The Frankfurt/Darmstadt digital hub combines two key digital fields that have great potential for bringing about innovation, new business models and new firms. These are fintech and cyber security. While Frankfurt stands for fintech, Darmstadt focuses more on cyber security. The two hubs are working closely together.
TechQuartier (TQ) is the main platform for bringing together fintech businesses and the start-up community based in the Frankfurt metropolitan area. Set up in December 2016, TQ has been providing a flexible working environment for start-ups and companies in their growth stages on a total of 3,200 square meters. By organising a wide range of events, providing tailored services and programmes for new talents, start-ups and established companies, TQ is providing an environment that is perfect for developing the technologies and business models of the future. TechQuartier is a great add-on to Frankfurt’s vibrant start-up ecosystem which currently consists of 60 start-ups and 30 partner firms and universities including Aareal Bank, Allen & Overy, Atos & Wordline, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Börse, DZ BANK Gruppe, EY, Goethe-Universität, Helaba, ING-DiBa, KPMG, PwC, Sparda-Bank Hessen, TU Darmstadt and WIBank.
The hub’s second priority – which is being worked on in Darmstadt – is cyber security. The Darmstadt part of the hub also focuses on innovations for the financial sector, but also on cyber security solutions for businesses, manufacturing, critical infrastructure and healthcare. A new start-up centre which is being financed by Darmstadt’s chamber of industry and commerce and the city of Darmstadt is providing start-ups with the space they need to develop their businesses (co-working spaces, conference rooms, maker spaces, offices). Darmstadt offers young companies a dynamic business environment consisting of established companies from a wide range of different industries and excellent research facilities. The Competence Center for Applied Security Technology (CAST) is connecting 250 firms from across all industries. At the Center for Research in Security and Privacy (CRISP) and the research facilities associated with it such as Fraunhofer SIT, Fraunhofer IGD, TU Darmstadt and the University of Darmstadt, more than 450 scientists are working to make the digital world more secure. Darmstadt’s universities and research facilities are actively promoting the founding of spin-offs. This is particularly true for HIGHEST, the start-up and innovation centre based at TU Darmstadt. Combined, Darmstadt’s organisations are providing unique services helping firms to connect, gain new skills and develop business models that can be used in practice.
A joint website for the Frankfurt/Darmstadt hub will be launched and a joint contact person named soon. Until then, please contact the persons listed below: