Joint innovation strategy of the States Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB)

The joint innovation strategy of the two Federal States Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB) was approved in 2011 and shows how the Capital Region is increasingly developing into a region internationally which is competitive as well as innovation. Started in 2007, both Federal Statest have deepened their cooperation and have sucessfully brought together all innovation policy players. Their strategy is focusing on even closer coordination in order to join ressources enabling the region to improve their international competitiveness.

The capital region, with its excellent research and technology expertise, already has a leading position in the German and international innovation landscape. To strengthen this position and shape the region’s profile, innoBB is concentrating on setting up and developing clusters with high development potential.

The Capital Region has defined clusters in the following areas:

  • Energy technology
  • Life sciences and healthcare,
  • ICT, media and the creative industries,
  • Photonics and
  • Mobility

These clusters consist of a significant number of competitive companies as well as institutions with high potentials in research & development. For that reason the companies in those innovative clusters have come up with higher growth rates compared to other fields of industry and production. The framework of the innoBB has helped these clusters reaching impressive positive results – a process that is hoped to continue and pick up eaven more in the future.

The cluster development offers clear added benefits for all participants. Above all, the innovative SMEs will be given the opportunity to develop their potential more competitively within the group of companies and science facilities, to contribute to regional added value in a broader context and as a result will also be able to position themselves within the international competition.

The clusters of the Capital Region are part of a broader economic and scientific environment. They are contributing with all the existing and developed assets – like multi-industry technologies and processes and cross-cutting themes such asclean technologies, security, materials and production and automation engineering. The cross-cutting themes increase the efficiency of the companies involved and promote newopportunities for improved inter-industry and inter-technology networking. The innoBB ensures efficient interaction of these themes with the clusters.

innoBB also defines the future strategic and organisational framework for ensuring the cross-border cluster development process. Both states will actively use their political room for manoeuvre to achieve this. The close cooperation and coordination is focused on further harmonisation of the promotion of innovation and technology and on maintaining and developing the innovation infrastructure.

Within the cross-border cooperation, further implementation of the innovation strategy and future cluster development and overlapping topics, such as the merger and further development of the science and technology transfer system, are coordinated.

The clusters, with their following fields of action, are supported by cross-border management structures, which push forward the cluster profiling and ensure strategic development of the cooperation and project structures. International networking and systematic integration into EU funding support structures are of particular importance here. With this in mind, the joint innovation strategy is closely based on the current Europe 2020 strategy of the European Union.