The digitalHUB Aachen brings together start-ups and IT SMEs (digital “enablers”) with traditional SMEs and industry as users (digital “users”) in the digitalCHURCH to jointly develop and realise new digital business models. This is supported by the region and science (“supporters”).
Traditionally, the Aachen region is characterised by small and medium-sized businesses. This applies to the many service and technology companies, but also to the manufacturing industry. There are numerous “hidden champions”, especially in the food industry and mechanical engineering. The heterogeneity of the region and the university landscape with RWTH Aachen University as one of the world’s top 100 universities and the FH Aachen as one of the ten largest universities of applied sciences in Germany, offer ideal conditions for innovation, knowledge transfer and mutual exchange.
The IT sector with its high innovation potential is one of the strongest economic sectors in the city-region of Aachen. In the city of Aachen alone, 81 percent more people work in this sector than in the NRW state average. Numerous “hidden champions”, world market leaders in their field, are located in the Aachen Area.
The IT SME sector has a classically flat corporate structure. Therefore, these companies are particularly well suited as a bridge between start-ups and business and represent ideal cooperation partners for industry and digital start-ups.
According to Entrepreneurship Analysen IKT.NRW, the start-up ecosystem of the Aachen Area is among the top 3 in NRW, along with Cologne and Düsseldorf. The reasons for this are the regional strength in knowledge transfer, the positive creativity, innovation and start-up climate as well as the heterogeneous environment. Since the 1980s, more than 1,600 technology-oriented start-ups have emerged in the Aachen region. The region has 13 technology, service and start-up centres. In the digitalHUB alone, more than 100 digital start-ups are involved with digital products or services.
Supporters from politics (city, municipalities, state, federal government), science, management consultancies and investors enhance the digital transformation in the Aachen Area with tailored offerings and events at the digitalHUB. They frequently provide experienced trainers, coaches or mentors.
Research activities of Aachen’s universities as well as the close collaboration with the Transfer and Start-up Center of RWTH Aachen University (TGZ) provide valuable impulses for the work of the digitalHUB and its members.
Many of the digitalHUB’s offers are open to the public. Members of the association additionally benefit from numerous contacts, networking opportunities, exclusive events or discounted offers. If you also support the goals of the digitalHUB and would like to have a say in the work of the association through your vote in the General Meeting, we look forward to receiving your application for membership.
Enjoy the following benefits:
Become part of our community and be inspired by digital trends and opportunities!
Write to us, our SME team is looking forward to informing you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or submit your online application (as user or enabler of IT-SME) right here:
Membership fees are charged according to our membership fee regulations (PDF). The association’s Management Board will examine your application in accordance with the association’s statutes (PDF) and decide on acceptance. Explanations of our memberships and service packages can be found here: aachen.digital/alle-leistungen.