Brandenburg successfully promotes innovation. Between 2001 and 2015, the ZAB supervised and supported 3,743 innovation projects. Consequently, innovative products and procedures have been developed and improved, and more than 5,500 jobs created.
Entrepreneurs in Brandenburg appreciate in particular the “innovation assistants” promoted by the regional authorities. Since the launch of the program in 1992, over 1,500 such assistants have already been promoted. A survey conducted by the WFBB revealed that 89% of the businesses polled retained their innovation assistants after termination of the state support, and that 43% even hired a second one.
Moreover, production and crafts SMEs highly appreciate the “Innovation Vouchers” available since 2010: as of December 2014, as much as 450 vouchers enabled such companies to satisfy their innovation needs.
In 2014, two innovation promotion programmes (“Innovationsassistenten” and “Brandenburg Stipendium”) were merged in a single promotion scheme called “Brandenburger Innovationfachkräfte”. Since 2015, the related innovation vouchers have been integrated in the BIG programme (“Brandenburgischer Innovationsgutschein”).