Member Profile

Baden - Württemberg

Presentation of the Region

In Baden-Württemberg, industry, and innovation are two sides of the same coin. Over 30 percent of the state’s value creation is generated by industry. And Baden-Württemberg is one of the most innovative regions in Europe with an R&D intensity of 5.8 percent. The private sector is responsible for 80 percent of R&D expenditure. Our industrial structure is a mixture of global players and a solid middle class, which are well-connected. Many SMEs are Hidden Champions in their international markets. A core element of our policy for industrial renewal is a further fortification of our excellent R&D infrastructure. In order to prepare the industrial location Baden-Württemberg for future challenges, an industry dialogue has developed a visionary concept for the industry in the year 2025. Ensuring Baden-Württemberg’s international industrial competitiveness is at the forefront of this concept. Our industry will continue to contribute by developing innovative products and services to overcome social challenges, e.g. energy supply, health, and mobility in future years. Digitising the industry (Industry 4.0) and the economy as a whole (Economy 4.0) will have a key role in this. Another priority for Baden-Württemberg is the transfer of technology from science to business.

RIS3 Priorities

The RIS-Group Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Human Machine Interface (HMI), which was set up by the regions of Lombardy, Baden-Württemberg, Navarre, North Brabant, and Örebro in Autumn 2018, has set itself the goal to promote the implementation of AI-based technologies for the improvement of mechatronics, robotics, and human-machine interaction and to accelerate the innovation processes of companies, including SMEs.

Innovation strength is a critical factor for the competitiveness of the state. Our innovative strength helps us make an important contribution to tackling the challenges our society faces. Therefore, further strengthening Baden-Württemberg’s innovative capacity lies at the core of the intelligent specialisation of the state. Baden-Württemberg has established an Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) competition that has rewarded the best proposals for a smart specialisation strategy. This competition has encouraged and benefited from stimulating the integrated thinking of all the stakeholders involved in the competition.

For over 30 years, The Four Motors for Europe have shaped its interregional strategy with a view to consolidating the economic, scientific, and technological competitiveness of the four regions involved. Baden-Württemberg is also an essential player in the macroregional EU Strategies for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and the Alpine Space (EUSALP).

Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Wuerttemberg

"Our innovative industry is a mixture of global players and a strong Mittelstand with a lot of “hidden champions”. We are concentrating our activities on dynamic future growth areas such as sustainable mobility or resource efficiency."

Political Representatives
Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut

Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Wuerttemberg

Regional Contact Persons
Alexandra Stocker

Department 31 - Industrial and Technology Policy, Digitalization of the Economy Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg

Dr.-Ing. Petra Püchner

Commissioner for Europe of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Württemberg

Sebastian Große-Puppendahl

Senior Policy Officer to Commissioner for Europe of Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Wuerttemberg

Brussels Contact Persons
Ulrike Conrad
Regional Address

Schlossplatz 4
Neues Schloss
70173 Stuttgart

Brussels Office Address

Rue Belliard 60/62
1040 Etterbeek, Brussels

Our Pilots

AI Pilot - Startup BW Summit 2022

The AI Pilot Event 2022 will take place at the Startup BW Summit 2022 in Stuttgart on Friday, 30 September 2022 from 09:00 CEST. 

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The evaluation results of the SME Success Stories are out!

The Vanguard Initiative SME Success Stories evaluation results are finally out and we are proud to announce the winners of this new Vanguard support scheme.

Save the date: SME Success Stories Call Webinar

Vanguard Initiative and Steinbeis Europa Zentrum invite you to join the webinar planned on Thursday 23 June from 10:00 to 11:00 CEST.

The Vanguard Initiative is launching its first SME support Scheme!  

The SME Success Story Call to open on 3 June  The Vanguard Initiative is launching the SME Success Story Call on 3 June.

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On 13 December 2021, the AI Pilot hosted its first Annual Plenary event. 

Vanguard Initiative workshop at the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC): Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems:

The Vanguard Initiative (VI) workshop organised in the framework of the EWRC, provided a valuable opportunity to discuss how European

Economic Summit Baden-Württemberg - EU

The "Baden-Württemberg-EU Economic Summit" is an annual forum for exchanging views on challenges and future strategies for enterprises in Europe.

AI Fusion 2022

AI FUSION is the new, international stage of the AI scene 29 - 30 September 2022 | Messe Stuttgart

Virtual award ceremony AI-Champions BW 2022

Minister Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut will be opening the award ceremony, and Ilka Groenewold will moderate the event. Two exciting keynotes will follow

SME Success Stories Call Webinar

Vanguard Initiative and Steinbeis Europa Zentrum invite you to join the webinar planned on Thursday 23 June from 10:00 to 11:00 CEST.

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Vanguard meets Baden-Württemberg - Spurring European value chains - artificial intelligence (AI) & hydrogen and industrial

While providing a brief update on the current exciting developments of the AI pilot, the conference aims at showcasing existing regional best practices and ongoing region

EWRC: Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems: Interregional Value Chains to spur the Digital transition

Vanguard Initiative, jointly with the VI Regions East Netherlands, Asturias, Baden Württemberg, East and North Finland, Emilia Romagna, Scotland, Slovenia, and South Neth