New approaches to support german SMEs in Industry 4.0 Application

Keynote: Dr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker, ClusterAgentur Baden-Württemberg will introduce the multi-level support system for Industry 4.0 in Germany and the different roles of innovation intermediaries.

Keynote: Dr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Industry 4.0, traditional support schemes, like R&D programmes do not provide the desired impact on competitiveness of SMEs. Consequently, new approaches are needed to provide systematic support, tackling the different facets of Industry 4.0.

The presentation introduces the multi-level support system as implemented in Germany. Focus is given on the interplay between the Federal and Federal States level, the institutional and programmatic support schemes and the increasing importance of regional innovation strategies.

Dr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker is head of section “Regional Transformation” of VDI/VDE-IT, based in Baden-Württemberg