Examples of projects supported by Hamburg Innovation Hamburg Innovation is working with the career services at Hamburg’s universities to expand their existing network. Working with Hamburg’s life sciences cluster, the network is building long-term cooperation with small and medium-sized enterprises. The Netzwerk Hamburg Career Services project began on 1 January 2010 and received funding until 31 March 2016 from the European Social Fund and the City of Hamburg. The Pro Exzellenzia project aims to achieve a significant and lasting increase in the number of women at management level in Hamburg companies. It is directed at highly-qualified female doctoral researchers and postdocs who are keen to take on a management role in the sciences, business, or culture. Pro Exzellenzia has been running successfully since 1 September 2010 and will continue to be funded by the European Social Fund and the City of Hamburg until 31 December 2016. IKS (Innovations Kontakt Stelle) Hamburg is the point of contact and hub for researchers and business people in Hamburg who are interested in working together. IKS’s advisory and matchmaking service is directed at companies, entrepreneurs, and research institutes looking for support or partnership in bringing an innovative idea to market.