Fostering a Culture of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Start (k)up. Ravensburg

A networking and support platform for young entrepreneurs, startups, and spin-offs

New technology combined with the entrepreneurial zest it takes to make things happen have always been drivers of innovation. What’s new, however, is the pace at which things are moving forward thanks to extremely rapid advancements in information and communication technology (ICT). This provides a base for the further digitalization of processes, systems, and products in many areas of the economy and society. It also boosts the potential of many industries and sectors, giving rise to entirely new industries, business models, and products. A number of services offered by established and regional companies – as well as universities, economic development agencies, and technology networks – are helping startups with their first steps into self-employment. One provider of such support is Start (k)up. Ravensburg, an initiative co-sponsored by Steinbeis with the aim of establishing an environment conducive to innovation and startups, especially on a local level within the business community.

Start (k)up. is a joint initiative between Prisma Group, the Liebenau Foundation, Steinbeis, the Ravensburg District Economic Development Agency, Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences, the City of Ravensburg, and bwcon. It sees itself as a subject-based networking and support platform for young entrepreneurs, startups, and spin-offs, although it also supports students, SMEs, corporations, and leading enterprises in the economic region of Lake Constance, Upper Swabia, and the Allgäu. It also strives to appeal to members of the general public.

The aim of the initiative is to create a startup-friendly environment on a regional level by offering themed events, special activities, and support initiatives. It also offers the opportunity for new and established companies to forge networks thanks to a selection of targeted support instruments. The measures being organized by the network initiative include workshops, coaching services, public relations, and networking events on a variety of topics relating to technology and innovation, as well as the health care and social sectors, including corresponding training programs.

Making people the number one priority

A key factor in all this is people, their potential, and actively fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. It is the skilled workers of today and tomorrow that enable companies to deal with the new realities of the economy and society, thanks to creativity and innovative capabilities that empower them to become active drivers of the digital age.

The multi-purpose facilities offered at the networking building at kup. Ravensburg not only provides the Start (k)up. initiative with an inspiring location for working on ideas; with its integrated co-working spaces it can also be used by other innovative, technology-centered, and creative enterprises. The building also houses a support area for people with disabilities.

One area of focus at the site is the topic of digital transformation. The increasing prevalence of digitalization is giving rise to a number of new working models, particularly when it comes to helping people who depend on support from others. It is important to consider innovations with a bearing on such groups of the population and to shed light on aspects affecting society as a whole.

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Hans-Joachim Hölz (author)
Steinbeis Entrepreneur
Steinbeis Transfer Center Ravensburg District (Ravensburg)

Stefan Nachbaur (author)
Managing director
PRISMA Zentrum für Standort- und Regionalentwicklung GmbH (Friedrichshafen)