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

© Silvio Dittrich/LTM

More than any other technological development before it, digital technology is shaping and transforming our society, economy and industry. For many companies, digitising their businesses has therefore become a number one priority. With Dresden mainly focusing on basic research, and Leipzig placing a strong focus on practical applications, the two hubs offer a perfect combination of knowledge and skills.

The Dresden is pursuing a smart systems strategy, aiming at ‘enabling IoT’, and focusing on combining hardware, software and connectivity as the bases for our digital future. It will provide end-to-end IoT solutions which can be developed quickly and deployed by a wide range of different users. The Dresden hub is working with a number of skilled partners from academia and the industrial sector, innovative IT companies, creative start-ups and established networks. Based at the campus of TU Dresden, the hub offers a dynamic digital ecosystem. Whether it is micro-electronics and sensor technology – all areas in which Dresden has been able to leverage considerable investment, synergies and expertise – the fast-growing software sector, big data, high-performance computing or high-speed mobile phone connections, Dresden has the skills needed to supply all business sectors with the smart equipment they need in the digital age and the Internet of Things. There are ‘trails’ that help interested parties obtain an overview of the wide variety of products and services provided by all the stakeholders involved and that provide information on the hub’s academic partners including TU Chemnitz, TU Dresden, HTW Dresden, the ENAS, IPMS and IWU Fraunhofer institutes, as well as the hub’s business partners including Infineon, Globalfoundries, SAP, T-Systems MMS, iSAX, N+P und many others.

The Leipzig smart infrastructure hub focuses on energy, smart cities, e-health, and cross-cutting technologies. The hub takes a very practical approach: innovative start-ups from around the globe are to join with partners from academia, science and politics to develop new technologies and to promote their practical use. Apart from the Free State of Saxony, the city of Leipzig and several universities (the University of Leipzig, HTWK Leipzig, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management), many companies based in the region such as Verbundnetzgas AG, the European Energy Exchange (EEX), Leipziger Gruppe, Porsche, DELL und arvato are also part of the hub. ‘SpinLab – the HHL accelerator’ is a leading accelerator programme that is focusing on the issues named above and helps to partner start-ups with established companies and investors as they introduce their products into the market and seek financing for their business. In the medium-term, an additional venture capital fund is to be set up. This fund is to unlock additional private investment for start-ups that are in the early stages of business development and are located in the region. Furthermore, additional rental units are to be provided on existing premises in the dynamic community in the West of Leipzig. In the long term, a centre of excellence for energy and smart cities involving all universities will be created, which will help pool and expand the hub’s expertise in the field of research.

A joint website for the Dresden/Leipzig hub will be launched and a joint contact person named soon. Until then, please contact the persons listed below:


Dr Sebastian Lindner
AG Smart Systems Hub
Dr Eric Weber
SpinLab – the HHL Accelerator
Tel.: +49 (0)351 56 41 270
Tel.: +49 (0)341 355 785 70