Japanese Investment for Berlin

On a visit to the Japanese capital in May, Berlin’s mayor announced that Japanese company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) would be investing more than a hundred million of euros in his city in the years to come.

Norwegian Networking

Berlin got a royal visit in May as Crown Prince Haakon of Norway launched a German version of the Norwegian networking platform The Explorer. The launch took place as part of the GreenTech Festival in the German capital, where three Norwegian firms were nominated for Green Awards.

Latest Unicorn

Germany’s population of fairy-tale start-ups grew by one in May, when the travel platform Getyourguide cleaned up $484 million in capital funding.

BM Bioscience Technology Expands

The thriving healthcare and medical technology sectors of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern continue to grow.

Marquardt Group Invests in Thuringia

The company produces mechatronic products for the interiors of premium vehicles and battery-powered cars.

Japanese NTT Data Opens Branch in Erfurt

Among the factors that made Erfurt attractive to the company was its central location, its excellent railway and autobahn connections, and the talented pool of potential employees in the local university landscape.

EUR 10 Million for Pilot Plant PAZ

The European Union, the state of Saxony-Anhalt and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are giving a combined EUR 10 million to the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing (PAZ) in Schkopau, which has been helping its customers perform polymer synthesis and processing procedures on an industrial-orientated scale since it opened in 2005.

Secrets of the Universe

Chemnitz-based scia Systems is supplying the innovative processing equipment to a project of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which is building a huge telescope in the Chilean desert.

Alibaba Invests in German Startup

Alibaba Group Holding has acquired the German data-analysis startup “data Artisans” (dA) in a deal reportedly worth some EUR 90 million.

First Fully Regulated Blockchain Account

The blockchain bank account allows users to have a single account for both normal banking transactions as well as sending, receiving, storing and trading bitcoin.