Innovation Contact Service Hamburg

Linking private enterprises and science

The Innovations Kontakt Stelle (IKS) Hamburg/Innovation Contact Service Hamburg supports communication between companies and scientific institutions in Hamburg and facilitates mutual access.

Experience shows that Hamburg’s companies have convincing ideas – whether they are technical or non-technical – for new products, services and business models. However, it is often difficult for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to carry out their own research and development (R&D) or keep their product range at a sustainable level on their own. This can be remedied by cooperating with science, which responds to the individual needs of SMEs.

The distances to scientific institutions in Hamburg are short. A broad spectrum of scientists research current topics and make their expertise available to companies.

Hamburg also offers a wide range of support options for the further development of an idea into a marketable product or service. However, the search for suitable contacts, resources and topic-related offers is time-consuming. Also the variety and the possibilities for the user are often not immediately recognizable.

Especially SME without direct access to science, clusters or other networks need support. The IKS Hamburg closes this gap.

This is how you benefit from the IKS Hamburg:

  • Reduced transaction costs through fast and uncomplicated placement of experts and cooperation partners
  • Cost and resource savings through cooperation
  • Faster and more efficient implementation of new business ideas
  • Strengthening your competitiveness through innovation
  • Orientation/Guide in the variety of funding and support offers
  • Access to other networks
  • Building strategic partnerships

IKS Hamburg’s consulting services at a glance:

  • Targeted placement and networking of suitable project partners, experts and other players in the innovation process
  • Identification of the potential of R&D cooperations within the company
  • Design and monitoring of the cooperation process


Taking advantage of the services of the IKS Hamburg-team is free of charge.


phone +49 40 36138-368

The IKS is financed by the Chamber of Commerce Hamburg and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.