Regional ecosystem for startups
Active and lively in the Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar.
The startup ecosystem in the Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar is active and specialized in the fields of digital health and digital chemistry. In addition to the 5-HT Digital Hub, several other networks, startup centers and accelerators actively support and advise startups and new companies in the region.
Corporate & Investment Partners
In addition to startup support partners and events, companies and investors in the Rhine-Neckar region are also willing to cooperate with startups. Many of the largest German companies from the chemical and life sciences sectors as well as companies from the strong German SME sector are based in the Rhine-Neckar region. Research shows that 62 % of regional startups willing to cooperate work with established companies. Another 16 % of these startups work with strategic investors instead of companies.
Also at 5-HT we can help you connect with your potential future German customers & collaboration partners. For startups in our network, we can organize corporate feedback sessions and other connections with our partners.
Founders and young companies need a network. In the Rhine-Neckar region, many events are planned each year where you can network and meet the people who will help your company move forward. Below, you will find an overview of some partners and events in the region per industry.
- Life Science Accelerator BW
- BioRN Lounge
- BioRN Espresso
- BioRN Annual Conference
- Inspire program
- Pilot Incubator
- Insuring Digital Health
- Mannheim Conference on Energy and the Environment
Municipal Startup Partner
Several partners of 5-HT offer (free) consultations for startups on a variety of topics related to starting and running your business. These partners are located in the main cities of the region, i.e. Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg.
In addition, local chambers of commerce and industry offer free information and advice on:
- Legal and tax consultating
- CE certification
- Technology transfer and IP
- Funding programs
You can find more information about the advisory services offered by the chambers of industry and commerce on their websites: rhein-neckar.ihk24.de and pfalz.ihk24.de. Here it is also possible to register directly for a consultation event.
Startup partner in Mannheim
At STARTUP MANNHEIM you can get individual advice from several experts on what to consider when setting up a company in the region. An association of partners in Mannheim offers vouchers for a free consultation for certain target groups.
Focus on medical technology
There is a large funding infrastructure in Mannheim especially for startups in the field of medical technology. Programs and centers within this infrastructure include:
- Startup Center for Medical Technologies CUBEX41 and Business Development Center CUBEX ONE
- Mannheim Medical Technology Cluster
- Mannheim Medical Technology Campus
- Clinical validation capabilities in the Hybrid OP and INSPIRE platform
- Application Center for Intelligent Machines in Medical Technology (ANIMMED)
- Maximum care hospital University Medicine Mannheim, where CUBEX41 is located
- Life Science Accelerator Baden-Württemberg
- Expert panel offers advisors with decades of experience for every step of a medtech company`s development
- Ready to go sales office Ready to go sales office to keep fixed costs low at the beginning
- Simulation centers (without Hybrid-OP @ CUBEX41)
- Fraunhofer Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology
- Forschungscampus Mannheim Molecular Intervention Environment (M²OLIE)
- Institute for Medical Technology at the University of Heidelberg and the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences
- FH Impulse research association M2Aind
- CeMOS – Center for Mass Spectrometry and Optical Spectroscopy
- BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG Coordination Office for Telemedicine (KTBW)
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