SPRIN-D

Federal Agency
For Disruptive Innovation

A home for
people with radical new ideas
Are you working on a project that provides answers to the social, environmental and economic challenges of our time? Then that’s something we should be doing together.
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Innovations come about through passion
Innovations come about through passion
We do what we do because we love it. We want to assist innovators who think the same way with their work, their progress. What this involves, for instance, is focusing not on control, but on shared goals and values.
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We can shape the future
We can shape the future
Seeing and using opportunities, developing and implementing visions.
We have a great desire to tackle things and get something done.
The future is what we make of it.
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Failure is part of this
Failure is part of this
Curiosity is the force that drives us. We burn to solve the big problems and take conscious risks to accomplish this.
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Innovations that constitute a quantum leap call for strong networks
Innovations that constitute a quantum leap call for strong networks
We work all over Germany. We believe in strong networks – with shared goals.
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The focus is on people and the common good
The focus is on people and the common good
We believe in humanist values – in freedom, self-determination and democracy.
We support only civilian projects, not military ones.
The common good and social issues are at the forefront of our work.
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Progress calls for entrepreneurial thought and action
Progress calls for entrepreneurial thought and action
We want to transfer ideas into products and services that bring long-term benefits for Germany and Europe. That's why we always think and act entrepreneurially - with the agility of a start-up.
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Success calls for personality and teamwork
Success calls for personality and teamwork
We are creating an environment in which personalities can unfold, focus on their strengths and collaborate with fellow innovators.

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WELCOME INSIDE
Who is Rafael Laguna? What makes him tick, what does he think, what does he want? Gain a picture of the founding director of SPRIND. (Article in German)
"I would replace the “German fear” gene with a courage gene. We have achieved so much in Germany and Europe in the last 75 years. 120 years ago, the physics and chemistry books were written in German. We invented entire industries and were the world’s pharmacy."

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A GOOD INVENTION ENHANCES THE GOOD
Annette Riedel from Deutschlandfunk Kultur has lots of questions for SPRIND. A delightful in-depth conversation. (Article in German)
Annette Riedel redet TACHELES (in gleichnamiger Rubrik) mit Rafael Laguna, dem SPRIND-Gründungsdirektor: „Haben Sie so eine Art Glaskugel oder wie funktioniert diese Entscheidung, zu sagen: In dieser Idee steckt mehr als ein bisschen was Besseres, ein bisschen was Netteres von Gehabtem drin, das hat wirklich das Potenzial zu etwas völlig Neuem?“

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MORE CREATIVE, FASTER, RISKIER
Jan-Martin Wiarda, Süddeutsche Zeitung, on SPRIND founding director Rafael Laguna – and the attempt to plan the unplannable. (Article in German)
„So ungewöhnlich SPRIND als staatliche Behörde ist, so exotisch wirkt der Lebenslauf ihres Chefs. Als Laguna zehn Jahre alt war, durfte seine Familie aus der DDR in den Westen übersiedeln, weil sein Vater Spanier war. Es ging ins Sauerland, wo Laguna die Welt der Computer entdeckte. Seine erste Software-Firma gründete er mit 16.“

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THE VIRUS AND THE CONSEQUENCES
In his blog, Jan-Martin Wiarda, a journalist and political scientist, wonders
what impact the coronavirus crisis is likely to have for current plans and debates. (Article in German)
„Haben Sie sich in den von Corona dominierten Wochen auch manchmal gefragt, was aus all den Plänen und Vorhaben geworden ist, die eben noch die Debatten in der Bildungs- und Forschungspolitik bestimmten?“ Ein Anruf von Jan-Martin Wiarda bei SPRIND-Gründungsdirektor Rafael Laguna.

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