The public procurement law team led by Ute Jasper and Christopher Marx advises the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs on the competition for the Artificial Intelligence Innovation Park. The lawyers of the firm of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek designed the award procedure and are organizing the entire process.
Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Economic Affairs, has high expectations: “It is our objective to implement the AI Innovation Park in 2021. As the largest single measure of the state government to promote innovation in recent decades, the project supports our claim to be at the forefront of the huge global market of the future for artificial intelligence, specifically business-wise.”
“The competition is legally compliant, innovative, and efficient,” said Ute Jasper, Head of the Public Sector & Public Procurement practice group. “It will show at which site and with which partners the greatest impact for artificial intelligence can be achieved in Baden-Württemberg. It will be important to see how to accomplish the greatest leverage for cooperation, innovations, site quality, and sustainability with public funding.”
Participants of the competition are asked to develop a novel concept for the AI Innovation Park that provides for the most creative ideas possible on operator structure and technical infrastructure. In addition to a financing concept, the relevant criteria include information on the area and site of the AI Innovation Park as well as sustainability. The state will support the procedure with 50 million euros from its “BW state of the future – Emerging stronger from the crisis” reserve of the second supplementary budget 2020/21.
The AI Innovation Park is intended to form a nationally and internationally outstanding innovation and value creation center in artificial intelligence and to create an ecosystem to develop and implement new ideas. At the same time, the project is designed to make a substantial contribution to commercialize AI based in Baden-Württemberg.
More information about the AI Innovation Park is found here.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Public Sector & Public Procurement department has been one of the best public procurement law practices for years. Its lawyers advise on awards, restructuring, large-scale projects, and cooperation in the public sector. They have accompanied several hundred projects of federal, state, and local authorities with a total volume in excess of EUR 40 billion without any procedure having been successfully challenged to date.
Dr. Ute Jasper is one of the most renowned lawyers for procurement and infrastructure projects in the public sector. She advises federal and state ministries, municipalities, and businesses, particularly on innovative and complex projects. Ute Jasper heads Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's “Public Sector & Public Procurement” department. For years, she has been ranked number 1 in the Public Procurement Law ranking of JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms, most recently in its 2020/2021 issue, and according to “Law Firms in Germany,” she is the “premier contact on the market” for infrastructure. In October 2016, she received the JUVE Award for Regulated Industries with her team.
Dr. Christopher Marx is a lawyer and has been a Partner in the “Public Sector & Public Procurement” practice group, Düsseldorf, since 2020. His practice focuses on advising on public procurement law and contract law relating to complex and innovative projects as well as on drafting civil law contracts.