Just right on time the STEP project partners were able to publish the English version of their transferability handbook for the final dissemination conference in Halle on the 19th March 2013.



STEP Podrêcznik wdrazania dobrych praktyk Polski

For the presentation of the handbook the STEP partners invited Henriette Lyttle-Breukelaar to go on an elevator ride and learn more about the different features, contents and functionalities. Via QR-codes and Links the reader is able to go a bit more into details if interested. Especially the input on best practices and expert knowledge provides a good basis for all those intending to apply the one or the other tool or method.

STEP also used the opportunity of having all the other subrprojects at the conference to visualize the outcomes of their project work in a painted picture, which was also handed over to Henriette.

Currently the STEP project is also working on the German and Polish version of the handbook as well as using a so called pilot phase for testing certain tools and methods themselves.

STEP - Improved Definition and Profiling for Sustainable Technology Parks


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STEP = Improved Definition and Profiling for Sustainable TEchnology Parks

Project duration: 24 months (May 2011-April 2013)

Budget: 274.018,64€

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Project partners:

  • Innovation and Founders Centre Magdeburg – Lead partner (IGZ Magdeburg GmbH), Saxony-Anhalt Germany
  • Coventry University, West Midlands, UK
  • Wroclaw Regional Development Agency (WARR), Poland


The key aim of STEP is to gain an improved understanding of the contribution of virtual/physical technology parks in supporting the sustainability of key sectors in local economies, with a particular focus on the automotive industry. STEP seeks to improve the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments and give participating regions an exclusive opportunity to: benefit from existing partner experiences and expertise in innovation and technology transfer; exchange established methodologies and tools; and test the implementation of good and best practices into their own structures (taking them into account for when planning strategic development).

Additionally, the focus on the automotive supply chain provides a logical foundation with an emphasis on R&D, SME’s and start-up firms; those likely to need the support provided by technology parks.  Moreover, a major innovative aspect of the sub-project is the examination of the contribution made by virtual technology parks alongside their traditional physical form.

Key outputs from the sub-project include the production of a good practice transferability handbook, building upon feedback from seminars, creativity workshops and study visits/two-way knowledge exchanges. A focus of the handbook will be a set of ‘action recommendations’ to promote sector sustainability through the technology park concept.




4th Subproject meeting in Coventry and District+ conference in Birmingham

21st - 23rd May 2012

It has been a year now that the IGZ Magdeburg is working together with Polish and British partners on good practice solutions for the development of sustainable technology parks. At the same time this means the project duration has reached 50% - so half time. Therefore the organisational committee invited all subprojects and its partners to an evaluation conference to the UK.

The IGZ with its STEP project was able to inform about 20 good practices as well as the positive side effects of such international cooperations. It is always worth to see what´s around the corner. Especially the impressions of the  Aston Businesspark in Birmingham delivered several ideas, which seem to be transferable within our region.

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