New Home for Nuremberg’s Digital Startup Scene

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High-Caliber Promoters and Highly Reputed Companies Provide Support for the Startups

Overall, the digital transformation is expected to create around 360,000 new jobs throughout Germany – and Nuremberg wants to scoop up as many of these as possible. As a result, German federal state of Bavaria, the regional government of the Bavarian region of Central Franconia, the city of Nuremberg and the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments (BLfD) provided appropriate funding and subsidies. The shareholders include strong brands from science and business, including the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Nürnberger Insurance Group, Siemens, Schaeffler and HUK Coburg. Also on board is Professor Dieter Kempf, the acting President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

2,800 square meters of space on three above-ground and a basement floor are now available for offices, communication, meetings, events, and food and beverage outlets. The workspaces consist of a mix of zones with open-plan workstation areas, combination and individual offices, which can be used by employees of the various startup companies around the clock. Tech startups can rent a room in the ZOLLHOF Tech Incubator for a minimum of three months and a maximum of two years.

The All-Inclusive Startup Package

In addition to very low-cost office space and excellent public transport connections, due to the immediate vicinity of Nuremberg Steinbühl suburban railroad station, the startups benefit from office services such as a central reception, free wireless local area network (WLAN), printers, tea and coffee making equipment, meeting rooms and accommodation facilities. A kind of tech workshop provides space for smaller machines and electronics workstations. For prototyping, there is also a network of companies whose tools can be accessed by the startups, covering 3D printing, wood, metal, laser cutting and finishing. Access to investors, business angels, digital promotion programs, demo days and preferential access to conferences complete the range of services.