European Space Agency (ESA)
>> The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA is an international organisation with 18 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
ESA's job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA's programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.
Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology
>> According to a study currently being conducted by the Center for European Economic Research (Zentrum für europäische Wirtschaftsforschung = ZEW) in Mannheim in collaboration with Microsoft, Bavaria ranks in the top league for high-tech start-ups. Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Martin Zeil, was delighted at this result: “The current ZEW Study once again shows that Bavaria is the leading location for new high-tech business in Germany. As we can see, Bavarian policy for high-tech start-ups is paying off.”
Bavaria comes first not only in its start-up intensity in technology-based services and the software sector. The ZEW Study reveals that in the last few years Bavaria has moved up from third to first place in research- oriented industries as well. While other German states have seen a fall in the number of high-tech start-ups, they have remained more or less constant in Bavaria. Zeil commented: “We must not slacken our efforts to promote start-ups in the high-tech sector. Our work in this field is producing companies that are expanding at an exceptionally fast rate and also creating an exceptionally large number of jobs.”
The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs supports high-tech start-ups with, for example, its business plan competitions in Northern and Southern Bavaria aimed at corporate planning and financing as well as by means of targeted funding programs, incubators and investment capital through Bayern Kapital GmbH. “Thanks to its future-oriented technology policy, Bavaria has an excellent research infrastructure and many successful, innovative companies. Under our BayernFIT program, we provide 1.5 billion euros for innovation and education”, Zeil said.
Technical Partner Oberpfaffenhofen
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
>> DLR is Germany's national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany's Space Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme as well as international representation of Germany's interests.
Aeronautics and space make substantial contributions to the way we live today. Aviation guarantees our global mobility and satellites enable worldwide communication. Remote sensing generates data about our environment, while the exploration of space leads to new knowledge about the origin and development of the Solar System, its planets, and, hence, about the creation of life.
Moreover, key industries, including materials technology, medicine and software engineering, all profit from innovations made by DLR in the fields of aeronautics and space.
Technical Partner Nürnberg
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS)
>> Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen, Germany, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes in terms of headcount and revenue. Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition as the main inventor of MP3 and co-inventor of the MPEG-4 AAC audio coding standard. In close cooperation with partners and clients, the institute provides research and development services in the following areas: digital radio broadcasting systems; audio and multimedia technology; digital cinema systems; design automation and integrated circuits; wired, wireless and optical networks; localization and navigation; camera and imaging systems; nanofocus X-ray technology; medical sensor solutions; and supply chain services.
Positioning and navigation - core competencies of Fraunhofer IIS:
Positioning and tracking have myriad uses and benefit a range of industries, such as in helping driver assistance systems determine their location; steering construction machines; empowering mobile guidance systems; tracking forklifts in warehouses, soccer players on fields, or security staff on company premises; and managing assets. Each application obviously requires specific technology.
To be able to meet the requirements associated with this diversity of applications, IIS has consolidated its positioning and navigation expertise within a single research unit in Nuremberg, where more than 80 engineers and computer scientists in three departments pool a wide array of skills. The institute's solutions range from wireless sensor networks and adaptive antennas to satellite navigation systems. Over 10 different IIS positioning technologies can be adapted, advanced, and combined to produce tailor-made prototypes and systems.
Technical Partner Berchtesgadener Land
Economic Development Corporation Berchtesgadener Land (WFG BGL)
>> The Economic Development Agency Berchtesgadener Land serves as a point of contact for all companies in our region. Whether you are interested in inward investment or already have a business here, the agency provides customized support and assistance for the decision-making and implementation phase of your project. Our support is the key to your success in southeast Bavaria:
- Comprehensive information on business and technology located in southeast Bavaria and Salzburg.
- Close network with the public administration, the business and science communities and related associations.
- Developing your business and searching for your company location.
- Organizing financial support for your investments in innovative projects.
- Promote the use of modern information technology, like e.g. the use of GIS, spatial data, online platforms and social media for online marketing in for your company as part of the project eBusiness pilot for southeast Bavaria (eBusiness-Lotse).
One of the region's main activities is the innovation network "Satellite Navigation Berchtesgadener Land", a cross-border cluster of medium-sized enterprises and scientific institutions. The purpose of this network (since 2005) is to make active use of capabilities and potentials of GNSS/GIS-technology. Participating companies and scientific institutions in southeast Bavaria and Salzburg (Austria) are closely linked within the network in order to create synergy and stimulate innovation. The challenge is to expand the competitiveness of these companies as well as to design and implement innovative projects and products. In collaboration with users, the partners design and implement innovative navigation applications, providing tomorrow's markets with ideas and solutions in the fields like security and emergency services, mobility and transport logistics, public health and tourism, energy and environmental management, and other GNSS fields.
One of the interesting projects in this field of technology is the unique outdoor test- and development environment for the emerging Galileo & GPS satellite navigation market, is the certified Galileo Test and Development Environment (GATE). The operating company IFEN provides a unique opportunity to develop equipment and applications and to test them under realistic conditions. It consists of eight virtual "Galileo satellites" located on top of several mountains around the GATE test area in Berchtesgaden.
Kreissparkasse München Starnberg Ebersberg
>> With 1,800 employees and 102 offices, Kreissparkasse München Starnberg Ebersberg is a strong and reliable partner to its retail and business banking customers. We offer the entire range of financial services with expert, friendly advice. As a bank deeply rooted in the region, being close to our customers is a big part of our business philosophy. Personal contact is important to us and we never forget that people are the reason we are here. With this kind of thinking, it is only natural that we are involved in supporting community and cultural facilities.
- Sparkasse Nürnberg has a balance sheet total of more than €9 billion and is the second-largest savings bank in Bavaria. It provides a comprehensive range of financial services at its 103 branches and 17 competence centres.
- Sparkasse Nürnberg is the market leader in its region, with over 345,000 customers and a 40 per cent share of the private current account market.
- Sparkasse Nürnberg has 2,000 employees, making it one of the region's biggest employers. It also recruits around 80 trainees every year.
- Sparkasse Nürnberg is deeply rooted in the region and sets great store in keeping in touch with its customers. In 2010, it invested €3.2 million in local projects and initiatives.
Sparkasse Berchtesgadener Land
>> With 26 offices and more than 400 employees, Sparkasse Berchtesgadener Land is a strong and reliable partner for its customers in the region.
Sparkasse Berchtesgadener Land - synonymous with stability, confidence, and safety.
We are the leading bank in our region and play an important role in the local economy as a client, taxpayer, employer, and provider of on-the-job training.
Our business philosophy is centred around staying in touch with our customers in order to offer the best financial services and friendly, expert advice. Additionally, we support people and institutions through our social efforts in the region.