ruhr:HUB and IVAM Microtechnology Network enter into a strategic partnership
Digitalization support for high-tech SMEs:
More success by collaborations – this is the motto of networking initiatives, associations and other organizations. This can generate useful synergies and create significant added value for all members of the networks involved.
In order to push the process of digitalization at small and medium-sized companies in the high-tech sector, the initiative ruhr:HUB and the IVAM Microtechnology Network form a strategic network partnership.
ruhr:HUB CEO Oliver Weimann explains the advantages of the cooperation: „The networking of start-ups with established companies is one of the core tasks of ruhr:HUB. With IVAM, we were able to gain a partner who, together with its member companies, is pushing ahead massively with digitalization in Germany and showing great interest in innovative business models.“
IVAM Managing Director Thomas Dietrich is also looking forward to actively promoting digitalization together: „Established SMEs often lack the necessary know-how. Inhibitions have to be overcome. At the same time, an active, highly motivated IT start-up scene is created that has the requisite know-how. If both groups work together, the challenges of tomorrow’s industry can be met. ruhr:HUB helps our members find the right contacts.“
IVAM Microtechnology Network is an international association with members in the fields of microtechnology, nanotechnology, advanced materials, MEMS and photonics. IVAM supports mainly small and medium-sized companies in bringing innovative technologies and products to market and thus securing advantages in international competition. Since 1995 IVAM has been supporting companies and institutions from all around the world. The central mission of the association is to create synergies and to support its members in exchanging knowledge, initiating joint projects and networking with each other and potential customers. An overview of all IVAM members is available online: http://ivam.de/members
As an initiative of the six Ruhrarea cities – Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Mülheim an der Ruhr, the ruhr:HUB serves as a central point of contact for the digital economy in the Ruhrarea. ruhr:HUB offers start-ups a platform to connect with industry, science, investors and politics and build up the necessary network for successful growth. The aim is to support companies and start-ups in emerging digitalization issues and to equip the region and its rapidly growing start-up scene for the future.