Steinbeis Europa ZentrumEnabling Innovators to Grow

Steinbeis Europa Zentrum stands for 34 years of experience in innovation consulting and research funding in Europe and beyond. With more than 80 EU projects and around 800 partnerships in 50 countries every year, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum is well networked and helps its clients to enter international markets.

We are the Number 1 for EU projects in Germany – as company with 146 project participations. This has been shown by an evaluation of the participation of organisations in the European research framework programmes Horizon 2020 (2014-2021) and Horizon Europe ( 2021-2027) (as of 1/2023).

Well-connected with international partners and networks, we stand by companies, start-ups, universities, research institutions and cluster initiatives on issues of innovation management, financing, EU applications, international markets, regional and social transformation and innovation policy.

For all target groups, we offer further training on proposal writing, project management and innovation. Together with economic development agencies, representatives of the state ministries and the EU, we conceptualise and organise large congresses and information events, including international ones, bringing together innovation actors from the entire value chain.

With various activities from the non-profit, economic as well as European sectors, we create added value for our clients: companies and start-ups, universities and research institutions, cluster initiatives and networks, public sector actors.

Steinbeis Europa Zentrum consists of three strong partners: Steinbeis EU FOR YOU (formerly SEZ, founded in 1990, part of Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH), Steinbeis 2i GmbH (founded in 2016) and Steinbeis IDEA Europe (the Institute of the Commissioner for Europe of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Württemberg, founded in 2018, part of Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH).

Vision & MissionEuropean Innovations for a sustainable society and responsible industrial transition

Enabling innovators to grow

We empower innovators to realise their potential and drive their ideas forward.

We strategically connect researchers, entrepreneurs and public stakeholders, boosting previously untapped opportunities and nurturing co-creation.

We are passionate about bringing the world together through innovation partnerships because we believe in the impact of innovation.

We are committed to utilising our skills and expertise for the benefit of our partners and customers, reaching out beyond the boundaries of place and expectations.

Starting from Baden-Württemberg, we are committed to sustainable growth and engaged in our international network and projects, including more than 600 innovative partners.

Let's move Europe forward in connecting competences and solving future challenges!

We stand for diversityOur team

At Steinbeis Europa Zentrum, 100 people are involved in more than 80 ongoing international projects at the Stuttgart and Karlsruhe locations. Interdisciplinary, international and highly qualified - made up of engineers, natural scientists, economists, social scientists, humanists and cultural scientists from around 15 countries, we provide clients with expert knowledge and creative ideas.

MilestonesThe History of Steinbeis Europa Zentrum

  • Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism, re-appoints Dr. Petra Püchner as Commissioner for Europe.

    In September 2021, Steinbeis 2i GmbH, Steinbeis IDEA Europe (Institute of the Commissioner for Europe) and Steinbeis EU FOR YOU join their forces under the umbrella brand Steinbeis Europa Zentrum.

  • Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism, appoints Dr. Petra Püchner as her new Commissioner for Europe.

  • In October 2016, Steinbeis 2i GmbH is founded by Dr. Petra Püchner and Dr. Jonathan Loeffler as a daughter of Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum der Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH. Steinbeis 2i focusses on innovation and internationalization activities.

    In 2015 Steinbeis Europa Zentrum is 25 years old.

  • Steinbeis Europa Zentrum receives the Steinbeis Prize of Transfer together with Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Angewandte Akustik, Fraunhofer-Institut für Bauphysik IBP and Werkstätte für Orgelbau Mühleisen GmbH from Leonberg for their successful research cooperation in the development of organs. In the same year it receives the prize of the Enterprise Europe Network for its service “Innovation Audit”.

  • 2009: Steinbeis Europa Zentrum supports the Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Württemberg with consultancy services for the EU programme INTERREG IVB with a focus on Central Europe, Alpine Space and Northwest Europe.

    2008: Steinbeis Europa Zentrum becomes a partner in the Enterprise Europe Network, funded by the European Commission.

  • 2006: The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology re-appoints  Steinbeis Europa Zentrum as national contact points for SMEs in Baden-Württemberg. In autumn, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum receives the official nomination as EU Information Centre for universities in Baden-Württemberg on behalf of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg.

    2005: Steinbeis Europa Zentrum is celebrating 10 years of Innovation Relay Centre Network and its 15th anniversary with an international conference “Innovation through cooperation” in close cooperation with BMBF.

  • 2002: Prof. Norbert Höptner becomes Third Commissioner for Europe.

    2000: A second office in Karlsruhe is established.

  • 1995: The Value Relay Centre network transforms into Innovation Relay Centres. Steinbeis Europa Zentrum becomes Leader of Innovation Relay Centres Stuttgart - Nürnberg - Erfurt, funded by the EU.

  • 1993: Steinbeis Europa Zentrum is commissioned to become a Value Relay Centre by the EU. It is one of four Centres in Germany.

    1990: Steinbeis Europa Zentrum was founded as the operational unit of Prof. Hans J. Tümmers, the First Commissioner for Europe. The office started with two employees.

Our topics We enable innovation

Digitalisation & Industry 4.0

Agriculture, Bioeconomy & Environment


Climate, Energy, Mobility & Smart Cities

Culture, Creativity & Inclusive Society

Transformation in and with the society

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