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 startups. 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 startups is paying off.”
Bavaria comes first not only in its startup 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 startups, they have remained more or less constant in Bavaria. Zeil commented: “We must not slacken our efforts to promote startups 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 startups 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 Ottobrunn
Airbus Defence & Space
>> Airbus Defence and Space
is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe's number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. Capitalizing on a broad technology basis of research and development facilities and an extensive network of partnerships and customers, the company is driving innovation in the whole space domain. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately EUR 14 billion per year.
The Ludwig Bölkow Campus (LBC)
was officially founded in March 2012 with the aim of establishing an international hub for groundbreaking innovations, new ways of thinking, and practical training in the aerospace and security industry. The campus is to serve as a place where science, education, and industry come together from all over the world in a creative environment that helps innovative ideas turn into real products. A central focus of activities on the LBC is the targeted implementation of research findings into products ready for market. In order to cover the entire innovation process chain "from the idea to the product", numerous spin-offs are to be established on the LBC and the establishment of startup businesses is being promoted.
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.
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.