Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
Business and technology support for companies, investors and scientific institutions in Berlin – this is the Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH mission. With customized services and an excellent science and research network, our many experts provide an outstanding range of programs to help companies launch, innovate, expand and secure their economic future in Berlin.
A unique public-private partnership, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology collaborates with the Berlin State Senate and over 270 companies dedicated to promoting their city. Berlin Partner is also responsible for marketing the German capital to the world, for example with the successful “be Berlin” campaign.
Berlin Senate Department of Economics
Berlin Senate Department of Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises
Modern Berlin has become a global centre of innovation. It is Europe’s startup capital, having topped London in 2015 for the second time. A total of 2,1 billion Euro were invested in local startups. Every 20 hours a new digital company is founded in Berlin. In total, 40,000 new businesses every year. Services and technology have become the driving factors of modern Berlin that was once a world-famous industrial city.
Abundance of ideas and excellence in research draws many entrepreneurs and businesspeople to Berlin. In numbers, there are four public universities, seven schools of applied sciences and 30 private schools with 171,000 students combined. Numerous centres of Germany’s longstanding research institutions are located in the city: twelve Leibniz institutes, Max Planck (6), Fraunhofer (4), Helmholtz (3).
Nobody would have assumed this kind of success given that Berlin, for many years, was among the poorest states of Germany. Today, it has one of the fastest growing economies, with a consecutive GDP growth of 2,2 percent in 2015, far beyond the average growth rate of Germany at 1,7. Every 12 minutes, a new job is created, almost 140,000 jobs over the past four years. Every year, 40,000 people move to Berlin.
The goal of the Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research is to secure Berlin’s recent leading position and make it a global hub. Ten so called centres of future, local innovation parks for smart industries, are currently being developed. Creating a network for electric vehicles, launching 5G sites for commercial enterprises and expanding 200 Mbit-internet over the entire city are other focal areas to make Berlin a global pacemaker for innovation in the digital age.
Center for Technology and Society – TU Berlin
Center for Technology and Society – TU Berlin
The Center for Technology and Society is an institution that was established to enable research beyond topical limitations. This institution explores current social relevant problems and subjects in all areas of possible conflict and discusses these with all significant scientists and others e.g. economy, civil society and governmental institutions.
Due to the social-scientific perspective, legal, economic and user- specific concerns the innovation and transform processes are put into a context of embodiment concerning technological and other configurations, thus put on a common basis. Due to the long-time experience in implementing such projects this institute has established a reputation as being a brain-trust for developing inter-disciplinary methods for research, thus resulting in diverse published media.
Our diverse research activities are reflected in our structure that subclassifies our scope of topics. Six thematic subjects that we explore and are supplemented with references to crosssectional areas. This underlining our social scientific approach. Our findings derived from the social scientific technical, energy, mobility and sustainability research are then published and presented at diverse events within the scientific communities.
The Technology and Socially Society Center supports the TU Berlin's general principal concerning current endeavours developing and solving societies future challenges.
Chris Barker Consulting – CBC
Chris Barker Consulting – CBC
Chris Barker Consulting is focused on advocating the role of technology in advancing the modernization of transportation and urban mobility. CBC provides business, communications and public policy consulting support to automakers, aerospace companies, suppliers, technology companies, transit/energy organizations, investment firms and government organizations around the globe.
Are you planning to take a trip with your electronic car? eCharge.work will find the next free charging station for you – fast and easy. We are developing the largest Hotel based charging station network worldwide making your next trip hassle free!
Hardly a day goes by without there being News regarding new regulations for CO2 emissions in cities, or manufacturers/countries announcing they want to put more electric models on the market.
Thanks to years of experience in the energy market and developing software for hotels, eCharge provides hotels with charging infrastructure for electronic vehicles and signs cooperation agreements providing free charging stations to Hotels in exchange for being the exclusive charge point at the property for a period of seven years.
The Hotels, through eCharge stations, open a new revenue stream since we share part of the profit from selling energy to the guests.
Currently the number of electric vehicles being registered is increasing by over 30% every year – a trend that will is unlikely to change course for years to come. A future dominated and based on e-mobility is not a distant future scenario. It is a reality that is just around the corner and will soon be the norm.
Be part of this exciting movement – be part of our e-mobility community!
eMO is an agency of the State of Berlin that operates under the aegis of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology. eMO’s partners are the State of Brandenburg and companies and institutions active in the fields of business and science. The following belong to eMO’s highest advisory body, the Steering Commitee: The Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises; for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection; and for Finances, respectively; as well as the Senate Chancellery and the Brandenburg Ministry for Economic and European Affairs.
