Eleven RUBIN alliances start the next phase: We are part of it!

The RUBIN alli­ances with the most pro­mi­sing con­cepts start the imple­men­ta­ti­on phase. For three years, inno­va­ti­ve com­pa­nies and their rese­arch part­ners will lay the ground­work for new pro­ducts – from e‑ships to new bioplastics.

They spent more than six months fine-tuning their entre­pre­neu­ri­al and mar­ket-ori­en­ted con­cepts, deve­lo­ping rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment pro­jects and stra­te­gic mea­su­res. And they have crea­ted struc­tures and pro­ces­ses for part­ner col­la­bo­ra­ti­on and inno­va­ti­on manage­ment. Now it is clear: Ele­ven RUBIN alli­ances from the first fun­ding round can start the imple­men­ta­ti­on phase. For each of the alli­ances, the minis­try gene­ral­ly pro­vi­des bet­ween five and 12 mil­li­on euros for this purpose.

11 from 17 from 53

With the sup­port of a panel of experts, the Fede­ral Minis­try of Edu­ca­ti­on and Rese­arch sel­ec­ted nine alli­ances with par­ti­cu­lar­ly pro­mi­sing RUBIN con­cepts for fur­ther fun­ding at the begin­ning of June; two RUBIN con­cepts had alre­a­dy been appro­ved last Novem­ber. The ele­ven are among a total of 17 alli­ances that pre­vai­led last year from among 53 appli­cants and which the minis­try had sup­port­ed as part of a con­cept phase.

Over the next three years, inno­va­ti­ve com­pa­nies will now work tog­e­ther with uni­ver­si­ties and rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons from their regi­on to crea­te the basis for attrac­ti­ve pro­ducts and ser­vices. At the same time, the alli­ances are fine-tuning their explo­ita­ti­on and mar­ket stra­tegy and rea­ching out to poten­ti­al customers.

Mobility, construction and food technology

The focus is on appli­ca­ti­on fields and mar­kets with high inno­va­ti­on and growth poten­ti­al. These include, for exam­p­le, new bio­pla­s­tics made from cel­lu­lo­sic resi­dues, absor­ba­ble medi­cal pro­ducts or elec­tri­fied liners for local public trans­port. Other pro­mi­sing pro­jects come from the inno­va­ti­on fields of food tech­no­lo­gy, health­ca­re, con­s­truc­tion, pho­to­nics, optics and mate­ri­als development.

RUBIN stands for »Regio­nal Entre­pre­neu­ri­al Alli­ances for Inno­va­ti­on« and is inten­ded to streng­then the inno­va­ti­on and com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness of small and medi­um-sized enter­pri­ses (SMEs) in par­ti­cu­lar. At the same time, the fun­ding pro­gram sup­ports uni­ver­si­ties and rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons in beco­ming even more invol­ved in the explo­ita­ti­on of their rese­arch results and the resul­ting inno­va­tions. With RUBIN, the minis­try wants to offer struc­tu­ral­ly weak regi­ons new per­spec­ti­ves for struc­tu­ral change.

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