Innovation Support Measures

This subproject organizes the innovation-supporting measures for all partners of the cluster. The following objectivesare based on the cluster strategy:

  • Updating, focusing and readjusting the cluster strategy.
  • Provision of analyses (competition, markets, IP landscape, etc.)
  • Support of further project acquisition (program scouting, matchmaking)
  • Sustainable competence and resource building
  • Increasing the innovation capacity of the cluster actors
  • Implementation of an open innovation culture
  • Raising awareness and providing information for spin-off activities
  • Support for company start-ups from the cluster environment
  • Increasing the visibility/awareness of the cluster, its goals, its health and socio-political significance, and its relation to the BMBF's Clusters4Future program among all stakeholders and the public at large

The project partners contribute to the achievement of these goals as follows.

Steinbeis Europa Zentrum:

As an innovation partner, the Steinbeis Europa Zentrum coordinates the continuation of the joint cluster and R&D strategy. For this purpose, environment analyses, foresight studies and trend observations are carried out with the help of market studies and via direct expert surveys. The overarching goal is to perpetuate scientific and technological developments and accelerate the innovation process. The aim is to ensure that disruptive services, products and spin-offs are created that are geared to the needs of the general public and prove themselves in the market environment in the long term, in order to strengthen regional and national value creation and the business location in the long term.

University of Freiburg:

With the help of the requested staff positions, the University of Freiburg organizes advanced training and workshops for all cluster actors. Here, in addition to low-threshold, cross-generational scientific exchange, access to open innovation methods and agile project management as well as motivational experiences and basic knowledge on how to start a business are imparted. Furthermore, the University of Freiburg is in charge of organizing the cluster-internal Leap Innovation Competition.


In addition to the overall coordination of the cluster, Hahn-Schickard assumes essential tasks for horizontal technology transfer and the establishment of future-oriented cross-sectional technologies. For this purpose, a new working group "Cross-Sectional Technologies" is initiated at the Freiburg site of Hahn-Schickard. Further tasks of Hahn-Schickard are advanced training and workshops on regulatory affairs as well as marketing and public relations measures for the entire cluster.


Many actors from the cluster participate as multipliers in this subproject: Individual employees will for example participate in the training courses and workshops and implement what they have learned there in their respective institutions and pass it on to the other employees there.