Seven shareholders form the basis for the 5-HT Digital Hub Chemistry & Health. Together with the sponsors, they initiate projects in the network, promote cooperation between the players and thus ensure a dynamic innovation culture in the hub. The network also includes a constantly growing number of startups and mentors as well as established companies, institutions and partner hubs.


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“For BASF, supporting digital innovation in the chemical industry is a matter of strategic importance. The Digital Hub Mannheim/Ludwigshafen Chemistry & Health offers us the ideal platform for connecting BASF with partners from industry, universities and startups and developing value-adding innovation. Thanks to its national and international networks, it also enhances the attractiveness of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area when it comes to digitalisation.”

Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel CFO, BASF SE

“Innovation always succeeds when as many different ideas and perspectives as possible flow into the solutions in a networked development process. The Digital Hub Mannheim/Ludwigshafen Chemistry & Health offers us the perfect forum for implementing innovative projects with startups or universities alongside partners from the chemical and healthcare sectors. Not only does this generate relevant and economically viable innovation, it also benefits all those involved in the mutual transfer of knowledge and the open exchange culture in the hub.”

Luka Mucic CFO, SAP SE

“The Digital Hub Mannheim/Ludwigshafen Chemistry & Health is intended to become a platform and motor of new digital applications, processes and business models in the chemical industry with a regional focus. For us it is the ideal creative and technical environment in which to bring forward our new software and data-driven product and application ideas.”

Dr.-Ing. Gunther Kegel CEO, Pepperl+Fuchs AG

“The Digital Hub Mannheim/Ludwigshafen Chemistry & Health underlines the economic and scientific strength and the innovative capacity of the Rhine-Neckar region in the chemical and healthcare sectors. The hub creates ideal conditions for linking technological and business experience together and bringing new digital business models and packages to market readiness.”

Dr. Christine Brockmann Managing director, Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar GmbH

“The provision of support for innovation in medical technology is a key strategic element of the Mannheim startup eco-system. That makes the Digital Hub Mannheim/Ludwigshafen Chemistry & Health an important multiplier – but also a central partner and stakeholder. Together we can achieve greater visibility and relevance and hence an international profile. This made it vital for us to become a shareholder of the Digital Hub.”

Christian Sommer Managing director, mg:mannheimer gründungszentrum gmbh

“Digital processes are already being used across industries today, and that will continue in the future. Interdisciplinarity and cooperation are at the very top of our priorities in the innovation process. The Heidelberg Technology Park has been successfully connecting academia and industry in the high-tech sector and supporting entrepreneurs since 1984. We want to continue this tradition with strong partners in the Digital Hub Mannheim/Ludwigshafen Chemistry & Health.”

Dr. André Domin CEO, Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH

“As a first port of call for technology-oriented entrepreneurs and startups, TZL collaborates intensively with the Digital Hub Mannheim/Ludwigshafen Chemistry & Health. Our objective is to support and network the new businesses even more effectively, initiating exchange and cooperation between the relevant stakeholders – and across different fields of technology – in order to make better use of innovation potential. Together we want to play a key role in creating and retaining viable businesses and jobs going forward.”

Michael Hanf Managing director, TZL – TechnologieZentrum Ludwigshafen am Rhein GmbH, Regional Innovation Centre Ludwigshafen




The de:hub initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy links up corporates, startups, investment partners and research institutions at twelve centres of excellence across Germany.

The umbrella organisation is the national Hub Agency de:hub, based in Berlin. It coordinates cooperation between the individual Digital Hubs and liaises directly with the federal government. The relevant hubs are also advertised selectively and marketed worldwide in conjunction with Germany Trade and Invest, the export trade and location marketing organisation. The aim is to make the centres of excellence attractive for investors and businesses at international level.

Each of the twelve Digital Hubs across Germany focuses on a specific field. From Artificial Intelligence through New Mobility to Logistics, the markets of the future are explored and developed in fine detail. This specialisation simplifies targeted cooperation and allows the creation of business models that are characterised by an agile innovation culture and by which the locations can develop into global hotspots of digitalisation.


More about the national Hub Agency de:hub and the other Digital Hubs can be found at

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