The software and electronics architectures in vehicles are becoming increasingly important and complex. The growing demands of electrification, connection and automation require new software and IT security expertise. As part of the federal government-funded SofDCar (software-defined car) project, leading companies and research institutions in the state have already addressed central issues. For the Automotive Cluster in BW, it has been essential that the many medium-sized suppliers can participate in the future value creation potential. Especially these suppliers often find it difficult to develop, scale and industrialize innovations in the new fields of technology such as software, digitalization, AI, sensor and actuator technology on their own. The mission therefore explores the questions: How can small and medium-sized enterprises be integrated in the processes along the supply chains? Which questions are relevant beyond SofDCar regarding future value creation within the state?