Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum

Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH Germany

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SIG) is part of the Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH. SIG is, as well, part of the Steinbeis network for technology transfer with over 700 centres making part of the regions innovation activities through the Commissioner for Europe of the Minister of Economic Affairs of Baden-Württemberg. SIG's core activity is to promote RTD programmes and to support cross-border technology transfer. From 1995 to 2007 SIG was the coordinator of the Innovation Relay Centre Stuttgart-Erfurt-Zurich comprising 2 German states and the German speaking part of Switzerland. Since 2008 SIG is partner of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) of Baden-Württemberg. SIG is also National Contact Point for SME measures in FP6 and FP7. The core activities of SIG within the Innovation System of Baden-Württemberg comprise, among many others:

  • assisting industrial companies in participating in European R&TD;
  • promoting cross-border technology transfer;
  • stimulating and supporting the innovation process in industrial companies;
  • supporting the regional key players (regional development agencies etc.) in getting involved in trans-national networks;
  • supporting trans-national initiatives of the region for good practice exchange in innovation issues like entrepreneurship, business succession, women entrepreneurship,
    incubators and start-up support from universities;
  • supporting the implementation of regional foresight strategies in regional innovation,
  • supporting the establishment and internationalization of networks and clusters.

TRAFOON Successful Open Innovation case:

Dirfis Mushrooms in close collaboration with scientists from the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart) Germany developed dried mushroom products, naturally-enriched with vitamin D in a sustainable way using a innovative solar drying technology.

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Priority environmental contaminants in seafood: safety assessment, impact and public perception
Priority environmental contaminants in seafood: safety assessment, impact and public perception
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 613912