Innovation Days

[In the name of “Innovation Days” Helmholtz Association and the other leading German research organisations – Max Planck, Fraunhofer and Leibniz – have been offering a joint partnering platform since 2012. Application-orientated scientists, technology transfer experts, business developers and R&D representatives from industry, decision-makers from the venture capital / corporate venture arena come together in an exclusive circle of 300 individuals. Every year a topical focus is chosen for the presentations (pitches) from the 40 best technology and founding projects from the four organisations:

•    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 IT and  Communication-Technologies [ICT] & Big Data)
•    2012: Life Sciences (focus on Pharmaceuticals) and Physical Sciences & Engineering (focus on Energy and Clean Tech)

Partnering is the main focus here, which enables intensive discussions in a very efficient framework through an online platform. Moreover, there is an interesting conference programme as well as the highpoint of the evening reception – awarding of the Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize. The “Innovation Days” take place towards the end of the year alternately in Berlin and Munich.

Take part in the Innovation Days as an enterprise representative or investor  


If you are interested in seeing presentations about state-of-the-art technologies or spin-offs at an event and making many important contacts in German research in an efficient partnering format, apply here.

Make a presentation at the Innovation Days as a Helmholtz employee


In the middle of each year, the Centre transfer departments forward the Call with the corresponding topics and application documents to research scientists.

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