HHL Female Founders Initiative

The Female Founders Initiative is a program from the field of start-up promotion that specializes in supporting women interested in founding a company. HHL offers a 6-month class in which 12 selected women develop their business ideas in workshops and seminars with subject matter experts, discuss entrepreneurial issues from a women’s perspective, define their female leadership personality and expand their entrepreneurial network. Together with a personal start-up coach and an individually selected mentor, participants work on their business pitch. The insights gained from the practical experience are also incorporated into the Female Entrepreneurship research.

The project is funded by the European Union, the European Social Fund and the Free State of Saxony (SAB-Application number: 100463196).

IMPACT – Building values-based innovation cultures for sustainable business impact

IMPACT is a practice-based, sustainability-oriented, and result-driven project aiming to advance Europe’s capacity and effectiveness in training and teaching sustainability-oriented innovation and entrepreneurship (SOIE). The ambition of the project is to drive innovation and entrepreneurship based on values of corporate sustainability, and to facilitate organisation-wide cultural change toward more sustainable innovation processes. The project specifically focuses on bringing together leaders from industry, academia and innovation ecosystems in order to: 1) empirically generate, aggregate, exchange and disseminate knowledge about good practices and methods in SOIE, 2) facilitate values-based and sustainability-oriented innovation and entrepreneurship practices and methods that help to establish a sustainability-oriented innovation culture and 3) create advanced education methods and real problem-based materials to teach and learn SOIE.

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union (Grant Code: 621672-EPP-1-2020-1-DE-EPPKA2-KA).

ConSensE – Advanced Systems Configuration for complexity-reduced sensor-driven development of production systems in the digital age

The aim of the research project is to develop a platform-based assistance system for the selection of sensor solutions with digital business models. This should enable plant developers to identify user-centric requirements already during the planning phase. In addition, stakeholders from plant and sensor manufacturing can use this tool to develop and offer data-driven services to complement their hardware product. The assistance system is thus not only intended to be used for the development of new products, but also to offer extended functionalities for new service-based business models with the help of retrofits of existing plants and to generate plant data.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 02J19B063).


Co-TWIN – Collaborative Digital Twin in Value Creation Networks

In Germany, the mechanical and plant engineering industry is characterized by decentralized, medium-sized production and supplier networks. Hence, technologies associated with Industry 4.0 could contribute to a competitive advantage for firms by starting to collaborate within these value creation networks more efficiently. In this sense, one potential approach can be the establishment of a digital twin, which collects and processes as well as presents system-related data in form of a digital representation of machines.

The Co-TWIN research project takes up on the basic idea of the digital twin and expands it to a holistic approach that supports collaboration within and between firms as well as throughout the entire life-cycle of systems. To this end, a software solution was developed and continuously optimized serving to combine the various cases throughout a machine´s life-cycle. Based on a large number of interviews and workshops not only process landscapes and approaches to productivity measurement but also prototypical business models for the Co-TWIN platform have been developed and will be further optimized.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 02P17D141).

Collaboration opportunity

CLIC is constantly looking for exciting projects and project partners. If you are interested in working with us, please feel free to contact us. We are looking forward to it!


Completed Projects


AGILHYBRID – Agile competence development for interlinked work in hybrid business models in the SME segment 

Company networks are supported by intelligent technologies and networking possibilities, and material goods as well as services are connected to form hybrid service bundles. In AgilHybrid, building services and building technology are being made fit for the digitally networked business models of tomorrow. In addition to the development of a corresponding competence model and the design of an online course, important steps were taken for targeted competence development. The goal of developing a modular toolbox with various methods for employees as well as managers is designed with innovative teaching and learning modules that have been tested in practice and can be individually adapted. This ensures helpful support, especially for SMEs, for the development of digitally networked business models in the form of new business fields.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 02L17B032).

Zukunftsland Sachsen

Saxony is undergoing structural change: digitalisation is taking place everywhere and small and medium-sized enterprises are actively looking for solutions. For this reason, the Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism of the Free State of Saxony and the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) have founded the initiative “Zukunftsland Sachsen”. The platform brings networking, knowledge transfer and events through new approaches and success stories. For entrepreneurs, managers and people who want to make a difference.

The project is funded by the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism (SMWK).


GAMIFY – Games as Methods to Enhance Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The GAMIFY project pursues the goal of using gamification & games to develop new, goal-oriented learning & teaching methods, to open up new opportunities for learning & to foster the practical application of entrepreneurial skills. In order to sustainably promote these goals, new gamified learning & teaching methods were developed, tested & implemented within the project & based on the entrepreneurial problems of our industrial consortium partners.

