Key ingredients to success included access to top universities and research centers and funding opportunities such as venture capital. In regards to research and patenting activity, Germany is ranked at the top. Darmstadt’s strong performance is an excellent illustration that you don’t have to be big to be successful. The city only has 150,000 people, but comes out as a winner by building on its research & innovative output and on its active business community.
”It’s a thrilling and challenging time to be working in technology, especially in Darmstadt. The ideas of our insightful experts and scientists, proven experience, and dedication to excellence are assets for our companies and our foreign investors. Hessen’s philosophy and approach to business serves to strengthen the state of Hessen’s culture of enthusiastic global teamwork, thought leadership, and pride.” said Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt, CEO, Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI), the state economic development agency.
Darmstadt is one of the largest and fastest growing IT Security locations in Europe with over 200 scientists in the area of IT security. The city provides a unique concentration of IT security expertise, at the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt CASED. CASED acts as the headquarters of the Darmstadt IT Security Cluster, which was established by the Darmstadt University of Technology, the Fraunhofer SIT (Secure Information Technology) and the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, and offers a wealth of expertise in the area of IT security. There is also the EC SPRIDE (European Center for Security & Privacy by Design), which cooperates closely with CASED.
Even though Darmstadt has become a powerhouse for the ICT sector, the state of Hessen continues to promote the expertise that the area has in science and industry with the “House of IT” (HIT), located on the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) campus, only 25 miles away from Frankfurt International Airport making it an ideal business location. The House of IT is a place to meet, exchange ideas, and collaborate; further integrating existing ICT initiatives and facilitating new projects. Companies such as Software AG, SAP, Accenture, AGT Germany, Ernst & Young and IBM support the HIT together with the TU Darmstadt, as the scientific component. Additional partners are the University of Darmstadt, the Hessen Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development and the city of Darmstadt.
For further information on opportunities in Darmstadt, please contact Kristina.Garcia@htai.de (U.S.) or Oliver.Beil@HTAI.de (Germany).