Regional innovation coaches
We trade goods, services and knowledge increasingly globally. Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, the geographical location of a company is important. Metropolitan areas are growing and tying up more and more resources. Styrian regions are called upon to cultivate their strengths and position themselves stably in niche markets.
In 2018, the Ministry of Economic Affairs therefore launched the Regional Innovation Coaching. The goal is to compensate for the structural disadvantages of rural areas compared to urban areas and to realise more innovations in regional companies. This increases value creation and creates high-calibre jobs in the region. In addition to start-ups, hidden champions or companies with key regional competencies, the target group includes “mid-tech players” in particular.
Balance by the end of July 2019: The Regional Innovation Coaches have supervised a total of 165 projects, 45 of which have already been completed. A total of 277 advisory meetings (mainly on-site appointments directly at the companies) took place. The projects supported have a total investment volume of almost 230 million euros.
“Midwife” for your business project
Starting from the Impulse Centres in Auersbach and Lebring and the Wood Innovation Centre in Zeltweg, the SFG Innovation Coaches come personally to your business. They locate the growth and innovation potential and support you in thinking, daring and implementing new things: The coaches are, in the broadest sense, “midwives” of your innovation and accompany you in its implementation.
Your local contact
What you can expect from the regional innovation coaches:
- know-how on relevant public funding, financing and service offers at regional, national and European level
- expertise in entrepreneurial innovation processes
- practical experience regarding relevant success factors for innovation projects
- an excellent personal network with regional players from business, science, public authorities and existing intermediary institutions
- intensive communication and cooperation and an understanding of the diverse entrepreneurial contexts and challenges.
What your company will concretely benefit from:
- coaching on funding and financing programmes for research and technology projects
- feedback on project concepts and business plans
- support in the search for project locations
- initiation of low-threshold cooperation with scientific institutions
- advice on the acquisition, protection and exploitation of intellectual property
- identifying dormant potential in internal innovation management
- support in the marketing of project successes