HELPING OTHERS TO HELP THEMSELVES
"The Baden-Wuerttemberg chambers of commerce and industry (CCI) support companies in their innovation processes and provide the framework necessary for a successful transfer of knowledge and technology between research and industry. In individual initial consulting sessions or at information events, CCIs provide information on issues relating to innovation projects, for example on industrial property rights, policies and directives (e.g. the CE label), support programmes, innovation management, opportunities for cooperation with research institutions and the design, manufacturing and marketing of inventions. Through their technology transfer representatives and/or the Innovationsallianz für die Technologie-Region Karlsruhe (innovation alliance for the Karlsruhe technology region, www.innoallianz-ka.de), the CCIs connect companies and academic institutions for cooperative innovation projects. The newly established TOP-Wissenschaft search portal (www.top-wissenschaft.de) allows companies to find the right contacts in research institutes themselves. Additionally, the IHK technology Exchange (www.technologieboerse.ihk.de), the IHK Cooperation Exchange (www.ihk-kooperationsboerse.de) and, for pan-European technology offers, the CCI-supported EEN Technology Market of the Enterprise Europe Network (www.enterprise-europe-bw.de) are made available for companies free of charge. "