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1 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Encouraging innovation in business and science – Good practices at regional level – The example of NRW Peter Wolfmeyer, Managing Director, ZENIT GmbH Innovation Conference Innovative Silesia, Katowice, 16 th June 2011

2 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW What is a Good Practice? North Rhine-Westphalia ZENIT GmbH and the Enterprise Europe Network PROvendis GmbH Cluster competitions Innovation Assistant / European Assistant PFAU Conclusions Content

3 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Good Practice, Best Practice? Or Better Practice? A Good Practice can be defined as a technique, method, process or activity which is believed to be more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other when applied to a particular condition or circumstance. The thinking is that a desired outcome can be delivered with the right approach with fewer problems and unforeseen complications. Good Practices can also be defined as the most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way of accomplishing a task, based on repeatable procedures that have proven themselves over time for large numbers of people. A Good Practice is not necessarily a Best Practice (which assumes there is only one solution), i.e. there can be several Good Practices for the same situation. Current thinking inclines however towards Better Practices...

4 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW NRW Area34,088 km Population 18 million Population density526/km GDP522 billion Universities68 Non-univ. research facilities54 Technology centres/incubators50 Technology transfer units30 SMEs763,000 Clusters 16 2009 Source: IT.NRW Satellite picture with light emitted by London, Paris and Ruhr region, courtesy of RUHR.2010 North Rhine-Westphalia in a nutshell

5 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Commerce and industry in NRW – still going strong Bertelsmann AG (1835) Media (publishing, radio, TV, music…) Krupp AG (1848) Steel industry Bayer AG (1863) Chemicals and pharmaceuticals industry Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (1876) Consumer products (detergents, cosmetics) Thyssen AG (1891) Coal mining (since 1999 ThyssenKrupp AG) Hugo Stinnes GmbH (1892) Coal, shipping Haribo GmbH & Co. KG (1920) Food (confectionery) Aldi AG (1946) (since 1950 Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd) Commercial enterprise (supermarket chain)

6 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Source: MIWF, 2011 Universities in NRW

7 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Non-university research institutions in NRW Source: MIWF, 2011

8 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Science and business – powerful partnerships E.ON Energy Research Centre = RWTH Aachen University + E.ON AG DMRC – Direct Manufacturing Research Centre = Paderborn University + Boeing, Evonik Industries and others ICAMS – Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation = Bochum Ruhr University + ThyssenKrupp AG, Bayer Material Science AG, Salzgitter AG, Robert Bosch GmbH

9 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Successful example of PPP - ZENIT GmbH Zentrum für Innovation und Technik GmbH in North Rhine- Westphalia (NRW) Founded in 1984 as a Public Private Partnership to support the structural change in North Rhine-Westphalia Shareholders: Netzwerk ZENIT e.V. Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia Consortium of banks Employees: about 45 Turnover: 5 million (2010)

10 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Europe Mediation of cooperation partners Information on European Single Market Support in internationalisation Funding Consulting/information on national/EU funding programmes Evaluation of project ideas and proposals Technology & innovation Initiation of international technology and know-how transfer Support of innovation management Technology and innovation assessment Consulting portfolio

11 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Project example: Silesia – NRW A project in the framework of INTERREG IIIC - Wojewodschaft Silesia (PL) - Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (D) - Conseil Régional of Nord-Pas de Calais (F) Duration: 2004 – 2007 Background: Memorandum of Understanding between Siliesia and NRW of 01.09.2000 Objective: To widen and deepen existing trilateral links and co-operation between the participating regional governments, as well as public and private regional bodies/actors and the population at large Three project sub-areas: Industrial Restructuring, Social Policy and Modern Administration with 15 individual projects implemented Regional Triangle of Weimar

12 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Technical evaluator, project secretariat Policy evaluation Regional structural policy Sectoral initiatives/cluster analyses/cluster development Entrepreneur delegations, organisation of exhibition participation Services for the public sector

