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Berlin Innovation Panel 2015

The results of the Berlin Innovation Panel (BIP) 2015 were presented in a press conference on 2 June, 2016 by the chairman of Technologiestiftung Berlin, Nicolas Zimmer, and Berlin’s senator for economics, Cornelia Yzer. Again, the data underscores Berlin’s exceptional development as an innovation location.

The results of the surveys conducted in the previous years showed a slight decrease in the share of companies stating that they have introduced product or process innovations in the preceding 3-year period. This applied to Berlin, comparable metropolitan areas, and the German average. In Berlin, the results of the 2015 survey now indicate stabilization. The percentage in Berlin (51 %) outranges the German average, as well as other metropolitan areas (figure 1).

Figure 1: Share of innovators. Source: Innovation Survey Berlin 2012-2015, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), own illustration.
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A closer look at the trends differentiated by size-classes of the companies reveals rather diverse developments.

The Berlin and German averages of the share of innovators among small enterprises remained constant or declines (figure 2 and 3). In contrast, the rate of innovators among large enterprises in Berlin increases substantially. For example, the rate of innovators among companies with 1,000 or more employees increases from 70 % to 88 %. A positive development could also be observed for companies in Berlin with 20 to 49 employees. The rates of innovators among Berlin’s companies in this size class in the 2015 survey (59 %) clearly outranges the German average (46 %).

 

 

Figure 2: Share of innovators in Berlin, differentiated by size class. Source: Innovation Survey Berlin 2012-2015, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), own illustration.
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Figure 3: Share of innovators in Germany, differentiated by size class. Source: Innovation Survey Berlin 2012-2015, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), own illustration.
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Especially, the share of innovators among industrial companies in Berlin (figure 4) indicates a rise as compared to last years’ surveys. The share (50%) now hardly differs from the share among companies active in services (51%).

Figure 4: Share of innovators in Berlin, differentiated between industrial and service companies. Source: Innovation Survey Berlin 2012-2015, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), own illustration.
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Figure 5 illustrates the share of innovators among companies in Berlin from the 2015 survey, differentiated by industries. It shows that companies active in electronics (77%), software development (68%) and research and development (66%) have an especially high share of innovators.

Figure 5: Share of innovators in Berlin (2015). Source: Innovation Survey Berlin 2015, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), own illustration.
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Figure 6 compares the relevance of innovation barriers for companies from Berlin with the German average. For both companies from Berlin (33%) and the German average (34%) too high costs pose the biggest innovation obstacle, followed by too high risks (Berlin: 30%, Germany: 33%). In general, there is a trend of companies from Berlin rating innovation barriers as less relevant than the German average. An exception here are the barriers lack of internal and external financing. This is consistent with last year’s results, where it was found that lacking financial means are a more relevant barrier for companies from Berlin. Detailed analyses regarding this can be found here.

Figure 6: Relevance of innovation barriers. Source: Innovation Survey Berlin 2015, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), own illustration.
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Remark: The results of the survey waves refer to the preceding three year period, respectively. The complete report for 2015 (in German) can be found here.

Students who are interested in writing a bachelor´s or master´s thesis related to this topic are welcome to contact Prof. Knut Blind.

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