Continuity & reliability
The registered association “InnovationsZentrum für Internettechnologie und Multimediakompetenz InnoZent OWL e.V.“ (Innovation Centre for Internet Technology and Multimedia Competence InnoZent OWL) was founded more than 20 years ago (1998) by users of IT technologies as a neutral body between development and application.
Trust & credibility
Approx. 70 companies, universities, research establishments and business-related organisations are involved in our network. What unites us is the search for and application of new technologies for innovative products and services in a cooperative environment.
Value retention & openness
Science & research, companies, multipliers, the political field and society are brought together by us as a neutral player in order to sound out and initiate new developments and competencies. While doing so, we are always at the cutting edge for new developments.
Tested quality & neutrality
As a member of go-cluster (cluster policy excellence measure of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) we are one of the 90 most powerful innovation clusters in Germany. As an association, we are committed to the purpose in our statutes and do not have any financial sales or personal interests.
ZIM funds innovative companies with business operations in Germany which want to develop new or significantly improve existing products, processes or technical services. Public and private non-profit research and technology organisations (RTOs) acting as a cooperation partner of an SME are also eligible for ZIM funding. The programme is open to all sectors and fields of technology. Funded projects must be highly innovative, market-oriented and entail a substantial technological risk.
Since ZIM strictly focuses on the needs of SMEs, it offers easy application and quick decision-making processes. Another feature which accommodates the needs of SMEs is that ZIM offers a range of possibilities to structure innovative activities in various project forms. They also include various possibilities for transnational cooperation.
Since 2006, more than 530 individual ZIM applications and 220 (mainly) ZIM cooperation projects between companies and research establishments have been supported by us in Germany and successfully approved.
Moreover, we initiate and support international ZIM co-operations.
As a service for German applicants, several bilateral agreements with other countries facilitate synchronised funding with foreign national programmes, while ZIM finances only the German partners. Currently, bilateral agreements are in effect with Argentina, Canada, Catalonia (Spain), Finland, France, Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Not all calls are open to all countries, and it may be the case that further countries/regions have been added since this page was last updated. A current list can be found on the German page linked below. Calls for proposals for transnational cooperative research projects are published for SMEs and RTOs with the objective of developing innovative products, processes, or technical services. Additional bilateral agreements with other countries are planned.
Further information on bilateral agreements and open calls
Offers are, for example,
- Performance of pilot projects in companies
- Carrying out of interdisciplinary assessments and development of business ideas
- Participation in experience exchange groups
- Participation in consulting hours and quick checks
- Participation in specialist workshops, professional events, and expert forums
Since 2011, we have organised and moderated the Electronics Forum OWL. Since autumn 2019, we have been carrying out projects on the subjects of “Circular Economy”, “Digitising the Customer Interface“ and ”IT Security for SMEs“.
With our work, we would like to contribute to the 17 goals of the United Nations for sustainable development.