|Co-operation is increasingly important, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. The Stuttgart Region boasts a large number of industry-specific and innovation networks that deliver tangible business benefits: |
Regional Competence and Innovation Centres
The Stuttgart Region’s competence and innovation centres are industry-specific networks, comprising enterprises, research establishments, and other institutions.
Automotive Dialogue Initiative
The Automotive Dialogue initiative provides component suppliers with the support they need to master the challenges of structural change in the Stuttgart Region. Its goals are to improve communication throughout the automotive cluster, keep companies up to date with the latest developments, and provide targeted advice and assistance.
>>www.sks-fahrzeugbau.de (German only)
Stuttgart MediaRegion Initiative
The Stuttgart MediaRegion initiative is a forum for communication and collaboration within the media industry. Some 550 partners actively participate in events and initiatives, including a major annual get-together for media professionals.
>>www.medien.region-stuttgart.de (German only)
Forum for the IT Industry in the Stuttgart Region
Dedicated to promoting IT in the Stuttgart Region, FIR_st is a network of companies, educational and research establishments, and other key players.
>>www.it.region-stuttgart.de (German only)
The Stuttgart Region Film Commission
The Film Commission provides production companies looking to shoot movies in the Stuttgart Region with wide-ranging support when it comes to finding suitable locations, tapping into the talents of local service providers and movie professionals, and acquiring film permits.
The Stuttgart Region Popbüro (agency for the promotion of popular music) is unique in Germany. Its many and varied activities combine economic development, youth support, and the promotion of culture – fostering bands, songwriters, and music companies in the Stuttgart Region.
>>www.popbuero.de (German only)
Located in the heart of Baden-Württemberg, BioRegio STERN (Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen, Reutlingen, Neckar-Alb) is the central advisory organisation for biotechnology and life sciences, and acts as a conduit for public funding in these fields.
The Baden-Württemberg: The Connected (bwcon) initiative is aimed at promoting Baden-Württemberg as a centre for the IT and high-tech industries.
>>www.bwcon.de (German only)
The City of Stuttgart’s GO! initiative consolidates a number of local start-up programmes. GO! enjoys the support of around 50 partners, including public and private organisations, chambers of commerce, and industry associations, as well as banks and manufacturing companies.
>>GO! (German only)
The doIT initiative provides a forum for IT and media specialists who wish to become actively involved in promoting their industry. Participants include enterprises, educational institutions, industry associations, economic development specialists, young professionals, and others.