The Berlin Agency for Electromobility eMO is the central point of contact for smart mobility in the German capital region. eMO brings together expertise and actors from business, science, politics and administration, and supports the initiation, execution and marketing of regional, national and international innovation projects in the field of smart mobility.
Its activities follow the so-called CASES approach: connected, automated, shared, electric, sustainable. It therefore exploits the opportunities of technological, social and ecological innovation by doing more than simply electrifying vehicle powertrains, thereby making mobility safer, cleaner and more sustainable and helping improve people's quality of life.
The FIWARE Community is an independent open community whose members are committed to materialise the FIWARE mission, that is: “to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of new Smart Applications in multiple sectors”.
The FIWARE Community is not only formed by contributors to the technology (the FIWARE API repository platform) but also those who contribute in building the FIWARE ecosystem and making it sustainable over time. As such, individuals and organizations committing relevant resources in FIWARE Lab activities or activities of the FIWARE Accelerator, FIWARE mundus or FIWARE iHubs programmes are also considered members of the FIWARE community.
Independence in decision making, openess, transparency and meritocracy are the cornerstone and founding principles of the FIWARE Community. An important part of the "FIWARE Culture" is also the proper balance between the individuals who invest their time and effort, the companies that build businesses on FIWARE and the application developers who build and deploy new applications based on FIWARE technologies. The structure of the the FIWARE Community encourages all forms of contributions and provides safeguards against losing the balance between the various members of the community.
The work in the FIWARE Community is organised in dedicated teams: FIWARE Chapters, Technical Committees and Ecosystem Support Committees. FIWARE Chapters and Technical Committees deal with coordination of activities that are of technical nature, while FIWARE Ecosystem Support Committees are focused in non-technical relevant activities such as those linked to the FIWARE Accelerator, the FIWARE Mundus or the FIWARE iHubs programmes.
INFRANEU is the "German Main Association for Infrastructures and Sustainability" (since 2011).
It was founded in December 1994 in Berlin as the "Main Association for Infrastructure in the new federal states". It is an association of
- private and public companies
- scientific institutions
- municipal partners
- professionals and political multipliers.
The focuses of INFRANEU are sustainable infrastructure solutions for all kinds of social, economical, cultural and ecological needs. Taking into consideration the increasing European integration and global challenges it has also shifted towards European countries and China. We are guided by the findings of the Brundtland Commission and are partner of the Club of Sophia.
LAT is a German, second generation family owned and operated firm for mobility related services, including (cable)construction for railroad tracks and passenger safety systems for public transport. The SME is managed by two sisters, and supplies a broad range of services and products from special civil- to safety engineering for every aspect of trackage, including signal-, construction- and video surveillance systems.
The construction unit LAT Fernmelde-Montagen und Tiefbau GmbH offers quality construction work with a focus on highly complex power cables and communication networks for the public sector.
Areas of focus include:
-construction and reinstatement of railway related systems such as 50 Hz
-control and signaling, including cable and special foundation works
-cable laying, cable troughs and conductor rail systems
The entity is certified to work during normal railway operation, fulfills RAL-GZ 962/2 “Kabelleitungstiefbau” and DIN ISO 9001:2015. The construction teams are pre-qualified by Deutsche Bahn and used to fulfilling complex projects in short time spans. Customers include DB Netz AG, Siemens AG Industry Mobility, Strabag AG, Balfour Beatty Rail, Spitzke AG and Heitkamp.
The video surveillance and network entity LAT Funkanlagen-Service GmbH excels in mobile systems for bus, tram and trains.
Certified service electricians:
- customize, supply and service passenger and fleet connectivity solutions for near field transport, bus and tram manufacturers
- design, deploy and manage passenger WiFi and on-board passenger infotainment systems
- provide the basis for condition-based monitoring
Customers include Deutsche Bahn, BVG – Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, EVO, MAN, Solaris, Scania and VDL.
From the highest peak to the liveliest part of town – LEITNER ropeways is your connection!
LEITNER ropeways – one of the world’s leading developers and producers of ropeway transport systems – has always relied on its unique strengths that customers around the world appreciate: Premium development quality meets peerless design and outstanding comfort, safety and reliability standards. The company focuses in particular on the perfect overall package, developed in-house and tailored to the customer’s specific requirements: from the drive system and control technologies right up to the cabins and station buildings. Besides being used for winter sports, demand for this expertise is also growing strongly in cities and the tourism sector.
