DOES YOUR PROJECT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO LEAP FORWARD?

ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR IDEA AND A PROVEN EXPERT IN YOUR FIELD? IF SO, WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.

WHAT IS A DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION?

A disruptive innovation is an innovation that changes our lives for the better in the long term. It can create a completely new market, fundamentally change an existing market to create a completely new ecosystem, or solve a massive technological, social or environmental problem.

The spectrum of German disruptive innovations ranges from radio and television to aspirin, electron microscope and automobiles, as well as the social laws introduced by Otto von Bismarck in 1883.

Disruptive innovations that shape our lives today – such as the Internet or the smartphone – do not derive from Germany.

Disruptive innovations are complex answers to even more complex challenges and accordingly rare. Therefore, we need a sufficient amount of time to assess your documents. We will contact you if we need further information from you.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people who are strongly committed to the motivation that their research and expertise can change the world for the better. As an expert or scientist, they should be very interested in their work having a profound impact beyond the academic community: in government, business and society. This requires a fundamental openness and curiosity to step out of their comfort zone and learn from others. Our experience shows that with a good combination of scientific experts, entrepreneurs and targeted support, road blocks can be removed and the seemingly impossible can be made possible.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR IDEA

To submit your project proposal, please use the submission form below. Be sure to fill in all fields that are required. Since the current state of your submission is regularly cached in your browser, it is not necessary to complete the entire submission in one session.

To describe your project, please use the guiding questions provided in the form. You can also find them listed here:

Project submission form

You can access the submission form here.

PRIVACY POLICY

PRIVACY POLICY DISRUPTIVE INNOVATIONS

With this data protection policy we inform you about which of your personal data we process, how and why we use it. An evaluation of your submission is only possible with your declaration.

HOW WE SELECT A PROJECT

We are open in our choice of topics as long as they serve civil purposes. The projects we want to support are selected by a panel of experts on the basis of a multi-eye principle. 



THE SELECTION PROCESS STEP BY STEP

You submit your idea to us. We will record it and contact you if we have any questions. Each project submission is presented to our experts and assessed by them. All submitted documents will be considered and a careful research will be carried out. If it turns out that the idea does not fit into SPRIND's field of activity, we will inform you.

If the idea fits, we will pursue it together with you. Experienced SPRIND Innovation Managers* will be at your side. Afterwards, the decision-making committee looks at your idea again. If we come to the conclusion that the project has potential to become a disruptive innovation, it is presented to the SPRIND supervisory board. The board finally decides whether and in what form a cooperation is to be established.

The selection process may take up to 12 weeks.

HOW WE SUPPORT A PROJECT

SPRIND is not a traditional funding agency and therefore does not have dedicated funding guidelines. Funding guidelines normally require a standard program according to which grants are awarded. SPRIND, however, is a new kind of instrument that aims to identify and support potential disruptive innovations. This requires deviating from the norm and finding individual answers and bespoke solutions to questions and problems in relation to the projects it supports.

Our support is comprehensive:

FINANCING
We look for the appropriate financing tool for the respective cooperation, e.g. the award of a validation contract or the foundation of a project GmbH.

COUNCIL AND ACT
For the further development of an idea we can bring in technological and entrepreneurial expertise. Our experts are successful founders and entrepreneurs themselves.

BUSINESS SERVICES
Very few founders are well positioned in all disciplines right from the start. Therefore we support – if necessary – in everything a business needs, e.g. in accounting, controlling, legal advice, product management or marketing.

TEAMBUILDING
If required, we help our innovators* to put together teams. We search, find, connect.

NETWORK EXPANSION
We provide an excellent network of science and business. A fruitful environment that offers both information and inspiration.

TAILOR-MADE COOPERATION
We have to standardize some processes in order to be efficient. The core of our work, however, is the personal interaction, the individual design of the cooperation.