Innovationen - von der Natur inspiriert

Innovationen - von der Natur inspiriert

In Innovating – inspired by nature, new, sustainable, concrete innovations are realized in various cross-border SME branches and thus greatly improve the innovative strength of SMEs. Due to the increasing awareness of Biomimicry as a new development principle and the already established German/Dutch biomimicry network, this project focuses specifically on the development of the ‘II.2 Work Packages, b. Stimulating product innovation described 8 prototypes with the collaboration of the formed Biomimicry consortium consisting of knowledge institutions and regional project coordinators. Harvesting water from the air such as the desert beetle, saving weight by analysing bones (lightweight construction), energy-efficient cooling based on the heat regulation of animals and an anchoring mechanism such as applicated by tooth shells. These and other special innovations are inspired by nature and realised in the INTERREG project Biomimicry in SMEs. For 4 billion years, nature has developed many solutions for technological
problems ranging from locomotion to detection and from pumps to coatings. Solutions that have proven themselves in practice (“proven technology”) and have proven to be very useful for the development of new products. Biomimicry is an innovation method that uses this proven technology as a source of inspiration for creative, innovative solutions.


Planned project costs

580.000,00 €

Project Duration

8.4.2020 - 30.6.2022


Increase of cross-border innovation in the programme area

Lead Partner

TechnologieCentrum Noord-Nederland

Project partners

Westfälische Hochschule - Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen, Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft für den Kreis Borken mbH, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen , Stichting Novel-T, Emsland GmbH, Grunewald GmbH & Co. KG, Terhalle Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Machinefabriek DT Dijkstra B.V., Berky GmbH, Biotransfer B.V., Agathos B.V., SeedForward GmbH, D'Andrea & Evers Design B.V., Tom Evers Holding B.V., Bioclear earth B.V.


Financer Amount
MWIDE NRW 58.000,00 €
Emsland GmbH 1.671,00 €
D'Andrea & Evers Design B.V. 5.155,00 €
Machinefabriek DT Dijkstra B.V. 23.568,75 €
Biotransfer B.V. 25.627,50 €
Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat 72.983,92 €
Stichting Novel-T 1.326,00 €
Westfälische Hochschule - Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen 9.083,50 €
Tom Evers Holding B.V. 29.850,63 €
Provincie Gelderland 6.000,00 €
Terhalle Holding GmbH & Co. KG 13.525,00 €
EFRE / EFRO 106.532,12 €
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 3.340,50 €
Agathos B.V. 5.504,38 €
Provincie Flevoland 6.000,00 €
Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft für den Kreis Borken mbH 1.326,00 €
TechnologieCentrum Noord-Nederland 4.560,99 €
Provincie Groningen 18.327,98 €
Berky GmbH 37.500,00 €
Grunewald GmbH & Co. KG 8.100,00 €
SeedForward GmbH 28.976,25 €
MB Niedersachsen 58.000,00 €
Provincie Overijssel 18.327,98 €
Bioclear earth B.V. 36.712,50 €