With its products, LEITNER ropeways demonstrates its qualities as a premium provider, while also responding individually to a wide range of requirements. The company’s many products are still unique and unrivaled worldwide to this day. For example the LEITNER DirectDrive, which is the centerpiece of many ropeways and has been setting standards for drives for 15 years. Developed, produced and installed on-site by LEITNER ropeways, it impresses customers around the world with four unbeatable attributes: reliability, energy efficiency, environmental friendliness and silent running.
LEITNER ropeways’ recipe for success includes working with the team from Italian design studio Pininfarina. In addition to the striking Symphony gondolas, the upgraded EVO gondolas, and a station with innovative design and functions now make up the successful “Pininfarina collection”.
With these products, LEITNER ropeways is pointing the way forward when it comes to quality – from the highest peak to the liveliest parts of cities like Mexico City or Berlin.
The IGA “Gardens of the World” ropeway, which gives visitors a whole new perspective on the International Garden Show in Berlin, is an innovative example of successful urban use of LEITNER ropeways products. The wheelchair-accessible ropeway is an experience and a means of transportation rolled into one as it provides a link to the U5 subway line, allowing the exhibition site to be reached quickly from the city center and connecting the two districts of Marzahn and Hellersdorf in a particularly sustainable and effective way.
LuxMobility is a young company (founded in 2013) with a solid background. It is an ambitious privately owned organisation based in Luxembourg. The permanent staff of LuxMobility consists of 4 senior consultants that have a vast experience in the field of Mobility, Traffic and Transport as well as in Education and Training in these areas. The basis of the company finds its origin in DTV Consultants, a leading consultancy firm in traffic, transport and education in the Netherlands.
LuxMobility has the mission to become a leading international operating consultancy within the field of Mobility and Sustainable Transport. LuxMobility aims to play a major role in providing solutions for the growing mobility problems in cities worldwide.
LuxMobility operates as a network organisation. The abovementioned core staff of the company is extended whenever necessary with a number of dedicated Associated Consultants. These consultants have their own field of expertise and experience and will be appointed depending on the subject of the project. Working is this manner makes LuxMobility very flexible and suited for many different projects, which is one of its core strengths. In a way, LuxMobility operates as a logical connector between mobility questions and solutions, with the right people for the job.
LuxMobility is producing knowledge, solutions and consultancy for mobility challenges in the urban environment. LuxMobility specializes in the following themes:
- Project management (including financial management) of large international consortia and projects
- Mobility and mobility management, including human behaviour
- Public Transport
- ITS and traffic management
- Traffic planning
- Traffic safety
- Traffic modelling, including traffic simulation (Macro and micro modelling)
- Policy studies
Morgenstadt Global Initiative (Fraunhofer Society)
11 different Fraunhofer institutes, 14 cities of varying sizes and 22 companies engaged in activities from automotive development to urban planning have come together to create the innovation network »Morgenstadt: City Insights« in order to collaboratively conceptualize and realize the future of an integrated, sustainable, liveable and resilient city of tomorrow. The objective of Morgenstadt is to help cities best utilize and help define this transformation process with the aim of creating more sustainable, liveable cities. Taking a holistic perspective on urban challenges, we aim to collaboratively develop solutions for urban problems, facilitating new partnerships and connecting all relevant stakeholders at an early stage. The Morgenstadt partners can draw on a large repertoire of possibilities and research results, which have been developed since 2012.
Mobility Concepts and Mobility as a service
The technological shift towards electric mobility and the need for new, sustainable mobility concepts in urban and rural areas, raises the expectations of industry and cities. In individual industrial as well as national and international funded projects, the competence center develops strategies and systemic solutions for the market-driven implementation of sustainable mobility. Current projects for example are about creating future scenarios for construction types and quantities of electric power units, implementation guidelines for the integration of electric mobility in European cities, as well as the development of business models for operational e-mobility. Furthermore, interdisciplinary joint projects, in which technological and competition-relevant potentials for the actors on the market are being identified and made useful, can be named as part of our expertise.
We at MotionTag are convinced that a sustainable future for our cities lies in building smarter mobility. Travelling should be smooth, easy, accessible, affordable, efficient and eco-responsible. Our mission is to improve everyday journeys by simplifying the whole transport system within and around cities.
