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Since 2016, the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig can look back over ten years of applied, socio-technical and socio-economic research and experience at the Leipzig location. The Fraunhofer economists develop scientifically sound solutions to the challenges of globalization to ensure the long-term success of clients and partners with a business and industry, research or society background. People, their environment and the reality of their lives are at the centre of the institute's international projects, networking activities, innovation projects and analyses. Founded as the Center for Central and Eastern Europe (MOEZ) in 2006, the institute consolidated its expertise and range of services in internationalization and knowledge economy under a new name, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy, in 2015

The institute and the minds that work there have proven expertise in the fields of internationalization, innovation and technology management, innovation funding, strategy development, the knowledge economy and research marketing. Around fifty full-time employees are currently working on projects for companies, particularly small and medium enterprises, along with projects within the context of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), projects for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Foundation for the Environment).

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Socioeconomic research on sustainability at Fraunhofer IMW.

Projects of the institute.

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Using data innovatively and efficiently - Big Data Center at Fraunhofer IMW.

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Annual Report Article of the week: The European Business and Technology Center and Fraunhofer IMW facilitate market entry in India

We regularly highlight the spectrum of services offered by the Fraunhofer IMW through the projects it is involved in. For this reason, we also like to suggest some articles from our 2015/2016 Annual Report to you as recommended reading.

Internationalization processes pose particular challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, emerging markets such as India offer enormous potential for new, international business activities. In order to facilitate entry into these countries’ markets, Fraunhofer IMW has launched a cross-sectoral web platform in cooperation with the European Business and Technology Center (EBTC). Here European small and medium-sized companies can fine tune their technology portfolios and present themselves and their service offerings to customers and cooperation partners from India.

Virtual meetings with renowned Indian stakeholders from industry and government, or access to exclusive pitch events and investors' forums, make market entry easier. In the co-operation between EBTC and Fraunhofer IMW, the Regional Positioning and Location Development Unit, under the leadership of JProf. Tobias Dauth, is responsible for the development of the technology platform. The organizational unit has already implemented several projects related to the Indian market - including the German-Indian Economic Forum which took place in March 2016, and the ongoing project on the potential of frugal innovations in cooperation with the Hamburg University of Technology.

You can find the Article from the Annual Report right here.

Current events

Conference / 12 September 2017

R&D Summit in Warsaw

The R&D Summit, held annually in Poland, focuses on innovations and trends in research and development. The conference is organized by TechBrainers, an agency specializing in research and development at the interface between science and business.

Polish and international experts will discuss topics such as innovation systems, social networks in organizational culture and Blockchain. Wojciech Roskiewicz, the head of Fraunhofer IMW‘s Research and Business Accelerator Unit, will moderate a discussion panel on internationalization models.

Press Release / 13.8.2017

Leipziger Fraunhofer researchers support world record attempt for crowdfunding in sport with technical assistance.

Today the starter’s pistol was fired at the press breakfast in the old pipe and cable store in Mainz for the "crowdFANding – Ein Fanhaus für Mainz" crowdfunding campaign in the run-up to the celebrations for the beginning of the season at 1. FSV Mainz 05. The objective of the campaign is to build a fan centre for the active fans of the Federal League club – and it is hoped that a world record is achieved.

Board of Trustees meeting / 27.6.2017

New members of Fraunhofer IMW Board of Trustees.

At the meeting of the board, which took place on June 27th, 2017 in Leipzig, Susanne Burger from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Dr. Hans-Jörg Stotz, Head of Strategy and Innovation for the Internet of Things at SAP, were appointed as two new members of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer IMW.


Board of Trustees meeting / 27.6.2017

Fraunhofer IMW Board of Trustees to meet in Leipzig.

The institute’s Board of Trustees advises Fraunhofer IMW on questions of strategic development. On June 27th, 2017 the fifth meeting of the board will take place in Leipzig.


Workshop / 31.5.2017

Indian Energy Minister informed on electromobility.

The Indian Minister of State for Energy visited the Leipzig Group.

Investor Days / 13.6.2017

Investor Days Thüringen.

On 13 and 14 June 2017, start-ups, investors and industry experts from all over Germany got together in Erfurt to meet in person and to expand their networks. The Innovation Financing unit once again lend academic support to the 2017 "Investor Days Thüringen". In 2016, the researchers already investigated how start-ups in Germany can be driven by venture capital for STIFT Thüringen.


Annual Conference / 30.5.2017

Fraunhofer Annual Conference 2017 in Dresden.

