Baden-Württemberg is home to numerous technology parks and thus offers an excellent infrastructure and attractive high-tech locations for life sciences companies in close proximity to scientific excellence. Young companies and business start-ups particularly stand to benefit from the opportunities for cooperation with other companies and research institutions in the technology parks and also from the relatively cheap rents for office and laboratory space.
The Technology Centre provides company founders and start-up companies with inexpensive rents and an ideal environment for company development. In addition, the Centre supports start-up companies in the first years of operation, stimulates technology transfer, promotes synergy and establishes contacts with companies both in the Centre itself and externally.
Freiburg BioTechPark is run by Technologiestiftung BioMed Freiburg. Freiburg BioTechPark offers both new and already established biotechnology companies optimal start-up and working conditions: 30,000 m² available space in the Innovation Centre of Freiburg as well as 6,000 m² of subsidized space for start-up companies. Moreover advice in conceptualisation, strategy, marketing, sales, financing and contact with the authorities is offered. Another advantage of site is the integration of the companies into Freiburg BioRegion and the three nation BioValley network.
The Innocel Innovation Centre, close to Lörrach's city centre, is a cutting-edge facility for new and established companies in information technology and biotechnology. 25,000 square metres of high-quality and attractive office space provide excellent conditions for establishing a business close to the city of Basle, Switzerland.
The Wohlgelegen Future Park technology park is a joint project of the city of Heilbronn and Stadtsiedlung Heilbronn GmbH. Zukunftsfonds Heilbronn, one of the largest VC firms in Germany, is a major cooperation partner in the project. Wohlgelegen Future Park offers young high-tech enterprises from cutting-edge industry sectors optimal conditions for growth, including a rentable floor area of 18,600 sqm and 4,800 sqm of subsidised rentable floor area for start-ups in the Innovationsfabrik Heilbronn (IFH). WTZ Science and Technology Centre provides office and laboratory space for small and medium-sized high-tech enterprises as well catering areas, meeting rooms and health and fitness suites.
The Technology Park Heidelberg was the first life science incubator to be founded in Germany, in 1984. With 80,000 square metres of laboratory and office space, it is one of the largest in Europe. Its close vicinity to large international research institutions, and the comprehensive services provided by the incubator's management company, have led numerous biotechnology companies to establish themselves in the Technology Park Heidelberg. The Technology Park Heidelberg is present with five locations (Neuenheimer Feld, Czernyring, Bahnstadt, Wieblinger Weg, Entrepreneurs' Center).
The city of Mannheim offers office and laboratory space at several locations. These meet the demands of young academic entrepreneurs, as well as those of established medium-sized companies.
A new medical technology start-up and competence centre - CUBEX41 – opened its doors on the Medical Faculty Mannheim campus in January 2015. Covering a total area of around 1,800 square metres, 6 offices and 17 iCubes between 16 and 25 square metres are available for start-up companies and SMEs.
The MAFINEX-Technologiezentrum in Mannheim is a technology centre offering incubation space and services such as advisory services for corporate concepts and business plans as well as information and advice on funding and financing to technology-oriented start-ups and young, innovative companies.
The Life Science Centre (LSC) has been a new address for innovative ideas in Esslingen since the beginning of 2000. It is an important base for successful company development in the BioRegion. The 2,000 m2 building not only provides start-up companies with office and laboratory space, but also with inexpensive rents, a key requirement in the initial phase of company foundation. In 2002, the city of Esslingen established a Life Science Fund with an investment volume of 2.6 million euros.
The Technology Parks in Tübingen and Reutlingen (TTR), with an area of 18,000 m2, are the biggest biotechnology incubator centres in Germany. Both locations have prestigious buildings and specific areas set aside for both office and development space (also clean room facilities), the latter of which can be adapted to tenants' specific needs. The flexible and modern structure of the centres allows for rapid and easy refitting and expansion of the laboratories should this become necessary. The technical behind the scenes management of the TTR guarantees smooth operations and assures the proper management of the development space facilities. This enables scientists to focus entirely on their research.
The BiotechnologieZentrum Ulm, which is part of TFU - TechnologieFörderungsUnternehmen GmbH (TFU), has a total area of 3,600 square metres, with 1,200 square metres used for laboratory space (also for use as S2 laboratories). The Centre provides company founders and start-up companies with suitable laboratories, getting them into contact with existing biotechnology companies in the region, thus providing the newcomers with an ideal environment in which to lay the foundations for, and to develop, their company. The Centre offers inexpensive rents and financing options. In addition, it provides conditions that help reduce the operating costs in the critical initial phase of company start-up.