Premiere at the FZI House of Living Labs

The first breakfast workshop of the FZI Friends’ Association took place on July 22, 2019 on the topic of "State R&D funding does not reach small and medium-sized enterprises!" at the FZI House of Living Labs.

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The FZI celebrated a premiere with a new event format and invited on Monday, July 22, 2019 together with the DIZ | Digital Innovation Centre to the first breakfast workshop into the FZI House of Living Labs. Knowledge transfer, breakfast and networking were on the agenda.

How to: Apply for state subsidies

After the welcoming speech by the FZI Department Manager Roman Korf, the workshop started with a keynote speech by Tabea Dick. The lecturer is project manager at the department 43 "Existenzgründung und Unternehmensnachfolge" (business start-ups and succession) of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing. One of the department 43's task is to support start-ups and SMEs in Baden-Württemberg. Within the department, she manages the funding programme "Innovation Vouchers" for small and medium-sized enterprises and innovative start-ups. The funding programme addresses enterprises that want to make use of research- and development services.

Did you ever think about applying for an innovation voucher? 

Tabea Dick reported from practical experiences and explained the procedure for the simple application for innovation vouchers in detail: "What is funded? Who is supported? How is support provided?" Dick answered these questions and explained the subject, type and scope of the funding as well as further frameworks, which have to be fulfilled by the applicant. In an informative lecture, she gave the participants of the workshop an understanding of the idea of a simple and unbureaucratic application for subsidies at the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.

Are you familiar with other ways of applying for subsidies?

Jana Deckers, department manager at the FZI as well as spokeswoman for the research sector "Production and Logistics", presented the funding programme "KMU-innovativ" (priority for cutting-edge research in SMEs) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and explained on practical examples, how KMU-innovativ projects come into being and can be applied for. She reported from the working group "IT Innovations in Production" in particular, which is managed by the FZI in the framework of the funding initiative. She began her vivid lecture "Forschen, aber wie?" (Researching, but how?) with the definition of the term "research", reported on the cycle of research and addressed project details, project objectives and funding opportunities. Deckers gave a valuable insight into the cooperation of research and industry.

At the breakfast buffet, the presented topics were discussed further and experiences were exchanged in a lively way. The lecturers were personally available to answer individual questions. The breakfast workshop ended after two hours with a guided tour the Living Labs of the FZI. The new format of the breakfast workshop of the FZI's Friends Association was well received. The FZI Friends' Association is a network of enterprises and other non-profit organisations that support the work of the FZI and maintain contact amongst themselves as well as with the FZI for this purpose. The next event of the FZI Friends’ Association will take place on October 22, 2019. More details on the FZI Friends’ Association can be found on our website.

Further information on the topic of "innovation vouchers" can be found on the web page of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing.

Please feel free to contact us, if you are interested in a joint research project. We have presented here, how a cooperation could look like.