Hamburg is significantly expanding its infrastructure for start-ups and innovative new companies by investing and expanding business incubators. 2014 will see the start of three far-reaching projects. At Hamburg-Bergedorf, the foundation stone was laid for the energy campus Bergedorf. Main target of the technology centre is to better exploit the potential of wind power for research and industry. Thus, a wind laboratory and a laboratory for smart grids will be set up. Both labs will be fully integrated into the University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) for research and tuition. The European Union supports Hamburg in the funding of the 7.5 million euro project by covering nearly half of the cost. Practical application is made possible by a wind park with five turbines that will be erected close to the energy campus.
A second incubator of renewable energies will be set up by TU Harburg and TuTech in the south of Hamburg. Covering some 3,000 square metres, the Innovation Campus for Green Technologies (ICGT) will comprise offices, laboratories, three research halls and meeting rooms along with catering for around 100 employees. Construction is scheduled to start next year. Investments are estimated at 13 million euro. Nearby, a private investor plans to build another technology park to take advantage of potential synergies of the ICGT.
The German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) in Bahrenfeld also plans to set up a business incubator for start-ups and spinoffs. According to the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, a dozen business incubators have are already active in Hamburg so far. Until now mainly acting as catalysts of the creative industries and hotbeds of digital innovation, they are now being complemented by incubators of high technologies.