The Initiators Team Open Innovation City

Four Bielefeld actors are making a start– and invite the city community to shape the future of Bielefeld together.

The Future of Open Innovation Cities

is an Open Innovation Culture!

What is the future viability of Bielefeld? How must the city orient itself in order to maintain its economic strength and quality of life? These questions are on the minds of numerous participants in the local innovation ecosystem. So are the four organisations that initiated thisproject. It quickly became clear that part of the answer must be to strengthen the existing networks and activities in the city and the region of East Westphalia-Lippe and to push open, innovation-orientedexchange among each other. Thus, the idea of the first Open Innovation City was born. The four initiators contribute to this from their respective perspectives: the Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM) – University of Applied Sciences – with its expertise in carrying out research projects relevant to the public, the Founders Foundation with its novel approach to promoting entrepreneurship and startups, the Pioneers Club as an innovation-promoting platform for digitalised small and medium-sized enterprises, and owl maschinenbau e. V. as an industry network for mechanical and plant engineering. The active networking of people, motivation, and expertise to enable ground-breaking projects and solutions with the aim of strengthening the city'sinnovation ecosystem are at the forefront.The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia focuses on digital transforma­tion with its economic policy. It is the train that must not be missed if one does not want to be overtaken by the competition. In the long run, no company can avoid this upheaval. That's why the ministry supports small- and medium-sized enterprises in particular on their way to digitalisation. The ministry promotes technology transfer from research to small- and medium-sized enterprises, invests in youngtalent, and works intensively on the broadband expansion in the state.


Dominik Gross

Chief Financial Officer, Co-Founder Founders Foundation

An innovative city needs innovative residents. Participation in technological innovations is important, as is having the courage to actively shape them.

Almut Rademacher

owl maschinenbau

Working together to be innovative is what motivates us. The Hidden Champions of the region have been reinventing themselves for decades now.

Ingo Ballschmieter

Dekan Fachbereich Wirtschaft
Fachhochschule des Mittelstandes (FHM)

Open Innovation is fundamental to shaping our social and economic future.

Britta Herbst

Pioneers Club

Achieving progress together, gathering experiences and staying competitive: Open Innovation is fundamental to shaping our social and economic future.
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