ifempower. Iceland.

20./21.03.2019, Bifröst, Iceland: 2nd Transnational meeting for ifempower project

Partnering other 8 well-reputed institutions from 6 EU countries, STC EAST-WEST Joint-Ventures from Germany is deeply involved in supporting female empowerment in the field of entrepreneurship. Thus, ifempower project which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union is aimed to implement this concept at the academic level. An innovative module on entrepreneurship will be accredited and launched at partner universities for 2 semesters. The module is addressed to female students who will benefit also from practical guidance and knowledge though the mentorship component of this module.

Project started in September 2018 and it is designed for 3 years during which the research-based module will be piloted between March 2020 -July 2021.

STC director Jurgen Raizner participated together with project manager Roxana Boboruta at the meeting organized by the Icelandic partner in this project. Bifröst University is an active member of the Icelandic and European research communities, hosting many independent research centres.

Priority of the discussions in Bifröst were the curriculum of entrepreneurship studies and the teaching material. Main responsibility of Steinbeis in this project is to design and pilot the mentorship program.

Results of the preparatory research study conducted by HÉTFA Research Institute were presented to partners as primary basis for the 2 days of debates. Steinbeis contributed to this research with interview-based knowledge from 7 German female entrepreneurs and 3 experts from which some are very interested in playing an active role in the future mentorship program.

Mentorship program is one course in ifempower curriculum and it is recommended to be understood as an “organic part of the module”. Mentors will take students to their enterprises and they provide professional tasks or show-up during courses. Thus in terms of practice (internship), students will get opportunity to work with mentors, assist their work, and get familiar with the general way of leading an enterprise. Mentorship program in the international curricula contributes also to promote successful education models, in this case – dual education. Innovative model is to combine mentorship and internship in a project competence study what is to be understood as basis for dual education.

A mentorship handbook serving especially universities but also Entrepreneurship Support Points (as component of current project), describing the complete mentorship program will be elaborated in English language and translated into Icelandic, German, Hungarian and Romanian by February 2020.

Mentorship program will be designed on best practice examples from Steinbeis university and other already existing successful female mentorship German programs which were analyzed by our Steinbeis center in advance.

Stay tuned with the evolution of the project on www.ifempower.eu

Global Economic Leaders Summit 2017

Invited as VIP participants to GELS 2017, Ana Turcan and Jürgen Raizner created a strong connection with China. Central and Eastern Europa is a region with great potential for doing business with China. From August 30th to September 1st the GELS 2017 was an excellent platform for promoting investment and innovation – perfectly in line with the Belt and Road Initiative.

The Global Economic Leaders Summit took place for the 5th time in Changchun, Jilin Province in North-East China.


Export Day Austria 2017

Vienna: SDC Director Ana Turcan at Export Day. A unique opportunity is provided by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce every year, to meet and exchange valuable information between Export-oriented companies in all industries. Approximately 2,800 visitors, more than 30 exporting service companies, more than 70 experts from all over the world were at common disposal for consultation. The discussed topics brought an insight about the goals of Austrian companies for the next years.

The participants could inspire themselves from the organised sessions on:

  • The Future of New Materials – The fabric from which innovations are knitted;
  • Economy 4.0 – Digitization of trade and industry
  • The Future of Money – Innovation through Start-Ups
  • Back to Basics – Innovative Simplification
  • Artificial Intelligence – How artificial intelligence changes our lives
  • The Future of Cyber and Data Security – data security affects all of us

Steinbeis Danube Center together with STC EAST-WEST Joint Ventures are implementing a series of projects in the fields mentioned above. Some of them are in fields of protecting enterprises against cyber attacts (Cyber Security). Others in field of start-ups development (e.g. Digitization of Public Transport; Trading Waste and Secondary Raw Materials).

The organiser of the Export Day 2017 makes available the presentations of the speakers and a video/photo gallery.

Investment Management Exhibition IME 2017

Investment Management Exhibition IME 2017

06.04.2017: The Investment Management Exhibition in Frankfurt/Germany is an unique conference and exhibition at the same time, aiming to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), with a focus on PPP- Public Private Partnership and Economic free zones/industry parks.

Both, Ms. Ana Turcan and Mr. Jürgen Raizner presented business opportunities in the Central and Eastern Europe. Highly promissin discussions took place with representatives from Kazhakstan, China, Moldova,…

The IME 2017 was a great opportunity for discussing Public Private Partnerships Projects, tfor marketing international projects and doing networking with global decision-makers from both the public and private sectors.

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Steinbeis Engineering Day 2017

Steinbeis Engineering Day 2017

Smart manufacturing connectivity, industrial field sensors, micro test beds, industry 4.0 production performance management, communication and control for microgrid applications, data glasses – are only some of the new era subjects presented and described at the Steinbeis Engineering Day organized by the Steinbeis Foundation in Stuttgart. Steinbeis Donau Zentrum Directors Ana Turcan and Jürgen Raizner were present to get the latest information on producers and developers of the new generation products which are integrated into the industrial production market already. Once more Steinbeis has proven the top status of being a leading promoter of innovation. Through our network, we are always updated on latest technologies. This way, we make possible that the latest technologies make your life easier. Please do not hesitate in contacting us if you want to fill in the gap between you and the Industry 4.0.

Steinbeis colleague Dr. Somalingam presents his Android based applications on Augmented Reality Smart Glasses to Ana Turcan
13. Vienna Economic Forum – Vienna Future Dialogue 2016

13. Vienna Economic Forum – Vienna Future Dialogue 2016

For the 13th time, on November 21st, the November-Edition of Vienna Economic Forum – THE european economic platform based in Vienna, brought together with great interest, high-ranking representatives and visionairies of the economy, politics and diplomacy of the region, of Europe and other continents at the Novomatic Forum.