The technology center and the business incubators often connected to them are the think tanks for the innovations of tomorrow. At attractive locations, companies in the industries of the future benefit from shared infrastructure, cooperative networks of business and science, and good transport links. The development of future technologies is promoted through the research and economic policies of the State of Berlin.
Technology center are geared towards the settlement of recent start-ups and businesses with a primary focus on the development, production and marketing of technologically innovative products, processes and services. Most of them have their own location management, which offers additional services in addition to space and land management.
Start-up centers enable start-ups and small businesses to enter the business world in a supervised manner. In addition to flexible space, young companies will find supportive advice and coaching options for implementing individual company ideas in the incubators. A distinction is made between publicly funded (and partly also operated with public participation) innovation center and incubators and the rapidly growing range of private labs and co-working spaces.
Publicly funded innovation center and incubators
Start-ups that are primarily active in technology-based industries have been financially supported by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Enterprises with funds from the State of Berlin and the European Social Fund (ESF) since 2005. The spin-offs from the start-up centers of the Berlin universities benefit from this in particular, but also private sponsors. This gives them access to coaching, mentoring, and training measures that will strengthen their business skills and help them get their products and services ready to launch.
After entering the market, publicly funded start-up centers offer particularly good conditions for knowledge- and technology-oriented company start-ups. Since the establishment of the city's first incubator (Berliner Innovations- und Gründerzentrum BIG) in 1983, 20 further incubators have been launched, each with different areas of focus. These are located in such technology center as
- Biotechpark Berlin-Buch,
- Campus Charlottenburg in City-West, and
- Innovationspark Wuhlheide.
The continuous influx of people willing to start a business in Berlin requires new space, which is why further projects are already being planned or under construction. These include
- the Business and Innovation Center next to Freie Universität Berlin Campus (FUBIC) in Steglitz-Zehlendorf and
- the Berlin BioCube on the Buch Campus.
Private labs and co-working spaces
The business models and content-related orientations of the private incubators range from the simple offer of co-working spaces to the qualitative enhancement through joint events, seminars, exchanges and funding programmes to incubators that not only provide start-ups with infrastructure and expertise, but also with equity capital.