Innovationsregion Lausitz GmbH (iRL) is a company established by the regional industry and university. It was founded in reaction to the German Federal Government’s climate policy decision to switch off two 500 MW units at Jänschwalde Power Station (2018/2019). The iRL team develops ideas and strategies for how Lusatia can respond to this structural change. It supports affected businesses in identifying new fields of business and helps them to develop growth projects for Lusatia.
Fields of action
Analysis and shared understanding
We analyse the starting situation in Lusatia together with partners from the fields of science and research. The first point of contact in doing so is the intensive exchange with Lusatian businesses. A second focal point is the reflection of experiences made in other regions. This is how we develop a systematic understanding of this process of radical change in Lusatia, its framework conditions and prospects. We make this knowledge and the practical experience of businesses available to all who wish to either learn from it or lend a hand in order to turn this challenge into an opportunity for Lusatia.
Developing a new product and launching new services on the market is a high-performance activity. It requires hard work and prudent preparation, calls for a lot of strength and endurance. To this end, we support experienced as well as emerging entrepreneurs with state-of-the-art methods, tailored workshops and a strong regional network. We develop skills that will improve the overall competitiveness of Lusatia.
Dialogue and communication
Innovation thrives on cooperation. Dialogue and new forms of communication offer the opportunity of exchanging views about issues of importance for the future, especially in times of change. The decline of lignite-based electricity generation in Lusatia means that people lose their jobs. As a consequence, new fields of employment have to be created. iRL creates meeting places by organising meet-ups and the event programmes ‘Business Talks’ and ‘Innovation Interactive’ and promotes dialogue with the aim of getting started and jointly creating something new.
Lignite mining and its conversion into electricity has been the remaining key industry in the region since the German reunification in 1990. The politically decreed lignite phase-out constitutes an existential threat for many people. Our vision is to transform this challenge into an opportunity. We want to encourage the people in the region to take control of their destiny. The enterprises develop business fields with growth potential in cooperation with iRL and universities. We provide businesses in the region with specific support to make them strong and fit for the future. At the same time, we work towards getting the regional stakeholders to combine efforts in putting pressure on the government and to demand the creation of reliable economic policies and infrastructure requirements for a successful structural change. In that case, we see a good chance of Lusatia being able to develop new economic specialisations over time that in the long run can replace today’s role of lignite.
Together with our partners, we develop a strategy to transform the challenge of structural change into an opportunity. We provide modern work methods for the development of strategies, products and business models for growth. We are successful, because we make our partners strong, support businesses in their growth, foster cooperation in the region and make entrepreneurship come alive for all Lusatians as a fascinating endeavour and viable protection against risk. The special contribution of iRL in its interaction with other stakeholders in the region consists in its speed, the consequent focus on entrepreneurial growth and networking with senior experts both from within and outside of the region.
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Developing new cooperation networks
Your innovation boost
Structural change implies to transform the existing network of research institutions, production plants and service providers in the field of opencast mining and power plant engineering into one or several new networks for value creation. We want to contribute to this process in our capacity as a cooperation platform in the region.
The Lausitz Lab
How to contact us
Our office ‘Lausitz Lab’ is located in Hubertstraße 24, 03044 Cottbus near the BTU (Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg).
Arrival by car: We recommend using the public parking facilities in Nordstraße due to limited parking space availability.
From there it is only a few metres to the office of Innovationsregion Lausitz GmbH.
Arrival by public transport: The iRL office is located two kilometres away from the Cottbus main railway station. A taxi will bring you to the Lausitz Lab in about six minutes. Alternatively, the bus line 16 gets you directly to our office. Take the bus direction Stadthalle (City Hall) and get off at TU Mensa. From there, it is only a few minutes on foot to our office. You can also use the tram line 1 direction Schmellwitz/Anger. In this case, please get off at Zimmerstraße and again it is only a few minutes on foot to the iRL office.
Innovationsregion Lausitz GmbH
Hubertstraße 24 | 03044 Cottbus
Telefon: 03 55 / 49 45 96 59