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The Innovation Indicator is a collaboration by acatech - the German Academy of Science and Engineering and the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI). The Indicator was first initiated by the Deutsche Telekom Stiftung and BDI. In 2015 acatech replaced Deutsche Telekom as partner.

The regular release of the Innovation indicator is a comparative study to evaluate innovation strength. The study is created in Germany and compares Germany with other industrialized and emerging countries. The countries will be evaluated according to their economy, science, education state and society.

The study is created by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in cooperation with the ZEW – Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Short history and mechanics of the Innovation Indicator" Published by Dr.Christian Rammer ZEW, reviewd 16. September.2019
  2. ^ "Innovation Indicator 2017 (PDF; 2,5 MB)" Published by Fraunhofer ISI, ZEW, BDI and acatech, reviewd 05. September 2019
  3. ^ "in German! Explaining the Key findings of 2018 report, as well as pointing out the missing innovative strength of Germany"Published by Tobias Schlichtmeier in, reviwed 16. September 2019

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