The InnovationCampus SNIC (Start-up + Network + Innovation + Campus) is a unique network that links science, business and municipal business support services. Its goal is to accelerate innovation dynamics between companies (mainly SMEs) and participating universities and research institutions. In pursuit of its mission, SNIC is offering relevant findings from research to companies, and taking up problems from companies for further applied research. SNIC’s approach to bridge universities with industry and municipal business services as well as chambers of commerce and craft goes beyond bilateral cooperation between firms and research institutions. The approach enables stakeholders to gain multiple synergies. All stakeholders participate in developing an innovative region.
SNIC’s activities build upon the experiences and competencies on the local level. SNIC makes use of successful specific formats at one place to develop corresponding formats with others. SNIC makes available helpful knowledge and competences in one institution to all others within the region. As a result, stakeholders in the entire region are empowered to participate in innovative events and projects. By making local expertise, skills and existing services available to an extended circle of regional stakeholders, SNIC promotes effective use of the region’s resources.
SNIC partners are the four universities in the region — the University of Göttingen, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HAWK) Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, the PFH Private University of Applied Sciences Göttingen and the Clausthal University of Technology — with the counties of Göttingen, Goslar, Holzminden and Northeim, the City of Göttingen and the Chamber of Crafts of Hildesheim and Lower Saxony. They all joined forces within the Southern Lower Saxony Foundation “SüdniedersachsenStiftung” to establish and to promote the power to innovate. Under the umbrella of Hannover’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the SNIC is also supported by 21 partners from the business sector who take an active part in developing the ability to innovate as a social responsibility.
SNIC focuses on the transfer of knowledge: Technology consultants travel throughout the region to help primarily small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) identify and implement innovative projects in cooperation with scientific institutions or other companies. SNIC’s innovation scouts search within universities and research institutions for applicable research findings. Various events bring researchers and entrepreneurs together to discuss latest advances and findings in research and science as well as applications in businesses.
Historical Lecture Theatre of the University of Göttingen. Foto: Uni Göttingen
HAWK location at Haarmannplatz in Holzminden. Foto: HAWK
Main building of the Clausthal University of Technology. Foto: TU Clausthal
The PFH Plaza at Private University of Applied Sciences Göttingen. Foto: PFH Göttingen
The companies, in turn, provide university graduates with knowledge relating to innovation processes and how to start up their own businesses. This knowledge transfer aims at strengthening entrepreneurial dynamics. Curricula offered by the SNIC range from a comprehensive start-up qualification program with workshops on entrepreneurship, an intrapreneurship education and Master’s degree program in Innovation Management. SNIC also provides start-up consulting, crowdfunding advice as well as a business angel network. SNIC pre-incubator and SNIC accelerator Life-Sciences offer entrepreneurs founding a start-up with sector-specific advice, workshop programs and work space in a building where they can work 24/7 free-of-charge to turn their business ideas into reality.
Beyond this, SNIC addresses the shortage of skilled and qualified professionals within the region. At low-threshold events, students, doctoral candidates and business owners have the opportunity to become acquainted with each other and build collaborative networks. The economy benefits from field trips to businesses: when future specialists visit companies, potential employers can attract up-and-coming qualified professionals. Prospective university graduates gain a feel for their entry and career opportunities at companies within and beyond the region. On top, SNIC supports students and companies in application-oriented Bachelor, Master and Doctoral theses.