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Technologies and services for climate mitigation and adaptation from Germany

A new report by the Borderstep Institute for Innovation & Sustainability in cooperation with the Netzwerk Innovation und Gründung im Klimawandel (NIK) for the first time provides a coherent overview of German products and services in the area of international climate technology transfer and climate-related technologies.

This publication provides an overview of the supply and the demand of climate technologies and services in Germany. It includes information about technologies and services to protect the climate and their suppliers from Germany; technologies and services for adaptation to climate change and their suppliers from Germany, cooperation activities with the participation of German partners in these areas, and activities to monitor climate change with German participation. Download

StartUp4Climate – A start-up initiative for the low carbon economy

The start-up initiative “StartUp4Climate” focuses on the consistent alignment of start-up support systems in Germany with climate protection and sustainability goals. It creates a targeted focus on start-up activities which can both open up new economic opportunities and create the basis for a new, long-term approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Consequently, StartUp4Climate is the world's first national start-up initiative for green founders and a low-carbon economy. 

For more information get the Factsheet here.

New project: "SHIFT- Support Systems for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Transformation"

Ecological entrepreneurship will be the key for a competitive market in Europe. Sustainable technologies, products and services are not only profitable for the environment but also a chance to create new industries. The University of Oldenburg is a partner of the Borderstep Institution for Innovation and Sustainability in the new project "SHIFT - Support Systems for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Transformation". Researchers form the Linköping University (Sweden), the Aalto University (Finland) and the Univerity of Oldenburg (Germany) try to find out how to support international "green" innovations. The project is funded by the Europeen Union.

Contact and further information: www.shift-project.eu

Oldenburg University’s Eco-Venturing module was awarded the Hans Sauer Prize in the Competition for the „Promotion of Environmental Innovations“.

The board of trustees of the Hans Sauer Foundation awarded the prize, worth € 10,000, for the outstanding Eco-Venturing concept. They described the module as „highly exemplary and ground-breaking“. The Munich-based Hans Sauer Foundation, which was founded in 1989, supports inventions and projects that promote responsible interaction with nature and human society. [more about the module]

K. Fichter, S. Beucker, Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability, Berlin, Germany (Eds.)

Innovation Communities
Teamworking of Key Persons as a Success Factor in Radical Innovation

Self-organising networks have become the dominant innovators of complex technologies and radical innovation. The growing need for co-operation to ensure innovation success calls for a broader understanding of what makes innovation projects successful and requires new concepts. The book introduces the new concept of “innovation communities”, defining them as informal networks of like-minded individuals who act as innovation promotors or champions. These key figures come from various companies and organisations and will team up in a project-related fashion, jointly promoting a certain innovation, product or idea either on one or across different levels of an innovation system.The publication presents findings from surveys that demonstrate that networks of champions are a success factor in radical innovation. Five case studies of noteworthy innovation projects illustrate why the collaboration of champions can make innovation projects more successful. Furthermore, the book presents hands-on methods and includes best-practice cases and guidelines on how to develop innovation communities.This publication comprises empirical findings and practical experiences that are valuable for the following groups in particular: Entrepreneurs; Innovation, R&D and network managers; Innovation and strategy consultants; Innovation and start-up intermediaries; Innovation researchers; Government officials and politicians responsible for R&D and innovation programmes and funding.
more on http://springer.com/978-3-642-22127-9


Latest Publications

N. Bank, K. Fichter & M. Klofsten (2017): Sustainability-profiled incubators and securing the inflow of tenants - the case of Green Garage Berlin. in: Journal of Cleaner Production, 157 (2017), 76-83.

K. Fichter, J. Clausen (2016): Diffusion Dynamics of Sustainable Innovation - Insights on Diffusion Patterns Based on the Analysis of 100 Sustainable Product and Service Innovations. in: Journal of Innovation Management, 4, 2(2016), 30-67.

Selected Publications

Fichter, K., Beucker, S. (Eds.). (2012). Innovation Communities. Teamworking of Key Persons as a Success Factor in Radical Innovation. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.