Panorama of the city of Karlsruhe by night

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As Baden Württemberg’s number one location for the IT industry, Karlsruhe is a major driving force for innovation. The city has 26 research institutes and development facilities, more than 44,000 students – more than 10,000 of whom are enrolled in ICT courses – 10 start-up centres, more than 4,400 digital businesses, the best ICT cluster in the whole of Europe, and a start-up rate that is higher than the European average. Thanks to these assets, Karlsruhe is providing an excellent environment for start-ups, innovative companies, and companies wanting to innovate.

The fact that here, partners from a multitude of different fields are working together, and that technology and knowledge is being transferred between the old and the new economy and between traditional sectors and the digital and creative industries is one of the key strengths of the city and of the entire region, which is known for its focus on technology. A special focus is being placed on developing practical solutions. This also holds true for the digital hub for applied artificial intelligence (AI). The hub focuses on developing safe and secure artificial intelligence solutions in the fields of energy, mobility and manufacturing – solutions that can be used for new business models, new businesses and for helping established companies strengthen their market position and gain a competitive edge. In all of these activities, the hub draws on the expertise of excellent scientific and research facilities.

Karlsruhe Oststadt, the eastern part of the city, which is only a stone’s throw away from the campus of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), is where the heart of the city’s digital hub is located. On a total of 23,000 square meters, start-ups and innovative companies find what they need to set up or grow their business in an open and pro-innovation environment: co-living and co-working spaces, maker spaces, the House of Living Labs, several accelerators, most notably the CyberLAB BW IT accelerator and Technologiefabrik, the cyber security centre, the competence center for applied security technology (KASTEL), the augmented reality centre, and a large number of additional dedicated research labs. The hub not only provides targeted programmes for start-up founders and innovators; by hosting a wide range of different events, it also involves ordinary citizens in the innovation process. Additional services are available from the hub’s partners, which are located either within walking distance, or can be reached by bike or by using the frequent local public transport services.

Close cooperation between partners, short distances, a true interdisciplinary approach and a strong focus on applying new technologies in practice make for a unique and creative environment. The hub is currently sponsored by 14 partners:

CyberForum e.V., Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation, FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the innovation alliance for the Karlsruhe technology region, the city of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Smart Data Solution Center Baden-Württemberg, SICOS BW GmbH, Smart Data Innovation Lab, Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe GmbH, Technologiepark Karlsruhe GmbH.

A large number of small, medium-sized and large companies like Fiducia & GAD IT AG, ISB AG, Sick AG, CAS Software AG, LEA Partners GmbH, GmbH and Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH und Co. KG and other partners have signalled their active support for the digital hub. The number of companies interested in becoming involved in the hub is constantly growing. Negotiations with these companies have started.


Frauke Goll
DIZ | Digitales Innovationszentrum GmbH
A cooperation project between FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik and CyberForum e.V.

Haid-und-Neu-Straße 10-14
76131 Karlsruhe

Tel.: 0721/9654908