13 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW The Enterprise Europe Network Key instrument of European SME policy (link between European Commission and SMEs) Mission: One-stop shop 581 partners in 48 countries Activities: Provision of EU-related information, support in internationalisation, partner search and mediation, assistance in technology and know-how transfer, innovation management, funding and financing advice, etc. Thematic Sector Groups (e.g. environment, ICT, medical technology) European Commission Enterprise and Industry

14 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW The Network in NRW: NRW.Europa Germany: 13 Network partners with 55 information and advice centres In North Rhine-Westphalia:

15 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Kielce Warsaw Wroclaw B2 Europe West Poland Coordinator: Wroclaw Centre for Technology Transfer, Wroclaw BSN South Poland Coordinator: Regional Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer, Kielce BISNEP Coordinator: University Technology Transfer Centre University of Warsaw Central Poland BSN Coordinator: Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP), Warsaw The Network in Poland: 30 partners in 4 consortia www.enterprise-europe-network.ec.europa.eu/about/branches/pl Annual Conference in Warsaw - 26.-28.09.2011!

16 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Enterprises, universities and research organisations which… Want to exploit market opportunities in the EU Want to make use of international procurement and supply markets Are seeking cooperation partners in the EU Are facing competition in the area of innovation and seek access to know-how and technologies Want to market existing knowledge abroad Require finance or funding for international activities Whom does the Network address?

17 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW PROvendis is a ZENIT spin-off established in October 2001 (independent since 2008), shareholders are 27 universities in NRW PROvendis is the patent marketing agency of the universities in NRW and one of the largest patent marketing agencies for universities in Europe Its mission is to utilize commercially the innovation potential of universities and research organisations through the rapid transfer of knowledge to enterprises An interdisciplinary team of experts offers enterprises exclusive access to the inventions and patents of over 20,000 scientists in a wide variety of high-end technology fields www.provendis.info PROvendis GmbH

18 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Aim is to secure long term competitiveness by establishing structures essential to sustainable innovation policy and to eliminate deficits Defined by the regional government as a main instrument for the selection of high-quality and innovative projects worthy of funding The competitions help the best ideas and concepts in the region to be put into practice on the basis of a fair and transparent process with clearly defined rules Five lead markets: Health, Energy, New Materials and Production Technologies, Transport and Logistics, Knowledge-intensive Production and Services. They are used above all for the 16 clusters in NRW, and some interdisciplinary topics Financed by ERDF (Objective 2) Cluster competitions

19 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW CM Health sector CM Medical research CM Biotechnology CM Automotive CM Food CM Logistics CM Nano/micro tech, materials CM Mech. + plant eng. CM Plastics CM Environmental tech. CM Media CM Energy research CM Chemicals CM Energy industry CM ICT CM Cultural & creative industry Activation of potential, etc. NRW clusters Lead markets Coordination Cluster secretariat State ministries Transport and logistics New materials and production technologies EnergyKnowledge-intensive production and services Healthcare 16 clusters in NRW

20 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Medical and health sector is the sector with the most jobs (over 1 million) and the most dynamic growth in NRW Initiative targets the formation of a cluster focussing on joint R&D projects between science and business through which new processes and products are generated in the short/medium term Aims are: T o identify, strengthen, bundle, expand and link existing competencies, through the establishment of a sustainable, internationally visible medical cluster and To improve NRWs competitive position in this sector at international level Project proposals are invited from consortia of universities and enterprises Example - InnoMeT.NRW

21 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW IPT - Innovative Personnel Transfer Objectives are reduction of skills bottlenecks in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and upgrading of career opportunities for higher education graduates Higher education graduates from universities and polytechnics receive assistance Personnel costs for 12 months are funded

22 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Outcomes The personnel costs of about 1.600 graduates have been funded since 1986 Participants remain at the enterprises as employees (50 - 65%) Additional project ideas Know-how transfer Contacts to higher education institutions Internationalisation of the enterprises activities

