Start-up BW Summit 2019

Steinbeis enterprises from Romania and Ukraine were exhibitors at Baden-Württemberg’s major event on start-ups, organized by the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing Baden-Württemberg.

Event resulted in a great networking opportunity to present STM’s newest services for enterprises and other actors working on innovation. The 25.000 m² hall of Landesmesse opened for 350 start-ups from Baden-Württemberg and international partner regions, 400 B2B partners from large corporations and SMEs, VCs, Business Angels – and 5,000 participants!

Jürgen Raizner and Ana Turcan took the chance to visit most of the exhibitors in order to get update with the latest innovative start-ups and their solutions. For two ongoing European projects, European Early Innovators Program and ifempower, new connections are established as relevant stakeholders were among the exhibitors. State Secretary Katrin Schütz visited Steinbeis stand and got acquainted with the competence group of Steinbeis Centers in Bucharest, Stuttgart, Uzhgorod and Vienna.

Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann and the Minister of Economic Affairs, Dr. Ing. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, were enthusiastic about the high level of response received by the second, even more international, summit of the state campaign. The minister announced to establish the Start-up BW Summit as the central event in Baden-Württemberg’s start-up scene. In bilateral discussion with Jürgen Raizner, Minister Hoffmeister-Kraut thanked him for his commitment in promoting female entrepreneurship (ifempower).

Steinbeis Transfer Management S.r.l. in Romania participated at the event as support organisation for start-ups. Priority is given on knowledge based businesses. In most cases those are established in cooperation with technology transfer centers (Steinbeis Network Romania), hosted by universities. STM also designs and implements projects to foster the establishment of start-ups, e.g. the European Early Innovators Initiative (project of Danube Strategic Project Fund) or ifempower (Erasmus+).

Ukrainian Steinbeis Transfer Management Ltd. is established as a technology transfer center in partnership with University Uzhgorod. Students of this well known and highly recognized Ukrainian university develop promising projects with high potential to become succesful start-ups. Three examples: Compositions of essential oils with wide range of antimicrobial activity | Remote monitoring system with elements of augmented reality for fireworkers | Autonomous Injection Module Device. Steinbeis supports those young scientists.

Both Steinbeis enterprises, the Romanian as well as the Ukrainian, received strong attention from participating start-ups who look for suppliers. Discussed topics, among others: software development in Ukraine, manufacturing prototypes in Romania.

Turcan and Raizner with State Secretary Schopper in Poland

From 3rd to 5th of May 2017, was organised a Delegation trip by Mrs. Theresa Schopper, the State Secretary of the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg to the City of Łódź, Poland. The mission of the delegation was to establish a strong link between the two regions in different sectors: academic, business and administrative for future technology transfer and collaboration. Steinbeis Danube Center attended the delegation as representatives of the business sector of the Baden-Württemberg land. Interesting projects were discussed with the Lodz Regional Development Agency, the Regional Policy department and the Entrepreneurship Department of the Marschal’s office of Lodz. During the event, we were able to visit the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of the city of Lodz, which is an area designated by the Polish Government, where business activity can be conducted on preferential terms. Many international companies are the beneficiaries of the SEZ of the city of Lodz. Best practice example was presented by the well known-company “Häring” is one of the leading manufacturers of precision components and subassemblies for the automotive industry. They have more than 2000 employees in the SEZ Lodz. Steinbeis Danube Center plans a series of activities between the two regions, in order to support the revitalization of the historic industrial areas of the city of Lodz together with the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg.

(Photo: Staatssekretärin Theresa Schopper und Woiwodschaftsmarschall Witold Stępień)

One Day, Two High-Level Meetings

One Day, Two High-Level Meetings

Minister Peter Friedrich visits Bucharest – and together with the delegation from Baden-Württemberg he is guest of honor in Haus der Donau. On this occasion USAMV and STM sign a MoU. Linking Baden-Württemberg and Romania: Members of the National Advisory Board for implementing EUSDR meet the delegation from Baden-Württemberg.

Assembly Meeting of National Advisory Board

The National Advisory Board for implementation of EUSDR meets in order to discuss its work program. Special guest: Co-ordinator of Priority Area 8, Dr. Hans-Peter Herdlitschka. Jürgen Raizner participates as permanent member of the Advisory Board and informs about Danube-INCO.NET, the official support and coordination action which addresses EUSDR in fields of research and innovation.

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Signing Ceremony of USAMV and STM

Prof. Doru Pamfil, Rector of USAMV Cluj-Napoca, and Jürgen Raizner sign the Memorandum of Understanding on establishing the Steinbeis Transfer Centre at USAMV Cluj-Napoca. Attending the signing ceremony: Minister Peter Friedrich, Baden-Württemberg, and Prof. Adrian Curaj.

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