Unit, Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Development Cooperation

The aim of every knowledge transfer process is the successful transfer of knowledge from a knowledge source to a knowledge recipient. Success is indicated by the creation of the ability within the recipient to contextualize knowledge, and to then use this knowledge to initiate concrete, local and sustainable innovation processes. The dynamics and influencing factors of this process chain form the research domain of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Development Cooperation Unit. While today’s new technological solutions wield the potential to trigger global economic development processes, knowledge transfer processes are often insufficiently professionalized to enable developing and emerging economies to make full use of this potential.

From this standpoint, we approach the transfer processes of knowledge and technology-intensive solutions from the context of Western industrial nations to developing and emerging economies in Africa, Asia and South America.  We take particular interest in the questions

  • how can a high-tech solution (e.g. bio- or medical technology)  be successfully integrated into a supposedly low-tech context; and
  • which structures (e.g. business models, value chains, innovation systems) enable this process?

Selected project in the annual report of the Fraunhofer IMW

In its annual reports, the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center presents the wide scope of its socio-economic services spectrum. The expert teams' contribution provides a compact overview of the institute's projects and product, subject and research focuses.



Project Sheet: Innovation System Iran



Fraunhofer expert joins Central German and Leipzig innovation award juries

Project GCare (German – Colombian Cooperation) started

The project GCare started in August with a two day workshop on Cluster Management in Colombia.