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What we do

Borderstep: Your green innovation bridge

An independent not-for-profit research institution, Borderstep

  • carries out publicly funded research projects in the areas of the green economy, green innovation, and sustainable entrepreneurship
  • prepares market research, technology and other studies for government and civil-society clients, such as in the fields of smart energy, green IT, and climate change
  • develops innovative systems for analysis, assessment, and monitoring, such as the Green Economy Start-up Monitor
  • initiates collaborative projects with innovative businesses, universities, and trade associations, such as the StartUp4Climate project, the first-ever national start-up initiative for the green economy
  • provides consultancy services to decision-makers in the political and business communities and in civil society
  • hosts conferences, workshops, and dialogue events
  • supports national and international exchange of knowledge and experiences, such as through best-practice brochures, international study tours, landing pad programs, and expert workshops
  • provides cutting-edge knowledge free of charge via its website, newsletters, publications, and lectures

Interdisciplinary team

What businesses opportunities does climate change hold in store? What factors determine whether sustainable innovations succeed or fail? How can the housing industry benefit from intelligent technologies? We seek answers to questions like these.

Doing so calls for different perspectives. At Borderstep, experts in business management work with economists, environmental scientists with social scientists, political scientists with engineers. Expert knowledge across various disciplines is a key feature of the Borderstep Institute. Our socio-technical approach is the basis for analyzing transformation and innovation processes and developing strategies so that technical, social, and institutional changes evolve together.

Knowledge creates practical solutions

At the Borderstep Institute we view transdisciplinarity as a principle of integrative research. This approach follows a methodical procedure combining scientific and practical knowledge and addresses problems and their complexity while taking the many and diverse perspectives in the sciences and society into account. In our research, we combine theoretical science with knowledge relevant to the particular case in order to develop knowledge for practical solutions oriented toward the common good.

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Borderstep News

Special Issue on Assessing and forecasting the sustainability impact of new ventures 21.10.2020

The Journal of Cleaner Production is planning a special issue to evaluate and forecast the impact of start-ups on sustainability. Borderstep director Prof. Dr. Klaus Fichter is guest editor. Proposals can be submitted. More

Green start-ups need more tailwind 21.07.2020

An article on the Bertelsmann Foundation's innovation platform presents the Green Startup Monitor 2020. The team of authors analyzes which forms of funding help the community. One example is the StartGreen Award, which Borderstep has been presenting since 2015 as part of the Startup Week Germany. More

Green Startup Monitor 2020 15.07.2020

The key findings of our Green Startup Monitor 2020 are now available in English! Read about the key hurdles and the measures we recommend. More