New businesses and innovations for the bioeconomy

Start-ups and spin-offs with a scientific background are drivers of innovation, especially for new markets like the bioeconomy. The BioEconomy Cluster supports start-up and spin-off projects in this field offering a wide range of start-up support and an extensive international network of partners.

  • Are you planning to found a start-up with ties to biobased products/services?
  • Are you planning to found a spin-off from an institute, research project or existing company which looks at bioeconomic issues in the fields of the bioeconomy or life sciences?
  • Would you like to invest your capital in promising “green” projects of the future?
  • Have you acquired innovative expertise in your company or research institute and are now looking for young entrepreneurs and potential founders to implement this?

We look forward to hearing from you!


Programmes and instruments within the cluster environment:

GISBERT: Start-up campaign for the bioeconomy

The GISBERT project was created in early 2016 by the HHL – Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Its aim is to connect the research competencies of the BioEconomy Cluster with regional start-up support provided in Central Germany, and to accelerate business start-ups and spin-offs in bioeconomic fields of innovation. The GISBERT project is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and runs until 31 August 2017. It aims to intensify the transfer of technology within the cluster and connect young new entrepreneurs with potential investors. Specific formats include matchmaking events, with mottos like “Business Meets Science” and “Design Meets Bioeconomy”, pitch events, and a special innovation boot camp. The key topic of the annual HHL Investors’ Day will continue to be the bioeconomy.


BMBF programme “New Products for the Bioeconomy”

As part of the “National Research Strategy BioEconomy 2030”, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is holding an ideas competition entitled “New Products for the Bioeconomy”.  Designed especially for original and innovative ideas, it offers an uncomplicated way to obtain funding that has a low entry threshold. Funding can be obtained for the detailed design of new product ideas for a bio-based economy, the development of plans to technically implement these and, if necessary, subsequent investigations into their technical feasibility. The BioEconomy Cluster and the founders’ networks univations and SMILE, located at partner universities in Halle and Leipzig, provide prospective applicants with workshops and support with their applications.


The Bioenergy Innovation Centre in Leipzig

The Bioenergy Innovation Centre opened in 2013 at the research location of the DBFZ German Biomass Research Centre in Leipzig. With the aim of accelerating innovation processes, it offers customised services and procures excellent research infrastructure specifically designed for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). The declared aim of the Bioenergy Innovation Centre is to quickly and cost-effectively bring research developments to market and to provide companies with the necessary services to do all of this from one source. It also aims to make it easier to enter into the field of applied bioenergy research in the context of the bioeconomy. The Innovation Centre is supported by the Energy and Environment Network Leipzig.


The working group SILVA at BioEconomy e. V.

The working group SILVA aims to promote an exchange between the projects and the topics within the BioEconomy Cluster. Members include representatives from different research institutions and companies from the industry along the entire value chain of the BioEconomy Cluster. The working group SILVA is a platform for creative exchange within the cluster, and supports the cluster, for example, as an incubator for new bioeconomic ideas and approaches. At SILVA meetings, an open space for generating new ideas is created. This establishes room for the confidential exchange of interests and ideas between industry and research. More excursions to visit cluster members are underway and will be announced shortly.

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