AgroTech Valley Forum
Addressing central issues in sustainable agriculture
Over a number of decades a group of primarily owner-managed companies in Northwest Germany's agricultural sector has successfully developed a leading cluster focused on agricultural system technology. Agricultural and nutritional science is undergoing a digital transformation and in response to this and the challenges faced by the industry the 'Agrotech Valley' cluster is working to find cross-disciplinary solutions which traverse the borders between business, the sciences and government. The guiding vision is to create a region which functions as a global incubator for sustainable food production which uses digital technologies.
Northwest Metropolitan Region (Metropolregion Nordwest)
Stakeholders from the business, government, political and scientific sectors have bundled their capabilities in the Northwest Metropolitan Region organisation to increase their competitiveness and make the region more attractive. Since its founding the metropolitan region has provided over 300 regional cooperation projects with more than EUR 10 million of funding, thus also winning grants for the region worth many times this figure from the German federal government and the EU. Thanks to the subsidies they receive, these clusters of key regional fields of business activity, including the Agrotech Valley Forum e. V., have become cornerstones for the links created between business and the sciences and thus also motors for innovation and growth.
The ICO - Osnabrück Innovation Centre (Das Innovationscentrum Osnabrück)
Technology centre and start-up incubator
In line with its motto “Creativity is intelligence having fun” the ICO has become a home to innovative, technology-oriented start-ups.
The Seedhouse start-up incubator is aimed in particular at start-up teams which are at the very beginning of their idea or in the initial stages of developing a company. Its focus is on supporting the founding of companies in the agricultural and nutritional science and digitization fields.