Photonics BW e.V. was founded in July 2000 as a non-profit organization, aiming at promoting optical technologies in Baden-Wuerttemberg. In the years from 2001 to 2009, Photonics BW evolved to be the competence network for optical technologies in Baden-Wuerttemberg, being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Today, Photonics BW counts 90 members from industry, SME, start-ups, research, as well as banking and consulting institutions.
Installing innovation supporting structures by systematic networking.
Promoting the advancement of optical technologies through research, development and application, training and education, marketing and public relations.
Promoting communication between industry, science, government and society.
Stengthening international competitiveness.
Sustainable strengthening of the region Baden-Wuerttemberg as leading location for photonics.
For this purpose we offer services and activities in the following areas:
Marketing and Public Relations
Promotion of Young Talents
Primary and Continuing Education
In the context of an European evaluation process, Photonics BW has been awarded with the Bronze Label of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative in 2011. After a strict and comprehensive audit with 24 quality indicators, the network received the quality label Cluster Excellence Baden-Württemberg in 2012 and 2015 and the EU quality label Cluster Management Excellence in Gold in 2013, 2016 and 2018.
Photonics BW is a member of OptecNet Deutschland e.V., the nationwide umbrella association of the seven innovation networks for optical technologies in Germany.
With over 500 members from economy, science, education, consulting and finance, OptecNet Deutschland unites strong partners for the promotion of the key technology photonics.
Photonics BW is member of "go-cluster", the cluster political excellence activity of The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and supports cluster management organisations with the development of their innovation cluster. Clusters included into the „go-cluster” programme are vanguards of innovation and demonstrate how highly competent Germany is in different industries and technological sectors. Currently 84 members make use of the various offers of the programme.