23 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW PFAU – Support for start-ups from universities Objectives: To minimise the personal and financial risks linked to starting a business To turn innovative ideas into products ready for market To develop product-oriented and innovative services so that they can be offered in the marketplace

24 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Who and what is funded? Graduates who received their last degree or doctorate less than two years ago and have a mentor at a university in NRW The enterprise must be located in NRW Funding via personnel costs amounting to a part-time research placement at a university (for the maximum duration of two years 1.000 net per month) In addition, a chequebook for consulting services amounting to 5.000 Euro Two seminars free-of-charge on topics relevant to start-ups, e.g. marketing and sales, project management, etc.

25 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Outcomes 565 business plans submitted 233 start-ups funded 2/3 services, 1/3 production 85% of the start-ups survive the first three years 4.8 jobs per start-up

26 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW A few FP 7 statistics for NRW and Poland 1224 participations by NRW players (coordinators in 194 cases), 921 participations by Polish organisations (coordinators in 100 cases) Project priorities: Poland more projects than NRW in Space, Security and Research Potential NRW more projects than Poland in ICT, NMP and International Cooperation 171 joint NRW-Polish projects with focus on ICT, NMP and Transport 438 participations by NRW universities, 356 by Polish universities 173.7 million for NRW universities, 67.4 million for our Polish counterparts Source: ECORDA Database Status: October 2010

27 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Example of FP7 Polish-NRW research projects (1) Title: JUMAS Topic: Judicial Management by Digital Libraries Semantics (knowledge, content and information management, data retrieval in the area of law) Coordinator: RWTH Aachen University Partners: 10, including ESAPROJEKT, Katowice Area: Judicial, semantics Programme: FP7 – ICT Type of project: Collaborative Project Launch: 2008 Duration: 30 months Status: Completed Total project volume: 3.83 million EU grant: 2.73 million http: www.jumasproject.eu

28 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Example of FP7 Polish-NRW research projects (2) Title: TRANS REG NCP Topic: Coordination action to improve trans-national co-operation of NCPs Coordinator: IPPT PAN, Warsaw Partners: 11, including DLR, Cologne Area: Enhancing S&T-based development Programme: FP7 – Regions of Knowledge Type of project: CSA-CA (Coordination Action) Launch: 2008 Duration: 48 months Status: Ongoing Total project volume: 529,408 EU grant: 399,782 http: www.transregncp.eu

29 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Key requirements of a Regional Innovation Strategy (1) A RIS must: Have clear goals Address the local situation Motivate all target groups to participate Have a framework of measurable operational criteria Be designed for long-term application yet also achieve short-term success Facilitate, initiate and support co-operation at all levels (local, regional, national and international, especially in the EU)

30 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Key requirements of a Regional Innovation Strategy (2) A RIS must: Demonstrate and promote exemplary success cases, e.g. in print media and Internet, and above all through innovation prizes Utilise, in adapted form if necessary, the many innovation support measures and good practices already existing in the EU Centre on a central innovation support agency in the region which is known and accepted in the target group Mobilise personal advisers with generalist knowledge rather than technical experts

31 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW General conclusions (1) Against this background and ZENITs experience with SME, R&D and innovation policy since the mid 1980s, the best practices are those which are SME-oriented facilitate the realisation of innovation create competence networks and other business start-up initiatives at regional level are integral parts of the regionalised structural policy to meet the challenges of the industrial change

32 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW General conclusions (2) The more regional structural change intensifies, the more regional innovation approaches are required Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are at the centre of structural change and have to anticipate and adapt to challenges that are occurring more and more rapidly In this respect, knowledge, know-how and entrepreneurship are becoming crucial aspects Thus regional innovation initiatives are becoming increasingly recognised as a valuable tool to foster economic development and regeneration

33 Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW Contact ZENIT GmbH Bismarckstr. 28 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr Germany Tel.: +49 208 30004-0 Email: info@zenit.de www.zenit.de


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