Promoting Baden-Württemberg as a center of business, higher education, and research, Baden-Württemberg International (bw-i) provides economic development services and supports international cooperation for the German state of Baden-Württemberg. bw-i actively serves the interests of Baden-Württemberg's business and research communities worldwide and operates as a "first point of contact" for domestic and foreign companies, research facilities, universities, regions, and municipalities. bw-i helps companies establish operations and cooperative relationships and assists with knowledge transfer. bw-i’s activities include initiating international cooperation through programs aimed at penetrating key markets across the globe. Located in the southwest of Germany, Baden-Württemberg is one of the most attractive business locations worldwide. It enjoys close international ties to a large number of companies and organizations in many industries.