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Innovation strategy North Rhine-Westphalia

The NRW.innovativ competence centre


State of North Rhine-Westphalia’s Ministry of Economy, Industry, Climate Action, and Energy (MWIKE)




Imp3rove, Kearney, Fraunhofer ISI, Eurada, GiftGrün

„With NRW.innovativ, we want to contribute to NRW making even better use of its diverse potential.“
Dr. Jan-Philipp Kramer, Leiter EU Services

The major transformation topics of our time – digitalisation, decarbonisation, and also demographic change – call for us to look even more thoroughly for new, sustainable solutions to address these future challenges. Innovations are key to this. The aim of the NRW.innovativ competence centre is to strengthen the innovative power of North Rhine-Westphalia with new and forward-looking approaches.

Flanked by the innovation strategy and its industrial policy model, North Rhine-Westphalia has initiated numerous measures to ensure successful industrial transformation. Prognos was commissioned by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economy, Industry, Climate Protection, and Energy to set up and operate the “NRW.innovativ” competence centre. Among other things, this serves as a central interface for networking the relevant innovation stakeholders from all areas of society. It thus contributes to the operationalisation of NRW's innovation strategy. Prognos is working on this project with partners Imp3rove, Kearney, Fraunhofer ISI, Eurada, and the GiftGrün agency.

How we proceed

Prognos is responsible for the main areas of work relating to the efficient networking of nationwide innovation actors, the strategic support of regional stakeholders, and the development of lighthouse projects for the NRW innovation location.

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Project team: Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer, Dr Olaf Arndt, Dr Jonathan Eberle, Lennart Galdiga, Moritz Glettenberg, Marie-Kristin Komendzinski

Last update: 11.03.2024

News from the project

Dossier: The role of clusters in regional transformation processes

| Project update

The dossier, which was created as part of the NRW.innovativ competence centre, highlights the role that cluster organisations play in the digital and green transformation in NRW.

Findings from the cluster dialogues: The NRW cluster panorama

| Project update

The NRW Cluster Panorama defines five subject areas in which the greatest potential for the innovation ecosystem in NRW lies.


| Event

Der vom Kompetenzzentrum „NRW.innovativ“ organisierte Summit befasst sich mit dem Thema „Transformation durch Innovation – Chancen für den Innovationsstandort NRW aus der globalen Perspektive“.

European Cluster Conference 2022

| Event

Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer and Lennart Galdiga inform in Prague about the competence centre "NRW.innovativ" and represent the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.

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