Technology scouting is a sub-area of innovation management. The term scouting means in German: "peek, seek out". Technology scouts are specialists from a wide variety of industries. You look for and identify new trends and innovations to solve specific problems.


In addition to the identification of innovative or disruptive technologies, the analysis and evaluation of the potential and possible areas of application of a technology is also part of the service of a technology scout. Identification takes place, for example, by attending specialist conferences or trade fairs, via strong cross-industry and cross-technology networks, social media, internet research or observation of the venture capital scene. Scouting includes, on the one hand, researching scientific publications and researching existing patents, and, on the other hand, identifying start-ups with innovative business ideas that have experts and subject-specific knowledge.


Technology scouting is characterized by cross-sector thinking.

While technologies or processes may be established in one industry, their use in other industries is new and can thus enable new applications. Technology scouts also act as contact brokers between the actors. The idea of transferring new knowledge into an application is not fundamentally new, after all, we experience every day how innovations influence everyday life, making it more comfortable or more efficient.

Systematic observation

In einem Umfeld, das von steigender Differenzierung und Komplexität der Technologien geprägt ist und immer kürzere Innovationszyklen zulässt, kommt insbesondere der systematischen Beobachtung und einem erkennen von Potenzialen in ihrer frühen Entwicklungsphase eine maßgebliche Bedeutung zu.

What used to be covered by an in-house development department has now developed into an independent field of activity.

Michael Schaub

CEO, IP- and mobility expert

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