The subsequent dissemination of consolidated working materials, games, webinars & publications gives internal as well as external stakeholders of the project the chance to ensure the growth of innovation & entrepreneurship through gamification. Thus, the project creates a methodological added value for sustainable industrial & academic development.

To view the full set of materials already published by the project, please click on the following link:

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union (Grant Code: 600947-EPP-1-2018-1-DE-EPPKA2-KA – 2018-3875).

InkubatorfutureTEX-incubator for technical textiles and disruptive products

The futureTEX project as a whole pursues the goal of supporting the TechTex industry in its transformation into a robust & innovative industry of the future. The task of the Inkubator is to transform selected technological project results (basis = researched & developed technology) into promising use cases. With the help of on- and offline workshops the selected teams subsequently undergo a design thinking process within the Inkubator. The main focus is on the continuous examination of customer needs, feasibility and marketability.

The Inkubator has already given four teams from medium-sized companies the opportunity to transform their researched technologies into commercially promising fields of application. Three further teams are currently still in the Incubation process. The project thus makes a major contribution to the sustainable increase in the innovative strength of medium-sized companies.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 03ZZ0604A).

PROFUND – Process-oriented configuration of value creation in textile networks for mass customization in SME

The aim of the project PROFUND is to create an appropriate network structure for the development of customized technical textiles in a cross-company network. This network structure aims at enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to make optimal use of their resources in networks for mass customization along the textile value chain.

By exchanging and processing information on customer requirements, preliminary products and manufacturing processes in the form of development data and by means of configuration tools, development orders can be processed faster and more cost efficiently. Besides, customer requirements in the B2B segment are highly diverse and complex. The question of how these needs can be addressed efficiently in the value co-creation process has remained unanswered in research and practice. In the project, CLIC will focus on the design and implementation of suitable configuration tools to support the individualization process.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 03ZZ0604A).

PRODISYS – Engineering of Production-Related Service Systems

Service systems enable manufacturing companies to interlink and coordinate processes and thereby open up new value creation opportunities in the light of digitization. PRODISYS examines how already existing service systems in the manufacturing sector can be designed in practice.
In a sub-project, CLIC plans and implements service systems with potentials for new forms of value creation and develops techniques for assessing and measuring the productivity of these solutions.

PRODISYS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 02K16C054).

TACIT – Teaching and Coaching Innovation/Entrepreneurship Innovatively

The TACIT Knowledge Alliance project with a duration of 3 years will provide Europe’s higher education and economy with a profound open-source toolbox and robust methodology for teaching innovation effectively. The aim is to develop and test mechanisms to build implicit knowledge in individuals, enabling them to apply innovation and entrepreneurship successfully and thus support change in their organizations. One of the core project results will be a certified training course for higher education and education of practitioners.

TACIT is co-funded by Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Peter Pribilla

The foundation supports science, research, and academic teaching in the field of innovation and leadership. Since the official inception of the Peter-Pribilla-Foundation at the beginning of the year 2006 a network of excellence has been developed, whose members meet several times a year. The activities of the foundation enhance the development of personal contacts between business people and academics. Futhermore the ambition is to publish a specific selection of reports, highlighting promising new ideas in the context of innovation and leadership.

The Peter Pribilla Foundation is joint project with the Technische Universität München.

futureTEX Basis Project Mass CustomizationBasis Project MC

The Basis Project Mass Customization (MC) seeks to close the research gap regarding mass customization on business markets. The focus is on the growth market Technical Textiles. The goal is to investigate the key elements of introducing MC on B2B-markets for complex products, considering MC-based business models, the strategic development of MC-related competences, and technological prerequisites of MC. The textile industry as well as companies from other sectors benefit from these findings. Thereby, the project supports the development of small and medium-sized textile enterprises in Eastern Germany towards sustainable and customer-centered value networks.

The project futureTEX is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 03ZZ0604A).


The research focus is to shed light on the collaboration of cyber-physical systems and people (S-CPS). New S-CPSs are developed to facilitate and support services which accompany industry production, e.g. reparation or maintenance work, which affect or interrupt regular production. The project aims to identify and analyse productivity relevant factors for service operations to allow effective and efficient service operations, by respecting local and technical conditions, e.g. wind energy production industry. The project is part of the overall initiative “Industry 4.0” financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

S-CPS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 02PJ4026).

