Bavaria is the state for growth in digital start-ups
Bavaria as the state for start-ups is growing – and indeed to a considerable extent. The Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs plans on further expanding the achieved successes in its start-up funding, as exemplified by Werk1.Bayern; to this end, the state has initiated a competition for digital business incubators.
The new centres are intended to support young entrepreneurs across Bavaria with far more than just a chair and a desk. The assessment by an independent panel of experts incorporated the following criteria:
- Potential for the concept region
- Collaboration with universities and research institutions
- Participation by companies, industry chambers and associations
- Sustained involvement by the municipalities
- Concepts for knowledge transfer
- Development of the regional network
- Swabia: The Digitale Zentrum Schwaben benefits from its close proximity to the universities in Augsburg and Kempten; the interfaces are not only designed to assist start-ups, but are also intended to provide new inspiration for the local economy.
- Upper Bavaria: The dallwigk in Ingolstadt supports start-ups which have specialised in digital applications for the mobility sector. In addition, cross-sectional technologies, especially for media, trade, health and medium-sized businesses, have found a new home here. The concept behind Stellwerk 18 in Rosenheim is supporting digital start-ups, preparing local companies for digitization and networking the creative input.
- Lower Bavaria: The cities of Landshut, Deggendorf and Passau teamed up for a joint application which brings their respective university-related expertise together in the form of the Gründerzentrum Digitalisierung Niederbayern (GDN). LINKWORK, ITC1 and InnoRivers already provide Lower Bavaria with excellent starting points for technology-oriented entrepreneurs.
- Upper Palatinate: The R-Tech GmbH in Upper Palatinate is striving to expand its start-up funding. After the TechBase celebrated its opening this year, the location has now also secured the involvement of the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg and the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Amberg-Weiden in a joint business incubator.
- Middle Franconia: The high-tech location of Nuremberg invites start-ups to do-it-yourself at the Zollhof. The local TechSpace provides entrepreneurs with an ideal infrastructure for producing initial prototypes.
- Upper Franconia: Industry 4.0 is a hot topic in Bamberg. The new business incubator is the right place for start-ups in the digital business models, future logistics, Crafts 4.0 as well as Big Data and E-Commerce sectors. Big Data also plays a major role at the new centre in Hof, where entrepreneurs benefit from the immediate proximity to an ITC-oriented university landscape.
- Lower Franconia: With its proximity to the campus, the Zentrum für digitale Innovationen (ZDI) Mainfranken provides ideal support for start-up ideas generated by the university, and is thus a key interface for the direct knowledge and technology transfer in the region.
- Additional models for business incubators are being developed for the regions including Cham, the rural district of Neustadt/Aisch-Bad-Windsheim and Alzenau; all of which were subsequently added as winners of the competition.