18.10.2018

Best Prospects for Medium-sized Companies: The First Digital Hub in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion Will Be Launched

Minister of Economic Affairs hands over the notification of the funding decision of about one million Euros for Digital Hub in Bruchsal / The focus is on new business models and concepts for digital change / The project will be launched with a kick-off event for companies and start-ups on 14 November 2018

[Translate to Englisch:] Bildquelle: TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH

With a grant of the State of around one million Euros, the project “Digital Hub Region Bruchsal” was launched as one of ten digitalisation centres in Baden-Württemberg. Minister of Economic Affairs, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut handed over the notification of the funding decision on Thursday (18 October 2018) in Karlsruhe.

In the sense of “Open Innovation”, a contact point is being developed together with the Digital Hub in Bruchsal, in order to support the cooperation of established companies with start-ups and other actors. Starting in April 2019, there will be founders’ offices, tinkerer's garages and a publicly accessible high-tech workshop with machines, which can be used jointly. Thus, prototypes can quickly take shape and be tested.

”There are still too many, especially small and medium-sized companies in Baden-Württemberg that are reluctant concerning digital change,” said Hoffmeister-Kraut at the handover of the notification of the funding decision. “During this time of great transformations, we have to see risk once again as much more than an opportunity. With the digital hub, we systematically support in particularly these companies in digital innovations and thus forward the digitalisation in the region.”

Companies get access to start-ups and universities  

“The digital hub will be a place where innovations occur,” explains Cornelia Petzold-Schick, chairman of the supervisory board of the newly established Digital Hub Region Bruchsal e.V. “Companies, start-ups and researchers meet in an innovative, creative environment and build project-related teams. Thus, new approaches and products can be developed.” The digital hub is located on around 1.200 square metres in the TRIWO Technopark Bruchsal.

“The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is one of the leading IT regions in Europe,” says the Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe Dr. Frank Mentrup, chair of the supervisory board of the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH. “Top research institutes and digital market leaders are located in Karlsruhe. However, they are far too little networked with small and medium-sized companies in the region. Our incentive in the digital hub is: to bring different competences together, in order to develop new innovation potentials,” states Mentrup.

Association becomes platform for networking

The host organisation of the project is the Digital Hub Region Bruchsal e.V. Companies, start-ups, creative people, networks and universities will be able to actively participate as members and immediately co-decide.

The project will be launched on 14 November 2018 with a kick-off event. All interested companies and institutions are invited to attend. At the conference area of the TRIWO Technopark Bruchsal between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., the focus will be on how companies can benefit from the digital hub and contribute their competences. The event addresses both companies that offer technology solutions themselves as well as companies that are still at the very beginning of their digitalisation.

The participation is free of charge. Please register until 10 November 2018 via email at andre.tiede@dont-want-spam.wfg-bruchsal.de.

Contact person  

Digital Hub Region Bruchsal e. V.
c/o Regionale Wirtschaftsförderung Bruchsal GmbH
Herr Stefan Huber
Executive Director
Amalienstraße 2, 76646 Bruchsal, Germany
Phone: 07251 93256-10
Mobile: 0151 17601086
Email: stefan.huber@dont-want-spam.wfg-bruchsal.de
Web: www.wfg-bruchsal.de