The aim is to concept, develop and realize a model for the export of the German apprenticeship and vocational training system which is specifically adapted for automotive suppliers in Tunisia. In the medium and long term the sustainable export of the German apprenticeship and vocational training system to countries like Tunisia is the main objective. The project shall enable vocational schools to spread the concept of BRIDGE in the long term in Tunisia (formation professionnelle). Furthermore, the development of a Web 2.0 based platform, which is connected to a viable business model, is an integral part of the educational concept. This Remote Service concentrates on providing required contents.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and PT-DLR, Project Management Agency(Grant Code: 01 BEX03A 12). TANDEM

The project TANDEM deals with consequences and opportunities to advance the innovativeness of companies in the context of demographic change in Germany. In particular, the research project focuses on how older employees can be increasingly integrated into the entire innovation process. For this purpose, new methods and tools for open innovation are designed, implemented and evaluated with groups of employees which span all ages of the workforce.

TANDEM is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 01HH11091).

The project focuses on the conceptual development of a cross-university master program Innovation Management in collaboration with European and Tunisian institutions. By introducing a completely new program that is adapted to the cultural and economic requirements of Tunisia, DICAMP contributes to the modernization of study programs and curricula at Tunisian universities. The project aims to continue the program beyond the project lifetime as well as to apply to an internationally reputable accreditation institute for the certification of the master program.

The project is funded by the European Union (TEMPUS-Program: 517066-TEMPUS-1-2011-1-DE-TEMPUS-SMHES)


Focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises specialized in mass-customization and personalization services the joint project KUMAC aims to enable these enterprises increasing their productivity and competitiveness. These improvements should support the innovativeness in the field of mass-customization and personalization in a sustainable way.

KUMAC is a joint research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) embedded in the development programme “Innovations with service” (focus: “Productivity of service”) (Grant Code: 01FL10071).

ServProd focuses on the theoretical, methodological as well as the empirical underpinnings of service productivity and the design of new models, concepts and measurement instruments to fill the huge knowledge gap that this research topic is facing right now. ServProd is designed as „Forschungswerkstatt“, i.e. an interactive research lab which consists of different workshops: theory, empirical research, methodology and publications. Cross-disciplinary workshop meetings are being held on a regular basis.

ServProd is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 010FL09008).

The aim of ServProf is the establishment of a sustainable innovation culture in service by utilizing the spare potentials in professionalization and design, broader and more precisely. The efforts in doing so are summarized by the term “professional service work”. Skills, professionalism, commitment, appreciation and pride carried by the employees in the service sector are central aspects in this context affecting both the ability for innovation as well as the quality of services.

ServProd is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) (Grant Code: 01FB08044).

Pro Care Career

Pro Care Career aims to optimize the permeability between professional and academic qualifications in both the elderly and medical care sector. In the center is a transnational as well as national improvement of specialized staff supply in the care professions. The results developed in the project are meant to ease the transfer of activities from the professional training into activities with academic qualifications.

Pro Care Career is funded by the European Commission within the Lifelong Learning Programme as a LEONARDO DA VINCI measure. (Projektnummer: DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147 436)


Aiming at the development and usage of successful service innovations the project “Dienstleistungsweltmeister Deutschland” (service world champion Germany) hosted a series of events dealing with this issue. Eight events tried to reveal those dimensions of service innovation which are particularly relevant to success. The publication “Service Made in Germany – A Travel Guide” was created in the course of this project.

“Dienstleistungsweltmeister Deutschland” was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 01FD0702).


SPRINT is a project in the field of hybrid value creation concentrating on the development of a systemic design schema for the integration of products and services. It aims to provide methods, models and tools to design hybrid products systematically. Pilot projects are undertaken in the realm of sports, health and fitness and enable the participating enterprises to become solution providers.

SPRINT was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 01HH11091).


The main objective of GENIE is the identification and management of success factors for collaborative innovation efforts among German software companies. It focusses on the successful installation and management of innovation communities which include key stakeholders such as customers, future employees (students), research and project partners. The collaborative work done in these communities online and offline should ideally turn into prototypes which are the basis for innovative new products.

GENIE was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) (Grant Code: 01FM07028).

The main focus of Open-I concerns the development, installation and evaluation of a management system in order to increase the intra-organizational ability of open innovation. In doing so the project adopts the change in the field of economics from “closed innovation” to a model of “open onnovation” and deals with innovation activities within the companies. Besides Open-I focuses on the integrative design and evaluation of technological components (innovation platform), individual motivators, and a leadership-supporting measurement system.

It is a joint research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) (Grant Code: 01FM07053).

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