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Hamburg Innovation Port to pool ideas

Founders and start-ups to launch projects and innovations together. Up to 3,000 new jobs to be created

The Hamburg Innovation port is set to add impetus to Channel Hamburg in the district of Harburg, according to an announcement Tuesday (September 13th). Channel Hamburg already has industrial spaces in a traffic-favourable location near high-tech industry, research and technology transfer institutions and provides a creative environment for young founders to work on projects and learn from experts.

Speaking during the presentation of the plans, Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, said: “Hamburg is a recognised technology location where the word, knowledge transfer, no longer has to be spelt out. Another milestone to the senate’s innovation strategy is being added here in Channel Hamburg.”

Professional emphasis

The Hamburg Innovation Port will provide rooms and more services for collaborations between research, founders and start-ups and for companies who are willing to move near the TU Hamburg-Harburg. The institutes of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft as well as TU Hamburg are among the high-tech companies and research institutes already located there.

Apart from infrastructure for congresses and gastronomy, a platform is to be set up for expert discussions, workshops and conferences in commerce and science. The emphasis will be on developing digital technologies for transport systems in shipping, aviation, production and logistics. Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, Chairman of the Managing Board of Hamburg Marketing GmbH, said: “The Hamburg Innovation Port helps us to strengthen the position and profile of Hamburg as an innovative metropolis. It is the ideal enhancement of the planned technology part where research institutes and commerce can link up effectively with each other. We are thereby creating the best conditions in the metropolitan region for highly-qualified people in an attractive work and living environment.“

3,000 new jobs

The HC Hagemann Group is to develop, build and manage buildings with a total floor space of 70,000 square metres. Drafts by the Rotterdam-based MVRDV and the Hamburg-based Hadi Teherani architects won the tender for the project. However, MVRDV’s drafts will function as the master plan as they are highly flexible and can be implemented in several building phases. On completion, the Hamburg Innovation Port will have space for at least 3,000 new jobs in the south of Hamburg.

Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality said. “The future of the location lies in research and innovation as well as good co-operation between science and commerce. Many research institutes that stand for technological innovations are at home here in Harburg. The Hamburg Port Innovation will be enriching for Harburg and the institutes and start-ups located here.”

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