The ADT is the Federal German association of innovation, technology and business incubation centers as well as science and technology parks. The ADT supports its member centers in fulfilling their task of initiating and overseeing innovative technology-oriented start-ups. By pursuing this approach, the ADT fosters the growth of small and medium-sized enterprise economy as well as innovation-oriented structural change in all regions of Germany. The goal of the ADT is to promote technology transfer and innovation as well as business start-ups and enterprise development. It also seeks to further develop the importance and competence of the Innovation Centers in order to support innovative entrepreneurs and to present them appropriately in the public domain. The ADT represents the interests of the Innovation Centers and start-up companies thus also, in public areas such as politics, industry, science and the media.