With its outstanding universities, creative research institutions and a corporate landscape as diverse as it is dynamic – Germany offers all the essentials of a highly innovative society and economy. Every day, countless good ideas are conceived and new companies are founded here, and products and services made in Germany continue to be market leaders in numerous sectors. These conditions are crucial to fostering economic prosperity and positive societal change.
However, a closer look at the situation in Germany shows room for improvement: The country’s overall pace of innovation and entrepreneurial activity is too slow. This has muted our economic and technological competitiveness and could ultimately result in increased dependence on other global regions, especially with regard to key digital technologies. Moreover, we risk missing out on opportunities to solve the urgent problems facing society through innovation. Achieving sustainable transformation demands that we develop and apply innovative approaches and methods. Only by strengthening innovation and entrepreneurial dynamism will we be able to maintain our current levels of prosperity while building a sustainable economy and society.
For these reasons, our project explores ways of enhancing this dynamic. What policies and institutions are needed to promote values-based innovation? How can we make entrepreneurial activity more inclusive, and what kind of support is needed by founders pursuing societal objectives? And how can German SMEs become a driving force of innovation and sustainability?
In seeking answers to these questions, we develop evidence-based studies, identify good practices in Germany and internationally, formulate recommendations for actions to be taken by policymakers and business leaders alike, and bring together stakeholders from the worlds of business, academia, politics and civil society. Behind our efforts is always the belief that innovation and entrepreneurial dynamism are cornerstones of competitiveness and positive societal change.