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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.

Borderstep News

Interview: Germany, Green Energy Valley 01.07.2019

Clean Energy Wire interviewed Borderstep founder Prof. Klaus Fichter about the start-up scene in Germany. How important is the engineering spirit of the country? More

StartGreen@School invited to Helsinki 28.06.2019

The Borderstep project StartGreen@School was selected as the German finalist of the European Enterprise Award. The award is aimed at institutions and authorities that have rendered outstanding services to the promotion of entrepreneurial spirit. More

Green Startup Monitor 2018 26.06.2019

Now available in English: The Green Startup Monitor analyses the significance and challenges of those startups whose products and services contribute to the ecological goals of a Green Economy. More