This world is but a canvas to our imagination. (Henry David Thoreau)


The Borderstep Institute is part of a global network of research institutions, funding institutions, and businesses. We strive to disseminate and raise international awareness about sustainable innovations.

Innovative products and services do not automatically gain broad market acceptance. Borderstep’s research supports green start-ups and businesses when accessing international cleantech markets and provides consultancy services on sustainable innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship to decision-makers in politics and economic development communities.

Climate change and other major challenges of our time can be dealt with successfully only at the global level. While people have long been aware of the globalization of products, there is still little public awareness about the globalization of innovation processes and of processes supporting start-ups.

Most of the responsibility for pollution of the environment lies with the industrialized countries. For this reason, they must now take on a leadership role in the transformation toward a green economy. Borderstep supports these processes by networking the international cleantech community and by systematically gathering data about goods and services provided by the green economy.

For example, a Borderstep study for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) was the first to structure products and services in the area of climate adaptation and to provide a complete overview of German goods and services for transferring climate technology internationally.

The study systematically gathered information about the goods and services provided by German actors in the fields of climate mitigation and adaptation. The results show that German businesses are well positioned in many areas of climate mitigation and adaptation: Numerous products and services in the areas of energy and resource efficiency as well as water and waste management are in use around the world. The results of the study were presented at the 20th UN Climate Conference in Lima, Peru.