Jinan Sino-German SMEs Collaborative Innovation Center, the first overseas technology incubator from Jinan, was established in the town of Étteringen, Stuttgart, Germany in September 2016. Its purpose is to promote communication and cooperation in intelligent manufacturing, robotics, automobile, information communication technology, environmental technology and other areas for both China and Germany. The establishment of innovation center will promote the technical cooperation between China and Germany, the combination of production and research and investment, mergers and acquisitions and other modes of collaborative development, enhance the comprehensive competitiveness of both enterprises. The incubator is located at about 20 km south of the city of Stuttgart, next to the Stuttgart International Airport and Convention and Exhibition Center, within 5 minutes’ walk from the light rail station. This area is a middle class residential area in Stuttgart region surrounded by convenient facilities, like apartments, supermarket, hotel, etc.
For enterprises that intend to find cooperation with the German enterprises, to expand the market in Europe and have the willingness to cooperate with Germany enterprises, Collaborative Innovation Center provides free access to the center, business consulting service, Financial agents, legal services and other services, as well as technical advice, project docking, technology patent transfer, international strategic advisory services, etc. In addition, various exchange activities between Jinan and Europe, such as business matchmaking, resource exchange, training and learning, will be easily to organized on this platform.
At present, the Innovation Center has built an area of about 1000 m2, with offices, multimedia conference rooms, VIP rooms, kitchen, rest area, etc. Over 20 Jinan companies has chosen to settle down here and over 10 cooperative projects, like digital plant based on industrial cloud and 3D digital display application, are signed.
Jinan Sino-German SME Collaborative Innovation Center is committed to set up a Sino-German cooperation bridge:
· To find a partner and to provide all the necessary support for cooperation according to specific needs of Chinese and European companies;
· To provide enterprises with the most valuable information for new investment projects;
· To establish contact with Germany's most well-known scientific research institutions such as Fraunhofer Scientific Research Association, Leibniz Institute, and many other universities in Germany, to catch on with the latest European technology, to bring the most advanced research results to China.