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Enabling Networks Münsterland
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Enabling Networks Münsterland

The funding project

Enabling Networks Münsterland is a regional collaborative project that combines the key potentials of Münsterland in the field of innovation with the aim of structurally and sustainably improving innovation promotion and innovation marketing.

These special potentials for Münsterland result from a pronounced regional research competence and the highly specialised, mostly medium-sized, economic structure. The focus of the project is to improve the networking of these two innovation drivers and to work together on innovations.

The Enabling Networks project turns target groups into actors and forms a new interface for regional innovation promotion between companies, science, business development, politics and the public. The overarching goal is to promote regional innovation structures by establishing and consolidating networks and cooperations in the five innovation competence fields (IKF) of the Münsterland. These were identified in a regional environment analysis as part of the predecessor project "Enabling Innovation Münsterland".

The Enabling Networks project consists of two main packages of measures: The first provides for the establishment and implementation of entrepreneurial think tanks in all innovation competence fields. These pursue the intention of developing future strategies and suggestions for regional innovation promotion in the form of recommendations for action for regional innovation promotion and the political environment. The second package of measures networks companies and higher education institutions in the region and provides impulses for advancing innovations through low-threshold regional technology scouting in the innovation competence fields of the Münsterland. This dialogue-oriented provision of information can then be linked to cooperation opportunities and recommendations for action. These can also be integrated into the future strategies of the think tanks.

Project data

Project title Enabling Networks Münsterland
Project partner
  • Lead partner (coordination) Münsterland e.V.
  • Technology Promotion Münster
  • Economic Development Coesfeld
  • Economic Development Agency District of Borken
  • Steinfurt District Economic Development
  • Economic Development Agency District of Warendorf
  • AFO WWU Münster
  • TAFH Münster GmbH of the Münster University of Applied Sciences
  • Münster University of Applied Sciences (Institute for Energy and Process Technology and Institute for Infrastructure ∙ Water ∙ Resources ∙ Environment)
  • University of Westphalia
  • Society for Bioanalytics Münster e.V.
  • Surface Network NRW e.V.
Total volume

2,350,915 euros


80 % funding
Grant from the State of NRW using funds from
the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014 - 2020

Implementation period 01.09.2019 – 31.08.2022
  • Networking of innovation promotion in the Münsterland region
  • Promotion of the five regional innovation competence fields (Digital Solutions, Life Sciences, Engineering Pro, Engineering Pro, Materials and Surfaces, Sustainable Eco) through the establishment and consolidation of networks
  • Development of future scenarios and recommendations for action for the further development of the regional innovation competence fields
  • Establishment of a specific form of technology scouting for small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Location marketing "Münsterland Innovation Region
Target groups
  • Company representatives/business representatives/managing directors
  • Research and development
  • People interested in innovation
  • Establishment of entrepreneurial "think tanks" for the strategic further development of one innovation competence field each
  • Carrying out innovation scouting trips with the think tanks
  • Holding events on the innovation scouting trips with the think tanks
  • Testing of technology scouting in the five innovation competence fields

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