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The Joint Innovation Strategy of the States of Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB)


The “Joint Innovation Strategy of the States of Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB)” was adopted by the Berlin Senate and the Brandenburg Cabinet on 21 June 2011. Its primary goal is to develop the cutting-edge fields, identified as important to both states in 2007, into the following cross-border clusters:

  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Energy Technology
  • Mobility, Transport and Logistics
  • ICT, Media, Creative Industries
  • Photonics (including Microsystems Technology)
That will take the two states’ close cooperation on innovation policy in recent years to a new level. The innoBB strategy brings together the two previous approaches, Berlin’s Coherent Innovation Strategy and Brandenburg’s Innovation Concept, and is the binding guiding principle for innovation policymaking in both states.

That will take the two states’ close cooperation on innovation policy in recent years to a new level. The innoBB strategy brings together the two previous approaches, Berlin’s Coherent Innovation Strategy and Brandenburg’s Innovation Concept, and is the binding guiding principle for innovation policymaking in both states.

The innoBB strategy takes up the themes of the Europe 2020 strategy and forms the basis for its implementation on the regional level. In this endeavor, Germany’s capital city region will continue to rely on support from the European Structural Funds. It is a priority concern of the innoBB strategy to integrate the business sector and the virtually unique landscape of science and research of the capital region into the international, mainly European innovation community.

Participating in networks like the Berlin-Brandenburg clusters can be one way to deal with the challenges of global competition. In order to maintain and expand their market position in the face of growing globalization, the clusters cooperate across state borders on the basis of master plans and internationalization strategies that are to be either elaborated or further developed. As part of further internationalization, we plan to continue holding dialogue forums in Brussels every other year on issues relevant to innoBB.

The clusters each have their own cluster management structures, which involve various institutions – in particular, TSB Innovationsagentur Berlin GmbH, BerlinPartner GmbH, ZAB ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg GmbH und OpTecBB Optec-Berlin-Branden¬burg e.V., – and are organized on the basis of corresponding cooperation agreements. The networks at the root of these agreements were and still are financed in part by funds from the ERDF.

Strongly participatory approaches that involve stakeholders in the clusters are a top priority for the further development of the clusters in all areas. In addition, master plans for the clusters, including the intersection with cross-sectoral themes, must be elaborated or updated. The master plans contain strategies of their own that clearly define the cluster’s potential, as well as explicit and measurable strategic development goals for each cluster and specific fields of action for implementing the development goals. Flagship projects illustrate cluster development and are given priority.

In addition to its cross-border clusters, innoBB has also defined four cross-sectoral themes (materials, production and automation technologies, clean technologies, and security), which – as cross-sectoral and key technologies – are especially important to the capital region and are supposed to support and accelerate innovation processes in the clusters. No independent management structures have been planned for the cross-sectoral themes.

Along with the joint clusters and cross-sectoral themes, the future economic development of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg will also be shaped by policymaking that influences the innovative capacity of companies in general, regardless of sector.
That includes, for instance, the harmonization of innovation and technology funding. To this end, the states’ business development banks (IBB Investitionsbank Berlin, ILB Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg) have signed agreements on “Funding cross-border projects on cluster management” and – with the cooperation of TSB and ZAB – on “Funding cross-border R&D (research and development) collaborative projects.”

We are also just as interested in maintaining and expanding our innovation infrastructure, the importance of which to R&D is indisputable. The capital city region has a greater concentration of such infrastructure than any other area in Germany and is also competitive internationally.

All of Germany’s major research organizations and communities are represented here in the region, and science and technology parks (including start-up centers) add to the mix in various locations. From a strategical point of view the further expansion of research infrastrucure should include university and non-university research institutes as well as the stimulation of target oriented expansion and funding of business and industry´s owned R&D infrastructure to be able to compete internationally.

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