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The "Regional Innovation Strategy 2020 for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania" was first presented in February 2013 by the local Minister of economic affairs, construction and tourism. It was developed through public consultation to help support the reorientation of structural fund investment in the upcoming support period from 2014-2020. It aims to provide a better basis for establishing Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as a location for technology and to better focus public investment to that end.
It builds on prior work of the regional "strategy council", set up in 2010, with help from a SWOT analys six "areas with future potential" were identified:
• energy and climate;
• sustainable production techniques and new materials;
• health/life sciences;
• food industry;
• information and communication technologies.
In the report are also 12 focal points presented:
• concentrate future regional technology policies on the above mentioned six "areas with future potential";
• establish and maintain the regional strategy council's central role in determining the general orientation of future regional technology policies;
• co-finance promising projects that receive funding from the national level;
• continue to support co-operative project with regional subsidies;
• continue to leverage federal support for small- and medium-sized firms;
• provide risk capital for research and development;
• establish two centres of competence for R&D and innovative technologies;
• support the future expansion of technology parks;
• support IPR strategies at regional universities and public research institutions as well as the concrete regional valorisation of their scientific results;
• establish a communication platform for regional research and development;
• launch an "innovation offensive" in the craft sector;
• support product innovation in the "areas with future potential" through specific competitions for funding.