The capacity to innovate is the key to economic success in the competitive 21st century marketplace. But what makes one country a better innovator than another? And how is it possible to measure the innovation capability of economies, regions, sectors or companies? Whereas the majority of conventional innovation indicators generally examine innovative performance, the indicator developed by the Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit) focuses on the underlying ability to innovate.

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iit Trend Monitoring Start-up Scene

Start-ups are an important stimulus for creative innovation, both within established companies and whole economies. An assessment of the global start-up scene, however, shows considerable differences between the various regional start-up epicentres. The Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit) has worked together with the iit representatives at Germany’s foreign chambers of commerce in France, Chile, Argentina, South Korea and the West Coast of the USA (San Francisco) to compile a trend monitoring report about the development of the start-up scene in various parts of the world.

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SystemInnovations are technology-based innovations that can translate into economically viable and socially acceptable products or services. The iit supports analytical processes of SystemInnovations through its own research, studies, good practice examples and policy recommendations.

Education and Innovation

Education and skill level of the workforce are important determinants of how successful businesses are in terms of innovation and therefore also constitute a measure for the competitiveness of national economies. The iit offers professional consultancy in the areas of securing skilled labour in times of demographic change, technical education and diversity, permeability of the education system and innovation indicators.


The iit offers proper assessments of innovation policy measures which can contribute to their optimisation. Thereby, we survey and assess individual measures and programmes - always in relation to the entire innovation system.

Technology Assessment

We offer public players, stakeholders, companies, associations, research institutions and organisations the full array of consulting services in the area of technology assessment and technology foresight. Our objective is to use a multi-facetted toolbox to assist our customers in innovation processes, strategy development and future planning by opening up new perspectives.

Innovation Systems and Support Instruments

The iit has a longtime experience in the analysis and evaluation of innovation systems as well as in the identification of strengths, weaknesses and possible strategies and fields of development. Furthermore, we advise, consult and support political and economic players with respect to the design of new instruments to promote innovation.

iit Innovation Capability Indicator

With the iit Innovation Capability Indicator you can rank and compare the innovation capabilities of 25 European countries. You can choose different sub-categories and graphical representations.
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Future Log Files

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“Where will the happiest people live on the globe in the year 2040?”, “Which book do you think will still be worth reading then?” These and other questions are regularly posed to outstanding scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators und artists to find out how they imagine the future(s), what deeply moves them and what they possibly even fear. Future Log Files is a pro bono project of iit.

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