Fehmarn Belt Innovation (FBI)

An innovation, collaboration, and networking project.

Background and Purpose

In 2029, the Fehmarn Belt tunnel will physically connect Denmark and Germany. In relation to this, the FBI project aims to support and strengthen innovation and growth in the eastern part of the Fehmarn Belt region.

Region Zealand and Schleswig-Holstein experience slower growth than their surrounding regions when it comes to economy, innovation, and business. This is a challenge in areas where increased technological and innovational development across borders make a positive difference.

Therefore, the aim of the project is to strengthen innovation, technology transfer, and business development in the Eastern Fehmarn Region by increasing the ability of small and medium-sized enterprises to take advantage of cross-border opportunities during an innovation process.

The purpose of innovation is to produce new ideas and technologies to increase productivity and generate greater output and value with the original input.

How to proceed

The project partners will take 30 companies and 170 students from both sides of the border through well-organized innovation programs.

Together, participants will define individual needs so the program creates value for the individual company according to its goals and visions.

Thus, innovation can range from developing and improving internal processes or developing and testing new production methods to exploring new solutions to future challenges.

The project focuses on business areas that are important for both the Danish and German sides of the Fehmarn Belt, which are defined as the following three areas:

  1. Construction
  2. Maritime/marine
  3. Food and biotech (responsible: Knowledge Hub Zealand)

Expected Result

With the Fehmarn Belt Innovation Project, we are preparing for a more cohesive region when we become linked by a physical connection between Rødby and Fehmarn in a few years.

Educational institutions, business organizations, and clusters get the opportunity to develop and test new types of collaboration, as well as strengthen networking relationships across the border.

By strengthening cooperation, the project will support small and medium-sized enterprises and educational institutions in creating joint solutions to common challenges in areas such as employment, economy, and environment - for the benefit of regions on both sides of the border.

Funded by

Interreg Deutschland - Denmark
Co-financed by the European Union

Project period

April 1, 2023-March 31, 2026.

Project partners

- Erhvervshus Sjælland
- Business Lolland-Falster (BLF)
- Technikzentrum-Fördergesellschaft mbH (TZL)
- Kieler Wirtschaftsförderung (KIWI)
- Wirtschaftsförderung Lübeck GmbH (WFL)
- Knowledge Hub Zealand (KHZ)
- Roskilde University (RUC) - Centre for Maritime and Marine Research
- Sjællands Erhvervsakademi (Zealand)
- Technische Hochschule Lübeck (THL)


Louise Vigsnæs, Knowledge Hub Zealand
Email: lokv@kalundborg.dk


Fehmarn Belt Innovation (FBI)