Entrepreneurship. Incubation, research commercialisation

Working with universities, research institutions and regional stakeholders such as regional development agencies and chambers of commerce for the last decades, inno Germany has implemented major initiatives in the field of entrepreneurship and commercialisation. The spectrum covers the initiation and management of start-up initiatives, entrepreneurship coaching and various types of network building related to entrepreneurship initiatives, founders or incubators.

Being at the forefront of innovation policy development in Germany, inno was part of the network KEIM – Karlsruhe start-up impulse, one of five winning model initiatives in the then newly founded EXIST Programme aiming at improving the entrepreneurial environment at universities and research institutions as well as at increasing the number of technology and knowledge based business start-ups. inno was a significant driver in the set-up of the KEIM initiative in 1997 and provided management support throughout the life time of the model initiative, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research from 1998 to 2005 and afterwards for further three years by the Ministry of Economy of the Land Baden-Württemberg.

KEIM has not only succeeded in becoming a successful and well-known initiative in the field of stimulation and support of start-ups in Germany, but has in the meantime become known all over Europe due to several successfully executed European projects. An important project in this field is the KREO network which is jointly run by KEIM and inno Germany. This network includes the partner regions Karlsruhe/Pforzheim, Oxford, Rhône-Alpes and Emilia-Romagna which exchange and further develop exemplary modules in the field of start-up support. The KREO partners have all been selected as “Regions of Excellence“ by the European Commission in the framework of the PAXIS Initiative for the third time already.

Another prominent example in this context was the Gate2Growth Incubator Forum (2002 – 2007), setting up a Europe-wide network of business start-up initiatives and incubators cooperating closely with higher education and research institutions and involving more than 130 members from 28 European countries.
Until today, our project activities are closely connected with topics of entrepreneurship and new business creation.

Featured projects

Gate2Growth – Incubator Forum

The Incubator Forum was a pan-European network of professional managers of technology incubators and incubators linked to research institutes and universities. It was supported by the Enterprise Directorate General of the European Commission as part of its Gate2Growth initiative.

The project’s main aim was the information and experience exchange among start-up centres and the establishment of higher professional standards in supporting innovative start-ups at a European level.

The project was co-ordinated by inno Germany from June 2002 until December 2006. After the end of the financing...



KREO is a network of the regions Karlsruhe/Pforzheim (DE), Rhône-Alpes (FR), Emilia-Romagna (I) and Oxfordshire (UK) which was created in the framework of the PAXIS programme (Pilot Action of Excellence on Innovative Start-ups - RP5, INNOVATION-SME) with the aim of starting a transnational experience exchange.

In the framework of the project, the region of Karlsruhe was awarded twice by the EC with the “Award of Excellence for Innovative Regions” (2000 and 2002) and once with the “Award of Excellence in Innovation Transfer” (2004). This highlights that the region has developed a...


KEIM e.V. – KEIMforum e.V.

inno Germany was significantly involved in the conception of the Karlsruher Existenzgründungs-Impuls (Karlsruhe start-up impulse) KEIM which was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the framework of the EXIST programme. inno supported the KEIM partners in project management and organisation, accompanied the development of the KEIM e.V. to KEIMforum e.V. and is today its first private sector member.

In the framework of EXIST-transfer, inno supported 16 of the 45 regional start-up networks during their application in the first selection phase and 10 of them...