Based on the Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) concept, we make use of new technologies to deliver seamless and integrated mobility solutions. Our two complementary products provide you with actionable knowledge in order to deliver the best traveling experience to your passengers. We help you leverage data analytics and real-time passenger information to provide MaaS and demand-driven transportation. We love to make mobility smoother. Let’s make cities smarter, together.
New City was founded by Mrs. Alejandra Labarca who was the former Director of the Cities of Tomorrow Area at the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation in Chile. Our mission is to contribute to have a better world through the building of intelligent and sustainable cities where the citizen id the center of every action. New City believes in the power of people to change the world. Smarter cities and citizens are our objective
- We are network articulators in the smart city domain
- We design activities to for the knowledge, technology and good practices transfer
- We support the organization of dialogues, meetings, seminars regarding smart cities needs and new practices and technologies etc
- We create, design, organize and manage projects with many stakeholders and new technologies for the cities.
The nexus Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research was founded in 1999 as a spin off from the Center of Technology and Society (CTS) at the Berlin Institute of Technology (Technische Universität Berlin - TUB), Germany. nexus has a long standing expertise in research on mobility, demographic changes, rural areas, civil society, globalization and identity, governance, knowledge and culture of organizations. nexus is involved in research projects of the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP 7) and is looking for partners.
Products and services of nexus comprise practical and application-oriented research projects (local to international levels, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary), activating evaluation, cooperation management, qualitative knowledge management and the development, testing and optimization of services and civil society infrastructures.
The nexus research-team facilitates workshops, manages projects and organizes public relations as required by the client. Participation and involvement of citizens is a core competency of nexus.
nexus has bundled its core competencies in participatory processes and methods in its Academy of Participatory Methods (APM). On the website of the academy you can find more information, advice and services on citizens’ exhibitions, planning cells and the salon method.
ATLAS.ti is a strategic partner of the nexus institute. nexus uses ATLAS.ti for the analysis of qualitative data.
NUMA Berlin is a startup hub producing growth and innovation programs for entrepreneurs and corporates. We are part of the global network of NUMA, reaching from Berlin and Paris to Mexico, New York City and beyond. Our aim is to empower mission-driven technology entrepreneurs to solve the global problems of 2030. DataCity is NUMA's signature Smart City program, where we facilitate innovation at the intersection of startups, corporates and city authorities.
OASC (Open & Agile Smart Cities Initiative)
The Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC) is a city-driven, non-profit organisation. The overall objective is to create a Smart City market. OASC was founded in January 2015 and came to life with the first wave of cities joining in March 2015. OASC continues to grow.
OASC kickstarts the use of a shared set of methods to develop systems and make them interoperable across a single city as well as between multiple cities. Today’s smart cities are pioneering solutions that improve local practices while promoting sustainable job creation. OASC provides the network for cities all over the world to share best practices, compare results, and avoid vendor (and city) lock-in while advocating for de facto standards.
Smart City market through four de facto standards
Global de facto standards for portability and interoperability provide a clear path to creating a true global market for smart city services. OASC advocates cities to adopt four simple mechanisms as de facto standards. The first mechanism is a driven-by-implementation approach: This implies, among other things, that communities and developers can co-create their services.
The other three mechanisms are technical: an API, a set of data models, and an open data platform, which are described more precisely in the Open and Agile Smart Cities Background Document.
Companies benefit from the OASC initiative as they can now offer services that comply with these mechanisms to help cities with implementation. Interested companies can be listed on the initiative website and can join us at events.
The initiative is governed by the OASC Task Force and overseen by the Connected Smart Cities Network Board. However, cities remain in charge and each country is represented on the Task Force with one Task Force member.
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada - RTCSN
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada - RTCSN
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is a regional entity that oversees public transportation, traffic management, roadway design and construction funding, transportation planning and regional planning efforts known as Southern Nevada Strong. As the Las Vegas Valley’s population continues to increase daily, so too does traffic congestion and the RTC identifies transportation challenges and explores and implements both short and long-term resolutions while simultaneously promoting sustainability, air quality improvement, enhanced mobility and increased quality of life in the region. On July 3, 2004, RTC became the official administrator of FAST. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the RTC became full-fledged funding partners, contributing to the operations and management of FAST. In spring 2015, the RTC also became the administrator of Southern Nevada Strong, the valley’s first and only regional plan to build complete communities that provide transportation choices, employment opportunities, housing options and quality education.
- Implement transportation systems that improve air quality in Southern Nevada;
- Develop fully integrated modal options;
- Integrate the system geographically
- Secure funding for expansion, operation, and maintenance of systems and routes;
- And enhance public awareness and support of the regional transportation system.
