Berlin


Berlin

Start-up capital

Berlin’s many innovation campuses are a testing ground for smart city technology, and also help to attract new citizens and businesses.

Berlin jumped to twelfth position out of 500 in the 2019 Innovation Cities Index, confirming its status as one of three leading European cities for fostering innovation. Central to its commitment to attract start-ups and industry leaders alike is the development of innovation campuses across the city, as shown in the map below.

Across the city, new inventive initiatives are flourishing such as the soon-to-be decommissioned airport at Tegel to be redesigned as a living urban laboratory and an experimental hub for research and businesses. This project called Berlin TXL – The Urban Tech Republic will transform the inner-city airport into a testing ground for mobility concepts, energy sources and novel approaches to recycling and water management. Tegel Airport was initially planned to close in November 2020 however due to COVID-19 the status has been moved up.

Another leading innovation project is that of the transformation of the historic Siemens site in Spandau. Siemensstadt 2.0 will be a collaborative working and living campus; featuring offices, laboratories, production plants, as well as residential accommodation. A fully integrated approach to information and communications technology (ICT) will make this one of the most exciting urban developments in Berlin, and the world.

Berlin’s Zukunftsorte, innovation locations across the city
Source: Berlin Business Location Center

Furthermore, there is a vision to collaborate with the smart campus development at Gartenfeld, and the planned Urban Tech Republic campus on the site of Tegel Airport once it has been decommissioned. The aim is to create an internet of things (IoT) solution that works across the three districts, achieving a smart ecosyAnother leading innovation project is that of the transformation of the historic Siemens site in Spandau. Siemensstadt 2.0 will be a collaborative working and living campus; featuring offices, laboratories, production plants, as well as residential accommodation. A fully integrated approach to information and communications technology (ICT) will make this one of the most exciting urban developments in Berlin, and the world.stem that harmonizes living, working, and learning.

Berlin in numbers

$681M

Siemens is investing to transform its historic site in Spandau into ‘Siemensstadt 2.0’

Source: Siemens

70

Berlin has a unique concentration of 70 research institutions and three universities

Source: Nature

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