• „You have to focus on innovation and people to successfully shape the future.“
    Ferdinand von Steinbeis
  • „We have made it our mission to comprehensively qualify tomorrow's leaders with business knowledge“
    Rainer Gehrung, CEO

The Steinbeis Foundation, the Steinbeis Network, and Steinbeis University Berlin

Ferdinand Steinbeis was the trailblazer of the dual education system. He believed that, in the future, qualified industrial employees would need theoretical knowledge combined with practical skills. As early as the mid-19th century, he developed the concept of practice-oriented technology transfer.

Steinbeis Foundation - Scientific Knowledge for Business

The Steinbeis Foundation is named after Ferdinand Steinbeis, who in 1873 established a Steinbeis Foundation on his own. Financing was provided by renowned industrialists as a way of expressing their gratitude. The foundation’s goal was education and support for young trade workers.

Today’s Steinbeis Foundation for Business Development (StW) was founded in 1971 with the goal of making scientific knowledge available to the entire economy. In 1983, the minister president of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, Lothar Späth, named Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Johann Löhn the first government commissioner for technology transfer. He held this office until 2006.

At the same time, Löhn assumed full-time chairmanship of the newly created Steinbeis Foundation. Together with Späth, he developed and implemented the Steinbeis model of concrete knowledge and technology transfer. Based on the LöhnMethode that he developed and on his model of Transfer Centers, Löhn built the Steinbeis Foundation into a worldwide knowledge and technology transfer conglomerate.

The Steinbeis Network - Knowledge and Technology Transfer

The Steinbeis Foundation for Business Development (StW) is the umbrella organization for the Steinbeis Network. It has become synonymous with concrete, competitive transfer of knowledge and technology. The Steinbeis name stands for efficient, effective dovetailing of theory and practice, of science and business.

The Steinbeis Foundation was reorganized in 1998. Steinbeis GmbH & Co KG für Technologietransfer (StC) was founded as the operational unit in order to separate the business activities from the tasks of the foundation.

Steinbeis University Berlin - Dovetailing Theory and Practice

Steinbeis University BerlinIn the same year, the private Steinbeis University Berlin (SHB) was founded and recognized by the government. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Johann Löhn is now president of the university, which he has directed since its founding. Through its Transfer Institutes (STI), Steinbeis University Berlin offers transfer-oriented research and competence-oriented continuing education. SHB’s Project Competence Degrees offer students and companies career-integrated, practice-oriented study programs with state-recognized degrees.

Students and Alumni

At the end of 2014, more than 6,500 students were registered in SHB bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The students are served by approximately 1,800 professors and instructors. Since its founding, SHB has graduated more than 9,000 alumni (Valid as of 12/2014).


Source: Steinbeis - Ferdinand von Steinbeis, Steinbeis - Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Johann Löhn, Steinbeis Broschure