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Digital Hub Initiative

The Digital Hub Initiative, developed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, seeks to support the establishment of digital hubs in Germany. The underlying idea of establishing hubs is that cooperation between companies and business start-ups within a confined area will boost innovation, especially in the digital age.

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Strengthening digital hubs in Germany

Silicon Valley is considered the most successful example of a digital hub with its combination of start-ups, large technology companies and excellent scientists. To follow this example, Germany needs hubs with international appeal/reach, in which German and international business start-ups, scientists, investors and established companies mutually support and strengthen each other. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has set up a Hub Agency for better networking of hubs and has planned creative advertising activities abroad to raise the profile of German hubs.

Cooperation and networking in a common space is the breeding ground for new innovative products and business models. In this way, a regional “hub ecosystem” can be created. By sharing co-working spaces, the hubs can become meeting points where new ideas emerge and digital transformation is taken forward. Learn more.

Twelve hubs in Germany

Leipziger Platz in Berlin at sunset


IoT&FinTech hub

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Dortmund at night Nacht; "Stahlwerks Phoenix West" in the foreground


Logistics hub

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Panorama of the city of Dresden (left), and panorama of the city of Leipzig (right)


Smart systems & smart infrastructure hub

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Skyline of Frankfurt am Main (left) and Russian Chapel, Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt (right)


Fintech & cyber security hub

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"Speicherstadt" in Hamburg


Logistics hub

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Panorama of the city of Karlsruhe by night


Artificial intelligence hub

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Evening view of Cologne (port, river Rhine, and the cathedral)


InsurTech hub

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Ludwigshafen/Mannheim by night


Digital chemistry & digital health hub

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"Frauenkirche" at sunset


Mobility & InsurTech hub

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Panorama of the historical centre of Nuremberg


Digital health hub

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Potsdam city centre, old market


MediaTech hub

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Stuttgart Schlossplatz


Future industries hub

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Map showing five hubs in Germany: Berlin, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

Trailer for the Digital Hub Initiative

The Digital Hub Initiative was launched on 17 November 2016 as part of Germany’s IT summit. The trailer points out what Germany hopes to achieve through the Digital Hub Initiative and the importance that hubs have for the German economy.


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