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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Quantum leap innovations call for strong networks
Quantum leap innovations call for strong networks
We work all over Germany. We believe in strong networks – with shared goals.
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We focus on people and the common good
We focus 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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CLOSING THE GAP
This article provides recommendations for the creation and expansion of innovation financing in Germany and provides suggestions for closing existing gaps. Many of these topics are well-known; they are systematically aggregated here.

SPRIND was founded last year as an agency owned by the Federal Republic of Germany and dedicated to locating and promoting leapfrog innovations. SPRIND was conceived as a non-military counterpart to the US DARPA and tasked with financing projects and topics that are not eligible for private-sector funding due to still-unforeseeable prospects for commercial exploitation.

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YOU ARE THE ONE, WHO CAN SAVE THE WORLD
Regine Bönsch had a conversation with Rafael Laguna – about technologies that can change the world. (Article in German)
"Dear Gyra Gearloose, you are the one, who can save the world. Right now, we Germans are still living off of the engineering and scientific achievements of the last century. The pharma industry, the automobile indsutry. Now is the time to build new industries with the Gearlooses of this generation." Regine Bönsch from the The Association of German Engineers (VDI) had a talk with SPRIND founding director Rafael Laguna.

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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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