Within the scope of this year's annual conference in Dresden, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Saxon institutes marked 25 years Fraunhofer innovation in Germany's new Länder with an interactive exhibition and a public event in the Dresden city center.

Fraunhofer Allianz Big Data / 17.3.2017

Future workshop artificial intelligence for medical biosignal processing.


Workshop / 9.3.2017

Scenario Thinking Workshop, lighthouse project E³ Production.

Key Note Vortrag / 2.3.2017

Fraunhofer IMW accompanies formal launch of Master's Degree at University of Technology in Jamaica.

The degree was developed in collaboration with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) for the University of Technology in Jamaica. Researchers at the Fraunhofer IMW were involved in designing the program. It is the first Master's degree of its kind to be offered in the Caribbean region. In his key note, Professor Thomas Bruckner, Non-resident Distinguished Fellow of the institute, discussed technical options and policy instruments to cope with climate change.


Award ceremony / 6.2.2017

Fraunhofer expert joins Central German and Leipzig innovation award juries.


Round Table / 31.1.2017

Dr. Marija Radic attends kick-off of German-Swedish innovation partnership.



Tenders of Leibniz ScienceCampus EEGA online

As founding member and partner of the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Eastern Europe – Global Area" (EEGA), Fraunhofer IMW draws attention to current tenders. 


Dr. Robin Bürger, Promoter for Fraunhofer Venture


Fraunhofer IMW supports recommendations for Germany's international innovation policy.


Fraunhofer IMW premium member of Europe's most important crowdfunding network.

Annual Report 2015/16

The Fraunhofer IMW 2015/2016 annual report is available. In its pages we will provide you with an in-depth look back at the institute’s past ten years and focus on our current international projects and research activities. 


Thüringer Innovationspreis 2016: people's choice award for crowdFANding

Das Projekt „crowdFANding“ hat den Publikumspreis des 19. Thüringer Innovationspreises 2016 gewonnen. Das von der Gruppe Innovationsfinanzierung des Fraunhofer IMW in Leipzig wissenschaftlich begleitete Pilotprojekt konnte sich in der Online-Abstimmung mit über 1.200 Stimmen durchsetzen.

Am vergangenen Mittwoch (23.11.2016) nahmen Projektkoordinator Toni Schley und Gruppenleiter Dr. Robin Bürger die Auszeichnung aus den Händen von Thüringens Wirtschafts- und Wissenschaftsminister Wolfgang Tiefensee entgegen.

Hinter „crowdFANding“ steckt ein innovatives Finanzierungsinstrument, mit dem die Bürgerinitiative UNSER STADION JENA e.V. bei der Kampagne zum Erhalt der Südkurve im FC Carl Zeiss Jena unterstützt werden konnte und das künftig für weitere Fanprojekte angewendet werden kann. Dank des international ausgerichteten Kampagnenkonzeptes wurden knapp 155.000 Euro von über 2.000 Unterstützern aus 35 Ländern gesammelt.

„Wir freuen uns über die Bestätigung, die wir durch den Innovationspreis erfahren haben“, so Dr. Robin Bürger. „Mit dieser zusätzlichen Motivation ausgestattet, widmen wir uns der wissenschaftlichen Auswertung des Pilotprojekts und freuen uns auf das Nachfolgeprojekt crowdFANding 2. “

Der Thüringer Innovationspreis wird jährlich von der Stiftung für Technologie, Innovation und Forschung Thüringen an Innovatoren aus der Region verliehen. Eine Jury prämiert die Gewinner in den Kategorien „Tradition & Zukunft“, „Industrie & Material“, „Digitales & Medien“, „Licht & Leben“ und „Junge Unternehmen“. Außerdem werden der Ernst-Abbe-Preis für innovatives Unternehmertum und der Publikumspreis verliehen.

Joint Carbon Concrete Composite Project wins the Federal President's Sustainability Award for 2016

On November 30th, 2016, Federal President Joachim Gauck presented this year’s German Sustainability Award, which is bestowed in recognition of technological and innovative achievements, to the three-headed research team from the collaborative project "C³ - Carbon Concrete Composite".


Digitalization roadmap / 16.11.2016

New edition of digitalization roadmap published.


Participation: Fraunhofer IMW joins innovation network "Morgenstadt: City Insights".

Quality Management: Recertification ensures consistently high quality

The Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy Services first gained its certification to the DIN specification DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 standard in the spring of 2013; this year, the institute has been successfully recertified. The certificate proves that the results of the daily activities follow regulated procedures, which makes it possible to maintain a consistently high quality standard. 

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