Trans-Nation Co-Creation

Mehr Innovation für Deutschland

Explore Innovation with Trans-Nation Co-Creation

German companies and institutions are at a pivotal juncture. To lead in the future economy, they must foster a sustainable innovation culture, amplify their innovative capabilities, and connect with global innovation drivers.

The Trans-Nation Co-Creation program focuses on accelerating innovation in German companies to help them prepare for an ambiguous future by facilitating:

  • Education – Learn about innovation, entrepreneurship, and futures thinking.
  • Collaboration – Network and co-create with German and Transatlantic drivers of innovation.
  • Research – Take part in, and learn from, research around innovation and innovation methods.

Who Should Join?

You should be interested in learning more about modern innovation, eager to work with others to help apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems, able to participate in the multi-day “ISV” symposium in Palo Alto, and willing to take part in research.

You will become part of a new learning community by actively engaging in sessions and peer-learning, taking part in research and data-collection about different aspects of leadership, and bringing an open mind and flexible attitude towards learning.

German-based Innovators, Networkers, and Leaders from:

  • SMEs
  • Start-ups and emerging companies

What to expect?

  • 3 Workshops (2 In Person, 1 Online)
    • Workshops are designed to share insights from experienced partners, collaborate in cross-sectoral groups, and learn about scientific theory.
  • 3 Co-creation meetings (1 In Person, 2 Online)
    • Co-creation meetings focus on sharing innovative ideas and methods between participants, exchanging knowledge, discussing best practices, and addressing challenges together.
  • 4-day Silicon Valley Symposium
    • A four-day symposium that explores Silicon Valley’s recipe for success in growth and innovation by combining the academic knowledge of Stanford University with the applied knowledge of innovative companies.
  • Take part in a longitudinal study with quantitative and qualitative surveys.

Why Trans-Nation Co-Creation?

  • Global Network: Immerse your organization in a global network, connecting with both German and Transatlantic drivers of innovation, and enhancing your international connections and collaborative opportunities in the dynamic ecosystem of Silicon Valley.
  • Collaborative Innovation: Explore the process of collaborative innovation by engaging in a program that not only drives innovative endeavors but also fosters a productive environment where ideas are shared, refined, and brought together.
  • Education: Trans-Nation Co-Creation program empowers organizations with knowledge on innovation, entrepreneurship, and futures thinking, providing an educational framework that combines theoretical and practical learning experiences.
  • Research: Participate in insightful research around innovation and its methods, enabling your organization to glean learnings from cutting-edge studies and apply them to enhance your innovative capabilities and strategies.

Transform your approach to innovation and elevate your organization’s network through a unique trans-national learning program!

Organizational Information


  • Participation in all program points, including the events in Sillicon Valley, is free of charge.
  • Participants must personally organize and pay for their own travel expenses within Germany and to the USA, as well as meals within the USA.
  • Travel costs are roughly estimated at:
    • Germany Travel
      3 In Person Visits
       3x (50€ Domestic Travel)
    • Silicon Valley Travel (4 day symposium)
      5 nights hotel + 1 round trip flight + food + transport
       (500€) + (800€) + (200€) + (500€)
    • Total Appx. Travel Cost

Application Process

  • Cohort Size: Each cohort will consist of up to 15 organizations.
  • Representation: Each organization should choose a Main Representative and a Backup Representative if possible to ensure that someone is responsible for communication and able to represent the organization in all sessions. Both representatives can take part in German / online events, but only 1 representative per company can take part in the Silicon Valley Symposium.
  • Scheduling: Due to scheduling, please check in advance if participation of at least one representative is possible on all dates before applying.
  • Selection Criteria: Selection of applicants will be made considering organizational compatibility, willingness to take part in research, and openness towards innovation and community building.
  • Notification: Selected organizations will receive confirmations via email.

Program Dates

Event Kohort A Kohort B
Eröffnungsevent & Workshop 1 (Innovationskultur)
Jun. 12, 2024, 12:00–18:00, Leuphana University, Lüneburg Nov. 13, 2024, 12:00–18:00, Leuphana University, Lüneburg
Co-Creation Meeting 1 Jun. 19, 2024, 10:00–11:30, online Nov. 20, 2024, 10:00–11:30, online
Workshop 2 (Entrepreneurial Mindset) Sep. 5, 2024, 12:00–17:30, Campus Founders, Heilbronn Feb. 5, 2025, 12:00–17:30, Campus Founders, Heilbronn
Silicon Valley Visit Oct. 21–24, 2024, ganztägig, Stanford, USA (Terminänderungen vorbehalten) März 10-13, 2025, ganztägig, Stanford, USA (Terminänderungen vorbehalten)
Co-Creation Meeting 2 Oct. 30, 2024, 10:00–11:30, online April 2, 2025, 10:00–11:30, online
Workshop 3 (Foresight & Futures Literacy)
Jan. 15, 2025, 15:00–18:00, online / präsenz May 7, 2025, 15:00–18:00, online / präsenz
Final Program Meeting/Co-Creation 3, Cohort A & B May 28, 2025, 12:00–18:00, Leuphana University, Lüneburg May 28, 2025, 12:00–18:00, Leuphana University, Lüneburg

For further questions, please contact the project team at tncc@leuphana.de.

Please note the conditions of participation.