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The Center for Innovation in the
Health Care Industry OWL (ZIG)

Shaping the future, promoting innovation, strengthening health - these are the tasks to which ZIG OWL, the Center for Innovation in the Healthcare Industry OWL, is dedicated. As a development agency and network builder, ZIG profiles the image of the healthcare industry in the region of East Westphalia-Lippe together with its members and partners.

The sponsor is the Association for the Support of Innovations in the Health Care Industry OWL e.V. Its more than 40 members include clinics and service providers, companies, associations as well as universities and research institutions. ZIG OWL looks after the concerns and interests of its members. As a competence network for innovation in the health care industry, ZIG OWL connects numerous regional and supraregional players.

The activities aim at improving health care, promoting innovative products as well as supporting the development of new health services. Under the motto of "partnerships for the healthcare industry", the network has developed into an important neutral platform for forward-looking cooperations in the healthcare industry.

Web: www.zig-owl.de


Open Innovation City (OIC)

In a time of rapid technological change and social developments, innovation is becoming the benchmark for the future viability of German cities and regions. The principle of open innovation stands for openness, for the networking of social actors and for the connection between science, business and society. In Bielefeld, this principle is being applied to a city for the first time.

In the process, all areas are shaping their future together: politics and administration, business and start-ups, education and research, art and culture, and civic engagement - openly, transparently and together. Open Innovation City is based on the assumption that innovations can arise not only in the economy, but everywhere and through all areas of a society. When innovative ideas and motivated actors come together, things can be moved in a city that would otherwise never happen.

The project is led by the Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM), the Founders Foundation, the Pioneers Club and owl maschinenbau e.V. and funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Web: www.openinnovationcity.de


v. Bodelschwinghsche Stiftungen Bethel

To be there for people: This has been Bethel's mission since it was founded in 1867. Today, the v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel are committed to helping disabled, sick, elderly or disadvantaged people in many German states. Bethel is one of the largest diaconal institutions in Europe. In over 150 years, a multifaceted network of help has been created. It includes outpatient services and assisted living, clinics and hospices, workshops, schools and training centres.

The v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel are an association of church foundations under private law, consisting of the Bethel Foundation, Sarepta Foundation, Nazareth Foundation, Hoffnungstaler Foundation Lobetal and Eben-Ezer Foundation. They are listed in the foundation register of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia and are represented by a board of directors with the same members.

Web: www.bethel.de


City of Bielefeld

With over 334,000 inhabitants, the city of Bielefeld is the largest city in the region of East Westphalia-Lippe and its economic centre. Under the patronage of Lord Mayor Pit Clausen, the administration has supported the Open Innovation City project since its inception. The Office for Integrated Social Planning and Prevention is particularly involved in the topic of Future Care.

Web: www.bielefeld.de


Welfare Associations Bielefeld


Bielefeld's welfare associations have voluntarily joined together to form a working group, AGW Bielefeld. The common goal is to secure and further develop social work through joint initiatives and socio-political activities. The members of the AGW in Bielefeld are:

  • Arbeiterwohlfahrt Kreisverband Bielefeld e.V.
  • Caritasverband Bielefeld e.V.
  • German Red Cross District Association Bielefeld e.V.
  • DiakonieVerband Brackwede GmbH
  • Diakonie for Bielefeld gGmbH
  • Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband, Landesverband NRW e.V., Bielefeld district group
  • Jewish religious community (currently passive member)

We provide an extensive and varied range of advice and support, nursing and social services for people in the city of Bielefeld. We are an indispensable part of the social infrastructure in Bielefeld. We are characterized by a different history, different ideological or religious motives, objectives and basic values as well as different forms of organization. We are united by the principle: The focus is on people!

Web: www.agw-bielefeld.de