Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum der Steinbeis Innovation

SEZ (Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum) is an independent economic entity within the Steinbeis Foundation. It was founded in March 1990 as the operational unit of the Commissioner for Europe of Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Economics. SEZ’s core activity is to promote European RTD programmes and to support cross-border technology transfer. The SEZ team is made up of 45 well qualified members of staff.
The key activities of SEZ are to assist organisations to participate in European R&D projects, to support the management of international research projects, to give assistance in the exploitation of research results, to promote trans-national technology transfer, and to stimulate and support the innovation process in research-related entities. SEZ has a vast experience in the implementation of surveys and analyses (e.g. SWOT, Roadmapping, Foresight, market studies, etc.), whose results can be collated in the form of handbooks, recommendation papers or reports. Furthermore, SEZ has also a lot of know-how in
organising workshops and trainings for technology transfer.
SEZ has been involved in more than 70 European projects in the last years. Since 2008, SEZ has been a partner in the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) of the European Commission with close to 600 partners in over 50 countries, providing information and advice to companies, universities and research organisations on EU matters, innovation and technology transfer. The EEN builds on the former network of Innovation Relay Centres. From 1995 until 2008, SEZ was one of eight Innovation Relay Centres in Germany. Between 2000 and spring 2008 it was the consortium leader of the IRC Stuttgart – Erfurt – Zürich, the Innovation Relay Centre for the German regions Baden-Württemberg and Thuringia as well as for the German speaking part of Switzerland. SEZ acts as EU-Contact Point for Universities on behalf of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg.


Contact Person 1: Eduardo Herrmann

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Contact Person 2: Franziska Bergmann
Email 2: Bergmann@steinbeis-europa-de