How can technological developments in the innovation competence fields in Münsterland be recognised more quickly and comprehensively and how can the actors in the region be sensitised to them? This is the goal of the measures in the area of technology scouting within the Enabling Networks Münsterland project. In this way, special technology knowledge is created with which companies, research institutions and competence centres can be even better networked.
The Enabling Networks Technology Scouts are an important building block in this process. Their task is to screen the Münsterland for technological competence carriers in a specific field of innovation competence. These can be companies or scientific institutions. The tech scouts are provided by five partner organisations with a high level of expertise. They have an overview of technological developments in their innovation competence fields and can use their network to involve other experts. At this point, Enabling Networks works together with bioanalytik Münster e.V., Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V. IWARU of Münster University of Applied Sciences, the Transfer Agency of Münster University of Applied Sciences and the Mechatronics Institute Bocholt of the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences.
The results of the technology scouting are made public in various ways: for example, they are bundled in a technology radar and presented in workshops and at other event formats with companies. The technology scouts help develop and implement these formats. In this way, new networks are created in the region, which at best lead to new innovations.
A total of five Münsterland think tanks with representatives from companies, research and regional networks are being set up within the Enabling Networks Münsterland project. These also network on specific technological topics.