16 September 2021 - Companies and research institutions benefit from technology transfer

Transfer Day 2021

The digitalisation of the world of work offers great opportunities for companies. But who will help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) along the way? In the leading-edge cluster it's OWL, SMEs from OstWestfalenLippe are given a special funding opportunity. Together with a research institution, the companies face concrete challenges of the digital transformation and work on solutions. The concept is very well received by SMEs. The Leading-Edge Cluster has arranged around 250 transfer projects in the past nine years. At the it's OWL Transfer Day on 15 September, companies and research institutions presented the results and effects of 27 transfer projects to almost 100 participants.

How the transfer works

In transfer projects, companies tackle concrete challenges of the digital transformation. In doing so, they work together with a research institution, for example the FH Bielefeld, the University of Paderborn, the Fraunhofer IEM from Paderborn or the Fraunhofer IOSB-INA from Lemgo. They can use transfer vouchers for the project, with which they can get up to 80 percent of the costs reimbursed by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The advantages: The projects are uncomplicated to apply for and can be implemented quickly.

"In our case, the application and approval phase of the transfer voucher went very smoothly," says Hans Gerd Ansorge, Business Development, tagItron GmbH. His company is currently developing a new RFID reader in a transfer voucher. Another advantage of the model is that companies can quickly see the advantages of digitising processes, products and services. In this way, medium-sized companies in particular can take important steps on the path to Industry 4.0. "The it's OWL transfer voucher is an incredibly great tool for advancing transfer," sums up Benjamin Schattenberg, Technology and Knowledge Transfer Officer at the OWL Chamber of Industry and Commerce at Transfer Day 2021.