ZOLLHOF Tech Incubator: New home for Nuremberg's digital startup scene

Nuremberg gets serious about start-ups: Start-ups just got that bit easier – particularly for companies taking their first step in the Smart Engineering sector. The premises at Zollhof 7 are not actually ready yet. Consequently, the startups are currently sharing temporary office space at the Nuremberg Kohlenhof site occupying around 1,200 m². Demand was so high that the 50 workplaces were snapped up in no time.

Büro-Raum im Zollhof Tech Incubator

Hardly surprising, as we are not just talking about renting an office – an entire network of knowledge, startup experts and potential business partners is ready and waiting. As of 2020, however, the Zollhof 7 site will offer a vast 2,800 m² of space for startups. It’s the future!

There is no shortage of startup facilities and coworking spaces. Yet, quite often, the support available to startups does not extend beyond the provision of cheap office premises and a few seminars to cover the basics. And it is just as rare for the entrepreneurs to work together, never mind cooperate with well-established businesses. Yet it is precisely this type of contact that can be critical to the success of a startup.

And this is exactly where a new support programme from the state of Bavaria comes in. As well as access to affordable premises, the aim is to improve the advice, coaching and contacts made available to startups in the early days. The plan is to link up these startups with higher education, the business community, local authorities and advisory bodies.

24 startups already successfully launched

ZOLLHOF Tech Incubator

Nuremberg's response: A digital startup centre – the ZOLLHOF Tech Incubator. The concept has been developed by the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and by partners from business and science.

The first incubator team was launched in spring 2017 and there are now more than 40 startups in total from across Germany. All have one thing in common, namely smart engineering. This covers

  • Urban Mobility / E-Mobility
  • Digital Health
  • Internet of Things
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Big Data
  • Software as a Service
  • Virtual Reality (VR)

How startups benefit from the new Nuremberg startup centre

Tech startups can rent space at the ZOLLHOF Tech Incubator for a minimum of three months and maximum period of two years. As well as affordable access to great office space, they benefit from the following:

  • Office services – including reception, postal and telephone service, IT, meeting rooms
  • Tech workshop – use of infrastructure and professional support with prototype development
  • Access to investors, business angels and digital support programms
  • Access to business partners – exchange events and shared projects with well-established companies
  • Access to mentors – experienced individuals, legal and specialist advisors and coaches
  • Network support – presenting the startups to the public, demo days, preferential access to conferences

Plus: The ZOLLHOF - Tech Incubator was recognised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in spring 2017 as one of 12 digital hubs in Germany. Interested startups should contact the Zollhof team to make sure they’re among the new companies benefiting from this unique network in the next year!

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