Baden Württemberg: Connected e.V.

Germany: Baden-Württemberg
Dr. Jürgen Jähnert

Overview

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About us

Baden-Württemberg: Connected represents a strong regional community. Baden-Württemberg is one of the economically strongest regions in Germany and Europe. A network of excellent research institutions and powerful industrial clusters are the base of the region's global competitiveness.

bwcon is the leading business initiative for the promotion of the high-tech sectors in the region with offices in Stuttgart and Freiburg. Established in 1997, the main goal of the network organization is to foster key-technologies in order to strengthen the region's economic development. Therefore, the focus of bwcon lies on information and communication technologies (ICT) which are seen as the innovation drivers for other industrial fields, such as mobility, production, health care and energy.

Today, bwcon connects more than 600 member companies and research institutions, represented by a honorary board composed of distinguished personalities. This eco-system creates a truly unique platform for cross-sector cooperation between developers, users and investors.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 618
    Cluster Members
  • 449
    SME's
  • 23
    Large Companies
  • 67
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 0
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

A field in which we estimate bwcon especially competitive is business development and business plan coaching for the hightech sector. With the Heidelberg Innovation Forum (www.heidelberg-innovationforum.eu) we run one of the leading investment matchmakings in Germany for several years now. With the Green Innovation and Investment Forum (www.green-inno-forum.de) we also have a taylored format for Green Tec. The bwcon Coaching Group for startups is one of the most reknown expert pools for business plan development in Baden-Württemberg.

Management team

Jähnert Dr. Jürgen
Cluster Manager
Nieveler Anja
Cluster Manager
Melisa Oezkan
Cluster Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Creative Industries

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Further information

For its members the cluster offers cross-industrial collaboration amongst start-ups, companies and research organizations within the ICT- and hightech-sector.

  • Networking and matchmaking at our conferences, roundtables and seminars
  • Exchange amongst experts in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) on trending topics in the ICT- and hightech-sector
  • Individual support for regional, national and EU project cooperations and funding programmes
  • Professional consultation on start-ups and growth by accredited specialists
  • Access to substantial investors and strong financing partners
  • Systematic matchmaking with outstanding talents and innovative start-ups
  • Online job-portal and targeted placement of professionals

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG

Name & description

Selection:

  • Go Cluster! - German national support programme for business development of cluster organizations
  • Mittelstand digital - German national support programme for innovation in SMEs

Project name

Selection:

  • Cloud Socket (funded in Horizon2020, www.cloudsocket.eu): Cloud Socket aims to put forth the idea of a “hybrid process” modelling framework applying well-known techniques for semantic, rule-based inference, meta modelling and knowledge management techniques to bridge the gap between business needs and the use and exploitation of Cloud resources and components.
  • FI Business (funded in FP7, www-fiware-business.eu): FI Business supports startups and SMEs that have been selected by one of the sixteen FIWARE accelerators in preparing their go-to-market strategy as well as in raising private funding. Services comprise EU-wide training bootcamps, business recognition workshops, online webinars covering all relevant business development topics, one-on-one coaching, online pitches and the participation at high-level investment forums.
  • InvestHorizion (funded in Horizon2020, www.investhorizon.eu): The InvestHorizon project aims to boost the investment awareness and readiness amongst innovative SMEs and improve the sensitization of investors and innovation intermediaries across Europe. It will address the difficulty of matching technology-based innovative companies with sufficiently specialized investors, especially at cross-border level, helping entrepreneurs to secure investment in early innovation phases.

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Brazil
China
Israel
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Austria
France
Italy
Spain
Sweden

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

In the context of our partnership MobiGoIn we organize focused international B2B matchings among SMEs, Start-ups and Research Institutions with a special aim at the (new) mobility sector. Such meetings take place for example in Paris or in Heidelberg (Germany).

Membership in Cluster Partnerships or initiatives

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