Danube Innovation and Technology Transfer Centres
Establishing technology transfer centres in the frame of the European Danube strategy
Innovation and technological progress are driving force for strengthening competitiveness of enterprises. It makes an economy able to rapidly adapt to changing market conditions. The German federal state of Baden-Württemberg is one of the most innovative regions, not only in the EU but also worldwide. Willing to pass on the experience and knowledge of many years of successful economic development to other countries and convinced of the economic potential of the Danube Region, Baden-Württemberg seeks to improve and support the economic collaboration within the EUSDR (EU Strategy for the Danube Region) area.
The main objective of the project consisted in the implementation of pilots Danube Innovation and Technology Transfer Centers (DTC-Danube Transfer Center). The DTCs pilots are organised as “one-stop-shops”, mainly for SMEs with one common approach and strategy. DTC can be located e.g. at universities or other organisations which are active in applied research. First Danube Transfer Centers are located in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Bratislava, Nitra (Slovakia) and Novi Sad (Serbia).
Mission is to link industry and research and to build a transnational network of DTCs in order to ensure the involvement of international experts at any stage. Furthermore, they are regional hosts for common projects regarding innovation and technology transfer.
The network of DTC also makes the link between the existing stakeholders and networks in order to bundle the efforts, create synergies between existing projects and prepare a Joint Action Plan for Innovation and Technology Transfer in the Danube Region for the period 2014 – 2020.
Setting-up Danube Transfer Centers was a pilot project of Priority Area 8 within EUSDR. Financial support was given by the Ministry of State of Baden-Württemberg. The project was implemented by Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, Stuttgart, represented in this pilot project by Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum and Steinbeis-Donau-Zentrum.
Project Duration: 09/2012-02/2014
Countries involved: Germany, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia