So the idea is there, but how can it be implemented? And what is the best way to make efficient use of raw materials and supplies? Readily accessible and professional advice is frequently the key factor in whether – or not – small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) will be able to develop and realise their product ideas. This is where the ‘go-Inno’ programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) takes effect. Our experts within the ‘Innovative capacity and research transfer’ and ‘Environment, culture, sustainability’ work groups have supported this programme since 2014.
The programme is two-fold: the ‘go-innovative’ module focuses on the development of new products, innovative manufacturing methods and on the initiation of collaboration between suppliers, innovators and funding partners. The ‘go-efficient’ module is designed to provide SMEs with comprehensive consulting services aimed at increasing the efficiency of material input in their manufacturing processes and products. Not only does this contribute to lowering the environmental burden, it also provides the businesses with economic advantages. The programme has introduced what are known as ‘Innovation Vouchers’ that provide SMEs with largely bureaucracy-free and effective support from professional consultants. BMWi finances part of the costs.
The combination of specialist disciplines within the DLR Project Management Agency – innovation management on the one hand, and expertise in sustainability and efficiency on the other – allows synergistic effects to emerge in the models through the pooling of experience and a combination of specific and broad-based consultancy services. If the modules were treated independently, this would not be possible.