Competence Centres Programme Stuttgart Region
Topic of the practice
local economic development; support to SMEs
Good Practice Information
A company's competitiveness will depend upon their willingness to co-operate with other companies, universities and research facilities. Regional Competence and Innovation Centres support network creation and provide an instrument for economic development, which will assist even SMEs to meet the challenges of global competition. Competence Centre Program has a a long-term strategy supporting triple-helix approach. Support strands: • Structural set-up support • Evaluation of project progress (beginning of 2003) • Project based support (since 2003)
Input: Support unit at Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation, support of the development of existing and new competence centres. Support of specific projects within the network.
Throughput: Support and consulting in the setup process. Moderation of the networks, Acquisition of grants, Brokerage of partners, Internal and external Communication support (e.g. communication platform, databases), Quality management.
Functional approach: Knowledge and science, technology base, Networking and collaboration / Cluster management, Open innovation
Thematic approach: Energy, Environment, climate change, ICT, Transport/Logistics, Mechanical engineering, Virtual engineering, Mechatronics, Industrial components and surface cleaning
Innovative coaching: Integrated approach on research valorisation: multidisciplinary teams, high value services, Innovation systems available in the region.
Research and technical development: Performing technological due diligence, developing a balanced innovation strategy (including R&D roadmap, balanced portfolio of short, medium and long term R&D objectives), identifying and providing access to specialised R&D equipment and facilities.
Operational approach: Creating infrastructure for the valorisation or transfer process.
(competence centers are located in several cities in the Stuttgart region, for example Waiblingen, Fellbach, Leonberg…)
Evidence of success
At present, ca. 400 enterprises (mostly small and medium sized companies), more than 40 university institutes and research facilities as well as 14 towns and municipalities committed themselves to participate actively in the 11 Regional Competence and Innovation Centers of the Stuttgart Region. The Stuttgart Region plays an active role in the implementation of these regional networks and supports their set-up, daily management and the initiation of innovative projects among the involved partner institutions.
Output: High level of participation: > 400 companies (80% SME) > 40 institutes and research facilities. Many co-¬operation and/or research projects initiated (private and public funded) > 130.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Dr. Andreas Findeis
Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH
Annex completed on: 10-10-2011