The innovative capacity of any modern society and economy is largely based on the potency of its entrepreneurial environment. The more opportunities for participation provided, and the more effectively research findings are applied, the stronger the entrepreneurial activity. Germany, however, is lagging behind both quantitatively and qualitatively in this regard. For one, there is far too much entrepreneurial potential across society that remains untapped. Those who do not fit the traditional founder image receive far too little support and face too many barriers to participating in entrepreneur-oriented measures. We are therefore committed to making startup activity more inclusive in this country. This entails sincere and engaged efforts to involve early on those groups in society that are currently sidelined in founding processes. Secondly, research findings are not sufficiently leveraged in Germany, which means that innovative ideas cannot create added value. We thus develop solutions to improve transfer mechanisms, especially with regard to societally relevant and high-tech innovations.
Our work is anchored in the belief that innovation is a driver of economic-technological competitiveness as well as positive societal change. Strengthening participation and the use of knowledge is therefore of great economic and social importance.