The RTC provides mass transit that connects throughout Southern Nevada and administers programs that encourage sustainability, such as Club Ride Commuter Services that promotes walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling and taking transit to and from work. As a public agency, the RTC has a great responsibility to the community and therefore recruits and retains only the best and brightest people in the industry. RTC representatives are motivated to achieve excellence and strengthen the agency’s community investment by striving to attain key objectives.
Segway Inc. is the manufacturer of the two-wheeled, self-balancing Segway PT, the Segway miniPro and other personal transporters. Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, the name "Segway" is a homophone of "segue" (a smooth transition, literally Italian for "follows").
Segway Inc., a pioneer of self-balancing personal transporters and holder of many key patents is based in New Hampshire, United States and has niche markets with police departments, military bases, warehouses, corporate campuses, and industrial sites. Since it was acquired by Chinese company Ninebot in 2015 it has developed a stronger presence in the consumer market with smaller products such as the Segway miniPro. The legality of the use of these novel personal electric vehicles on the road varies with jurisdiction as authorities respond to the novel products coming onto the market.
Smart City Lab
Smart Cities Lab
Smart Cities Lab, originally set up in London, Hamburg & Mumbai, is a collaborative initiative aiming for development, delivery and export of smart ICT and mobile based services and products in the following priorities areas - Smart Cities, e- Health, Energy, Environment, Agrifood and Logistics. Smart Cities Lab is actively promoting FIWARE and OpenStack technologies and cooperation of national and global companies, universities and clusters with relevant counterparts. Although borne in Europe, the open community FIWARE platform has been promoting international markets in the last years. Actually, the Lab is setting the technical backbone for Smart Mobility as a Service, based on FIWARE and Open Stack.
TRANSPOLIS - Exploring Innovative Urban Mobility Solutions
TRANSPOLIS is the unique smart city lab in Europe dedicated to innovative transportation systems and road equipment. TRANSPOLIS offers a 200-acre site for the reinvention of urban mobility solutions through systemic innovation and strategic partnerships.
TRANSPOLIS S.A.S. is a privately held services company created in 2011 by 7 major international players: RENAULT TRUCKS, COLAS, AIXAM (POLARIS Inc. USA), VIBRATEC, EVE SYSTEM, ADETEL and the research center IFSTTAR. Our mission is to help our clients innovate in the field of urban mobility and intelligent transportations systems.
Before 2011, TRANSPOLIS has been incubated by the french cluster LUTB transport & mobility systems.
The commitment of the founders reflects their understanding of the urgency to design and implement major innovations that will anticipate future needs in urban mobility and transportation systems.
TRANSPOLIS is developing the UNIQUE SMART CITY LAB at scale 1 in EUROPE for urban mobility and innovative transportation systems, a place where French and international groups innovate with a systemic approach (vehicles, energy, networks and telecoms, road equipment, infrastructure, IoT...).
Transportation Growth Initiative
Transportation Growth Initiative (TGI)
African countries suffers a barrage of problems challenging their development, from infrastructure to material, financial and human capacity which are crucial for the continent to be at per with her counterparts elsewhere. A cardinal necessity in this regard is efficient and sustainable transportation. In order to provide the fulcrum for galvanizing resources to achieve transportation efficiency, the Transportation Growth Initiative was incorporated as an independent, non-profit organization by stakeholders in the transportation and related industries in 2011. Key objectives of TGI is Transportation research, Human resource development and networking of local and international stakeholders. It began its journey with 7 member organizations composed mainly of government ministries/agencies relating to transportation and research institutes, but has grown over the years to 27 government agencies relating to transportation, 5 universities, 4 research institutes, 4 transportation unions, 9 corporate private transportation related companies, and several academics and individual transportation experts.
The main aim of TGI is to provide scientific appraisal of current transportation situation, recommend adaptable best practice initiatives and interventions to decision makers and other authorities on all modes of transportation. The TGI is supported by government at federal and state levels as well as key stakeholders and hosts annual transportation conference that brings together, engineers, scientists and other transportation professionals from the academia, practitioners, politicians and the general public, the first edition of the conference held in 2016. TGI also host quarterly modal based mobility dialogue and generate expert recommendations to authorities, amongst other activities.
We offer different sponsorship packages to present your company to a wide international audience at the International Urban Mobility Dialogues.
The Urban Mobility Dialogue 2017 Innovation Award celebrates outstanding solutions for brand-new mobility technology products.