The Berlin Government Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Women’s Issues is the state authority responsible for supporting and promoting Berlin’s economy. The target of the department’s division for Communication, Media and Creative Industries is to support economic areas such as broadband, wireless and mobile communication, internet, open source/open standards, e-government, security with IT, ICT for better working and living conditions, digital games, music, film and broadcasting, design, urban screens, advertising/PR, book and art market. These branches build up the cluster “Communication, Media, Creative
Industries (CMC)” which is one of the growth sectors in Berlin and in the main focus of the city’s coherent innovation strategy and economic policy since 2005 – apart from the clusters for health, transport, and energy.
The division for Communication, Media and Creative Industries is head of the cluster CMC. The division’s main activities in supporting entrepreneurship, business growth, innovation and career opportunities include:
• to provide information (newsletter, magazines, reports, studies…),
• to coordinate exchange, knowledge transfer and cooperation of and in the cluster (roundtable, conferences, researches…),
• to establish networks, sub-clusters and platforms,
• to push innovation, to fund pilot projects,
• to develop strategies and master plans,
• to optimise framework conditions and financial support (spaces, incubation, coaching, funding programs, competitions…),
• to drive internationalisation.
The division is home to the Berlin-wide initiative “Projekt Zukunft” (Project Future). Since 1997 this initiative is successfully supporting structural transformation in Berlin by supporting technological, economic and social innovation and by interlinking companies of the cluster with institutions from research, science, culture, finance and politics. Moreover, Project Future is member of the European Digital Think Tank and the UNESCO Creative Cities Network which foster cooperation and experience exchange. This all has greatly contributed to making Berlin an internationally recognised, competitive, attractive location of both high-tech and creativity.
The cluster CMC consists of over 27,000 companies with more than 220,000 employees generating a turnover of approximately ! 22 billion a year: making it one of the most important industries of Berlin.
Role in the project:
Berlin is involved in work packages 1, 3, 4 and 7.