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The launch event for the GreenTech Innovation Competition was held at the Digital Technologies Forum in Berlin today. The 21 projects receiving support under the technology programme show impressively how digital technologies can be an important key for the sustainable and digital transition of the economy.

Using green technologies to strengthen Germany as a high-tech centre
The technology programme aims to strengthen Germany and Europe as high-tech centres for digital technologies and business models based on these technologies. The development and use of innovative digital technologies is intended to boost the competitiveness of German and European companies, and especially of SMEs, in the fast-growing green technology markets, and to contribute to the attainment of the German and European climate and environmental targets.

Dr Franziska Brantner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, said: “‘Green markets’ offer massive potential for growth around the world, and German firms, especially SMEs, can secure themselves a strong market position here. Our GreenTech Innovation Competition aims to boost the potential for innovation in the field of digital environmental technology. The assisted projects will deliver an important stimulus for the digital and sustainable transition of the economy.”

Opening event with lectures, workshops and interactive showroom
At the event, the visitors were able to learn about the projects and identify interfaces with their own specialisations. The programme offered lectures, panel discussions and workshops on current issues relating to digital technologies, e.g. the role of digitalisation in the green transition. An interactive exhibition in the showroom of the Digital Technologies Forum presented current developments in the field of digital technologies to the visitors.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action is providing total funding of around €75 million for the 21 research projects taking part in the GreenTech Innovation Competition.

You can find detailed information about all the assisted projects at