Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ)


Partner-logo-Steinbeis-EuropaFounded in March 1990, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ) is an independent economic entity within the Steinbeis Foundation, and is the operational unit of the Commissioner for Europe of Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Economics.

SEZ's core activity is to promote European RTD programmes and to support cross-border technology transfer. SEZ has offices in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe with a team of over 30 well qualified members of staff.

Since 2008, SEZ has been a partner in the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) of the European Commission with 590 participating organisations in 48 countries.

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) provides information and advice to companies, universities and research organisations on EU matters, innovation, research and technology transfer. It also promotes the utilization of European research results.

SEZ is a partner in the Baden-Württemberg consortium together with Handwerk International, the Ministry of Finance and Economics and seven Chambers of Industry and Commerce. The EEN builds on the former network of Innovation Relay Centres. From 1995 until 2008, SEZ was one of eight Innovation Relay Centres in Germany (71 in Europe). Between 2000 and spring 2008 it was the consortium leader of the IRC Stuttgart – Erfurt – Zürich, the Innovation Relay Centre for the German regions Baden-Württemberg and Thuringia as well as for the German speaking part of Switzerland.

SEZ is the National Contact Point for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Baden-Württemberg. At the same time it acts as EU-Contact Point for Universities in Baden-Württemberg.

For the benefit of its clients, SEZ is involved in different cooperation networks – in particular the Steinbeis transfer network with more than 700 Steinbeis Enterprises in Baden-Württemberg and beyond and the Enterprise Europe Network.

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