The technology centres and the business incubators often connected to them at some of Berlin's future locations 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 centres are geared towards the settlement of relatively 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.
With their large number of models and designs, business incubators are aimed at start-ups and small businesses needing support as they enter the world of business. 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 centres and incubators and the rapidly growing range of private labs and co-working spaces.
Publicly funded innovation centres 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. This especially benefits the incubators of Berlin's universities. 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.
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 centres as
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,
- the Berlin BioCube on the Buch Campus, and
- the Innovations- und Technologiezentrum für Industrie 4.0 (ITZ 4.0) in Schöneweide.
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.
The Startup Map Berlin also offers a constantly updated overview of the privately operated incubators and accelerators.