From 2012 to 2015, the Helmholtz Association and the other leading German research organizations – Max Planck, Fraunhofer, and Leibniz – offered a joint partnering platform called Innovation Days.
The format is currently suspended.
A theme was selected each year for the presentations (pitches) of the 40 best technologies and start-up projects from the four organizations:
- 2015: Life sciences (focus on nutrition & crop science) and physical sciences (focus on photonics & sensor technologies)
- 2014: Life sciences (focus on biotechnology) and chemical & physical sciences (focus on materials & lightweight construction)
- 2013: Life sciences (focus on medical technology) and physical sciences (focus on information and communication technologies (ICT) & big data)
- 2012: Life sciences (focus on pharmaceuticals) and physical sciences & engineering (focus on energy and clean tech)