Dear Professional,

In a recent interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg described Berlin’s start-up environment as one of Europe’s – if not the world’s – most vibrant. However, it’s not only Berlin that’s proving a hit with the international start-up community; the Eastern German cities of Dresden, Leipzig and Erfurt also boast dynamic and growing start-up scenes.

A special edition of GTAI’s monthly news show markets on air looks at Germany’s start-up culture, with a focus on Berlin and Leipzig’s respective start-up scenes: What makes Berlin so popular and why is Leipzig growing in attractiveness for international investors?

In our first newsletter of 2016 you can also read about the centenary birthday celebrations taking place in the Leuna industrial chemical complex, success stories from a cluster in the capital region, Saxony’s impressive growth in exports, and much more besides.

At GTAI we are currently finalizing this year’s “Powerhouse Eastern Germany” series of international events. We will update you in due course and very much look forward to welcoming you to one of our events.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to receive more information about investing in Eastern Germany.

Kind regards

Peter Alltschekow
Managing Director Eastern Germany


INVEST | New Opportunities for your Business

More information about our calendar of investor events in 2016 to follow soon. Please also check our website!

TRADE | Business Delegation Trips for Companies from Eastern Germany


  • GERMANY TRADE & INVEST | Cluster Boom
    An unrivaled landscape of industry clusters has sprung up across the new federal states, allowing the former East Germany to take its place as a global innovation force.

  • GERMANY TRADE & INVEST | Leuna Industrial Complex: An Energetic Mini City
    Over its 100-year history, the Leuna industrial complex has grown from a single fertilizer factory to a self-contained oil and chemicals mini city – a place where residents exchange ideas and resources in order to gain a competitive edge.

  • GERMANY TRADE & INVEST | Chinese Auto Supplier Invests in German R&D
    Chinese company Hang Sheng Electronics is seeking to boost its presence in the automobile industry with the help of R&D in Germany. As a producer of electronic products for the automobile industry, the company knows that “INDUSTRIE 4.0” is the industry watchword of the hour – which is why its latest Berlin-based subsidiary is focusing on researching and developing intelligent automotive technologies.

  • BERLIN | Start-Up Metropoles: Berlin and Tel Aviv Exchange Program
    In March, the first round of an exchange program for entrepreneurs from Berlin and Tel Aviv – offering the free use of co-working spaces for a fixed period and intensive consultations in the respective partner city – started with five Israeli entrepreneurs visiting Berlin. The program was launched by Berlin Partner for Business and Technology and Tel Aviv Global last year. While companies from Berlin can benefit from cooperation with high-tech companies from Tel Aviv and access to the local investor landscape, Tel Aviv start-ups are able to test the European market.

  • BRANDENBURG | Cluster Stories from the Capital Region
    A number of best practice examples from the Cluster Transport, Mobility and Logistics Berlin-Brandenburg are showing just how cooperation projects between companies and research institutions can lead to highly innovative solutions. These success stories also reveal the depth and complexity of cluster activities. Examples include high-tech heating solutions for trains developed by a specialist company for fiber composite systems and local researchers and an interactive web-based spare parts catalogue created by a medium-sized market leader for transport trailers and its university partner. [in German]

  • MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN | Major Investments in Pharma Sector
    German biopharmaceutical company IDT Biologika is currently building a new facility for research and quality control on the island of Riems, near Greifswald. This expansion includes investment of around EUR 23 million and will secure and create high-quality jobs in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s pharmaceutical industry. The full range of activities from research and development to the production of veterinary vaccines and pharmaceuticals will be offered on completion of the site. [in German]

  • SAXONY | Exports Reach All-Time High
    In 2015, companies from the new federal state of Saxony exported goods worth EUR 38 billion – 6.9 % more than in the previous year. This also exceeds the German average growth in exports of 6.4 %. China was once again the most important destination for Saxon exports, followed by the USA and the UK respectively. According to Saxony’s minister for economic affairs, Martin Dulig, this development underlines that Saxon companies have not only recognized export as a growth opportunity, but also that products and services from Saxony are in demand internationally. [in German]

  • SAXONY-ANHALT | “Fort Knox of data” in Saxony-Anhalt
    Outside there are barbed wire fences, video and infrared cameras and access controls. However, on the inside, the humming of computers and fans in the server rooms of the cloud data center in Biere, close to Magdeburg, indicates “security made in Germany.” In Germany’s most modern – and probably most secure – cloud data center, Deutsche Telekom not only relies on physical protection measures, but more importantly, on digital protective mechanisms. Expansion plans are already afoot thanks to the unprecedented demand for secure German cloud solutions.

  • THURINGIA | New Program to Support Business Digitalization
    The Thuringian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Science and Digital Society recently presented its Aktionsprogramm Wirtschaft 4.0 (“Action Plan Economy 4.0”) to support companies in the federal state adapt to the digital transformation. The program has a budget of around EUR 100 million through to 2020. Measures include a project fund to support groundbreaking digitalization projects in Thuringian industry, a funding initiative for the set-up of web-based cooperation platforms for companies, and the establishment of a network of free WLAN access points in Thuringia. [in German]




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