“I love innovation” was the slogan for the official opening, in bright sunshine, of the DESY Innovation Village on 14 February 2019 in the presence of DESY’s Board of Directors and representatives of the federal and local Hamburg governments. It will offer DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) startups offices, workshops and laboratory space. The DESY Innovation Village in Hamburg’s Bahrenfeld district currently has about 1000 square metres of floor space.
Innovation and transfer in Science City Bahrenfeld
“The DESY Innovation Village is one of our central means to advance innovation, new ideas and the transfer of knowledge and technology on the campus. It demonstrates that these issues have been a focus of DESY’s efforts in recent years,” says Helmut Dosch, the chairman of DESY’s Board of Directors. He adds that “on top of this, opening the DESY Innovation Village is a first building block, which is moving the aspect of innovation and transfer forward within the overall concept of Science City Bahrenfeld.”
“The DESY Innovation Village is an important pillar of our innovation strategy; this is where you can see the innovative impact of fundamental research,” adds Arik Willner, DESY’s CTO and representative for innovation. “It’s incredibly important to us to have created a good working environment for the successful growth of our startups and that we’re continuing to expand and consolidate the ecosystem for them.” The host said with a smile that they were already looking forward to the “Village People” moving in.
Innovation Centre and Technology and Founders’ Centre planned
In addition to the DESY Innovation Village, two other buildings for startups and innovative projects will also be going up over the coming years: the Innovation Centre and the Technology and Founders’ Centre. Until they have been completed, the DESY Innovation Village will primarily be used by DESY startups. In the long run, additional innovation activities at DESY are to find a home here, such as teams working on validation projects and employees in the run-up to starting their own companies.
The planned Innovation Centre is a joint project between DESY, the university and the city of Hamburg. Construction work on the building on Luruper Chaussee is due to begin in the spring of 2019.
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