Germany needs strong and efficient innovation clusters. Companies and research institutions that co-operate with one another are able to profit from each other's strengths and skills. Working within a cluster makes it is easier to develop ideas. When brought together, the diverse set of experience held by all the different members of a cluster also helps companies to implement good ideas in a targeted manner, thanks to the concentration of synergies and skills. Sound cluster management is also a necessary foundation for success.
The aims of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology's go-cluster project are as follows:
- To further develop German clusters and turn them into highly effective international clusters
- To undertake regular analyses of trends in international cluster policy in order to make recommendations for necessary developments in German cluster policy
- To provide partial support towards the development and implementation of novel cluster services in order to give cluster managers an incentive to create new services.
GiS Cluster Salzburg
GIS-Cluster Salzburg is an union of SMEs which concentrates on operations within the field of geo-information. Since 1999, these SMEs and scientific institutions have joined forces to set up the GIS-Cluster Salzburg.
bavAIRia e.V. was authorized by the Bavarian government in 2006 to manage both cluster »Luft- und Raumfahrt« (space travel) and »Satellitennavigation« (satellite navigation). Aim is to identify the Bavarian core competences in the fields of aviation, space travel and satellite navigation and to build stronger links between the key partners in order to retain and increase global competitiveness of these branches. An overview of the activities of bavAIRia e.V.: technology, business models, internationalising, marketing, networking, education and training.
GIplus stands for modern digital geoinformation (GI). Scientific questions are part of this set of issues as well as solutions based on GI technology that are transformed into applications and have become an integral part of our everyday life.
Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen
Within the framework of High-Tech-Offensive Bavaria, the first German incubator for the growth areas of navigation, satellite and mobile communication as well as geo-information was started at the end of 2001. Before then the incubator belonged to German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and in 2005 it was transformed into an independent company called Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen(AZO) and is owned today by private and public shareholders.
Invest in Bavairia
Invest in Bavairia is the service company of Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology and Bayern International GmbH. As the most important German location for space travel with approximately one third of the total workforce of this branch, Bavaria is substantially involved in the construction of Galileo satellites. To name two examples, EADS-Astrium and Kayser-Threde - both located in Munich - present an important contribution to the development of the satellites.
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
Against the background of setting up the European satellite navigation system Galileo, the development of applications that are based on this system, are getting more and more important. Galileo is the European counterpart to the American satellite navigation system GPS. Within the framework of the project GATE (Galileo Test and Development Environment), commissioned by the German Aerospace Centre, a ground based, realistic test bed is created. It is used in order to particularly cover the needs of receiver manufacturers and application developers.
Forum für Satellitennavigation
The forum for satellite navigation supports the cooperation of German regional initiatives. It strengthens the exchange of experiences and information and a nation-wide networking of companies, science, associations, administration and end clients as much as possible. The German Federal Ministry of Transport, Construction and Urban Affairs (BMVBS) regards itself as presenter and patron of the Forum for Satellite Navigation.
Major focus is put on:
- information provided by BMVBS for regional networks and their members
- capturing of information from networks and the bundling of this information by BMVBS
- improving the cooperation between the networks
- external presentation
- involvement of users and appliers
The Interessengemeinschaft Güterverkehrszentrum Hafen Nürnberg (IGVZ) e.V. was founded in 1996 by companies, associations and organisations as a registered association. The IGVZ e.V. supports the promotion of the
Güterverkehrszentrum (GVZ) Hafen Nürnberg and identifies itself as a representative for the companies in the GVZ aswell as for those in the neighbourhood of the harbour.
ROSIK stands for Rosenheimer Initiative zur Förderung der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik. We are creating a profile as center for information- and communication technology in the the economic area of Rosenheim.
The Fachhochschule Salzburg - Salzburg University of Applied Sciences - offers interdisciplinary, bachelor and master programmes geared to the needs of the labour market in the innovation-oriented areas of Information Technologies, Business and Tourism, Media and Design, Health Studies and Social Work as well as Wood and Biogene Technologies.
TiS innovation park
Driving force for innovation, cooperation and transfer of technologies
The TIS innovation park sees itself both as a centre as well as a driving force for innovation, cooperation and transfer of technologies for all stakeholders in innovation, but above all, for individual companies.
- provides an area for economic development and stability through innovation, cooperation and transfer of technologies;
- is a centre for those pioneering innovation;
- links the economy with science.
It serves as a gateway to the latest technological trends, as an institution for translating academic and international knowledge into economic exploitation and concrete applications, and promotes innovative projects within small and medium-sized companies.