Berlin’s digital economy is booming! A recent analysis performed by the Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) found that sales in this segment of the ICT industry rose by 7.1% in 2017, and that employment rose by 14.1%, to approximately 88,200 people. By comparison, the increase in the Berlin’s overall economy was only 3.7%.
Hamburg is making a new home for its thriving fintech scene, which already boasts 42 companies, such as Kreditech, Deposit Solutions and Finanzcheck. In the fall of 2018, a new campus tower – called “finhaven” – will be opened in HafenCity. The roughly 1,000-sqm coworking space will house some 100 workstations on two floors, and focus on networking, open spaces, offices for teams, fintech meet-ups and special events.
Two new high-tech labs at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), opened this spring, are enhancing the city-state’s status as a leading center for digital development. Abstract ideas can be turned into physical objects in the “3D space,” and users can gain experience with 3D printing technology. Another laboratory, housed in the Institute of Materials Science and Welding Technology, allows students to gain experience with laser- and robot-based 3D metal printing. The labs are currently only used by HAW students, but there are plans to also make them accessible to startups and companies.
Nevaris Bausoftware GmbH, a member of the Nemetschek Group, has decided to establish an office in the Europa-Center in Bremen’s Airport-Stadt. The 1,700 sqm space will house 60 employees of the company, a market leader in producing and marketing integrated construction management and commercial software solutions for architects and construction companies. Among the factors that attracted the company to Bremen were the transportion options, quality of life, and proximity to universities.
COPART, the US-based provider of online vehicle auction and remarketing services, plans to open a new branch on the industrial estate of the Leipzig-Altenburg airfield in Thuringia to take advantage of the area’s excellent transport conditions, especially to Poland and Eastern Europe. The expansion involves an investment volume of approximately EUR 11.6 million and is expected to eventually create 50-70 new jobs.