Increasing competitive pressure and the growing number of global competitors demand a high level of innovation and thus a willingness to invest and take risks. While large companies in many cases can absorb risks in research and development financially through their sales volume, it is not possible for small and medium-sized companies to bear these risks alone with the same degree of innovation. Innovative breakthroughs in the field of digitization and sustainability, such as the use of artificial intelligence or the implementation of a circular economy, are currently difficult to achieve for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) without professional and company-specific support.
With the funding provided as part of the "Mittelstand digital" initiative, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) supports small and medium-sized enterprises in the implementation and use of digitization, networking and the implementation of sustainable solutions. By overcoming deficits in the area of data collection and use, the aim is to open up new working methods, products and value-creation processes for SMEs, which are particularly characterized by their flexibility and inventiveness.
Based on a physical center at the Augsburg location as well as on the expert hubs in Garching near Munich, Regensburg, Munich and Nuremberg, the SME Digital-Center supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the field of digitization by offering a wide range of services. Because of the funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, SMEs can take advantage of these offerings free of charge.
Technical and content-related focal points
The SME Digital-Center Augsburg specializes in the following professional focus areas:
- Digital strategies
- Artificial Intelligence
- Work 4.0
- Finance 4.0
- Connected production and logistics
Channels and offerings
The support of companies is realized through the following channels and offers:
- Information events
- SME Digital Truck (equipped with a variety of demonstrators on the topic of digitization)
- Information materials
- Training courses and webinars
- Learning environments
- Practical examples
- Analyzing potential in the companies
- Projects in the companies
- Expert networks
For more information on current offers and dates, please visit the website of the SME Digital-Center Augsburg
- fortiss GmbH
- Fraunhofer IGCV
- Fraunhofer IIS/SCS
- TUM - Lehrstuhl fml
- TUM - iwb (Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Betriebswissenschaften)
- VDMA Bayern
- ibi research an der Universität Regensburg GmbH
The project SME Digital-Center Augsburg is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V.). (DLR).
The Chair of Materials Handling and Material Flow Logistics (fml) is responsible for the management and expertise in sustainability.
Further information on the SME Digital-Centers can be found at the