Expertise & Services

We have been a competent partner and advisor for European innovation topics at regional and European level for more than 25 years. We offer individual and tailored advisory services on the one hand and, on the other hand, we implement largescale European innovation projects. We are at your service for questions on financing and managing innovation and innovation processes, market entry and internationalisation.

Our senior staff bring their expertise to innovation policy discussions at regional, federal and European level. Some examples are our participation in the H2020 Advisory Group on Energy, the Women Entrepreneurship Sector Group in the EEN, Baden-Württemberg’s ERDF Monitoring Committee and our lead in the Working Group on Technology Transfer in the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

Find out more about our expertise and the services we offer our clients in financing innovation, innovation management, innovation policy, market entry and internationalisation, events and training below. 

Financing Innovation

European research programmes provide funding for research and innovation. We help our industry and research-based clients to source appropriate EU funding programmes. We advise on Horizon 2020 participation as well as other EU programmes including Eurostars, COSME and INTERREG. We accompany our clients from the idea for a new product to market entry and offer support in applying for and implementing European innovation projects. We tailor our services to individual client needs.

We provide the following advisory services:

  • EU Innovation Financing
  • Promotion of SMEs
  • Financing Growth

Innovation Management

The competitiveness of companies, particularly SMEs, is largely determined by their ability to generate and develop innovation products and processes and introduce these to the market. Innovation management – the systemic planning and management of innovation processes in companies - plays an important role. We offer tailored support to our clients in analysing innovation ideas and transforming them into marketable products.

We provide the following services:

  • Strategy and concept development
  • Knowledge management
  • Protection and exploitation of innovation
  • Open Innovation
  • Project management
  • Gender & Diversity as a factor for innovation

Market Entry and Internationalisation

The continued globalisation of markets compels companies in innovative sectors to internationalise. The first step is often about gaining a foothold in neighbouring country markets. This still presents Small and Medium-sized enterprises with a massive challenge. Insecurity prevails due to deficits in information, cultural differences and financial risk in the high-tech sector often paired with the fear of sharing technological know-how.

Our services include:

  • The preparation and initiation of strategic innovation partnerships
  • Facilitating access to European and international markets
  • Commercialisation of innovation and research results in Europe

Innovation Policy

As the operational unit of the Commissioner for Europe of the Minister of Finance and Economics Baden-Württemberg, we have regular dialogue with political administrations and functionaries at the regional level. We consult with the European Commission, in particular the Directorates General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Research & Innovation. The focus of our expertise and the services we offer are primarily:

  • Key enabling technologies and their use in industry
  • Smart Specialisation through innovation and cooperation
  • Networks and clusters as innovation eco-systems
  • Regional innovation macro-strategies
  • Analytical studies and the development of recommendations
  • Gender & Diversity as a field of action for innovation policy

 

Events and Training

Designing and implementing events of all sizes to provide information on a whole range of innovation-relevant topics is a service provided by our team of event specialists in cooperation with our thematic experts. Our event portfolio includes informative congresses, discussion-based events and matchmaking events at regional, national and European level.

We also offer specialised training courses in innovation topics regionally and all over Europe. As well as our standardised training courses, we can provide specialised training sessions in all areas of our expertise on request.

  • Event management
  • Training courses