Baden-Württemberg's Universities of Applied Science with information on European support programmes and supports them in formulating proposals and implementing European projects on behalf of the Ministry of Research, Science and the Arts Baden-Württemberg.