Driving innovation in industry and business

Generation Steinbeis

Progressive thinking and a pioneering, innovative spirit have shaped Generation Steinbeis for over 150 years. In the early 19th century, Ferdinand and Otto von Steinbeis set the foundations for a modern industry, for modern training and for a value-oriented way of doing business. In the 20th century, the company became known especially for its forms. It developed self-adhesive labels and revolutionised the resource-intensive paper industry. The Steinbeis Foundation and Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG für Technologietransfer continue Generation Steinbeis’ commitment to science and business development.

The same name, different business models

Steinbeis brand businesses

Entrepreneurship is in the genes of Generation Steinbeis. But it’s also the inspiration behind some unusual business models, such as Steinbeis Holding GmbH, the Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Development, and Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG für Technologietransfer. 

Expanding the investment portfolio

Steinbeis Holding GmbH

Sustainability is the industrial value of the future. A nation’s economy is safeguarded by the efficient use of resources and energy, and this promotes biodiversity. In its investment activities, Steinbeis Holding focuses on businesses in the industrial sectors of energy, ecological paper production, plastics recycling, and the circular economy. It’s an investment strategy shaped by the entrepreneur family Steinbeis’ understanding of idiosyncratic values. Our current portfolio expansion is oriented specifically towards the lead markets of environmental technology.

Engagement in the lead markets of environmental technology

Industry portfolio

Business areas
  • Ecological paper
  • The circular economy
  • Green energy
  • Asset management
  • Developing the investment portfolio
  • Investment management
  • Consulting/management
Participations (selection)
  • Recycled paper manufacturers
  • Sustainable energy producers
  • Solar parks and wind farms
  • Businesses in the circular economy
  • Plastic recycling
A strong alliance in R&D, consulting and training

Steinbeis Foundation and Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG für Technologietransfer

The non-profit Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Development (founded in 1971) encompasses the Steinbeis network of more than 1,000 companies offering cross-industry research and development, consulting and expertise to strengthen competitiveness and create value, as well as competence-based education and training. The Foundation promotes knowledge and technology transfer with a wide range of activities. Responsible for all its economic activities is the subsidiary Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG für Technologietransfer, which was founded in 1998. Around 6,000 experts contribute their expertise to a practical transfer between science and business.

The Steinbeis Foundation and Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG für Technologietransfer form a brand unit and are independent of Steinbeis Holding GmbH, which fulfils the mandate of a family office with an investment focus on sustainability-oriented businesses.

The global knowledge and advisory network

Service portfolio

Research and development
  • Development
  • Research transfer
  • Contract research
Advice and expertise
  • Management consulting
  • Business development
  • Coaching
  • Company competence check
Training and education
  • Seminars, workshops, in-house training
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses at the private Steinbeis University
Steinbeis-Stiftung für Wirtschaftsförderung Steinbeis GmbH & Co. KG für Technologietransfer Steinbeis Holding GmbH
Patriarch and founder

Key members of Generation Steinbeis

Ferdinand von Steinbeis (1807 – 1893)

Family progenitor, economic politician and member of the Württemberg parliament, it was he who gave his name to the Steinbeis Foundation as well as various universities, schools and vocational training centres. Father of Germany’s duale Ausbildung training system.

Otto von Steinbeis (1839 – 1920)

Founder and pioneer of generations of entrepreneurs in the timber and forestry industry and in wood processing, from which businesses in the paper industry and paper processing later emerged. Planner and builder of the first rack railway on the Wendelstein (1912).

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