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Business development 4.0 becoming reality in Hamburg

Horch to present Hamburg's "one-stop agency" for investments on international stage

Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, is to present Hamburg’s one-stop agency for investment to an international audience at the EXPO REAL underway from Wednesday (October 4-6, 2017) in Munich. Commenting on his choice of venue, Horch said: “For the Hamburg Senate, the real estate industry is a strategic partner in urban development. To streamline collaboration with the City of Hamburg, we have now expanded the scope of the Hamburg Business Development Corporation (HWF) by making it a one-stop agency for investment.”

HWF will operate in future under the umbrella brand of “Hamburg Invest” with responsibilty for marketing all urban commercial and industrial spaces and operating Hamburg’s research and innovation parks. Horch added: “‘Hamburg Invest’ will be establishing a central point of contact for knowledge-based start-ups. Business development 4.0 is becoming a reality In Hamburg.”

Around 65 companies and institutions will host a joint stand during EXPO REAL – the international trade fair for real estate and investment. Horch will be joined in Munich by Hamburg’s Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Senator for Urban Development and Housing, and Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Senator for Finance. All three will be promoting Hamburg as a location during various events and in talks with investors.

Hamburg as a centre of innvoation

A network of R&I parks is currently being established in Hamburg. Provided with a scientific anchor institution, these parks offer commercial spaces for innovation-orientate businesses, research institutions and new entrepreneurs. The parks cover different research and development sectors and will create synergies by addressing the relevant value chains. The planning agenda includes the development of several R&I parks in Hamburg in life sciences, laser technology and green technologies. Another R&I park saw the establishment of ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research.

Initiated by Arne Weber of HC Hagemann, work on the Hamburg Innovation Port project, a research and technology centre, is now underway between Blohmstrasse and Ziegelwiesenkanal. From 2018, 8,000 square metres of office and research space will be available for companies, founders, and for potential extensions to the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). The HIP will accommodate more than 3,000 work spaces on a 70,000 square metre area when completed.

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