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Technology and Innovation Park Jena builds new technical center "Lab2fab" for start-ups in Thuringia

The Technology and Innovation Park Jena GmbH (TIP Jena) plans to build a new Technology and Start-up Center on the campus of Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena (Thuringia/Germany). SpectroNets office rooms are also part of that growing and innovating premises. The new building is intended to create more space for start-ups and expand synergies with the FSU Jena's research activities in the field of energy and environmental chemistry. Last week, the Thuringian Minister of Economics and Science, Wolfgang Tiefensee, handed over the grant notice for around 19.1 million euros from the GRW infrastructure funding to TIP Managing Director Randolf Margull.

Fig. 1: starting from the left - Managing Director Randolf Margull with Simone Winter (Team Leader Office Organization) and Gerd Hartmann (Team Leader Facility Management Services); Copyright Tino Zippel

With a new building on the campus of the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in the city center, the TIP now wants to meet the further growing demand and expand the synergies of business and science. "The Jena Technology and Innovation Park has developed into a real success model over the past 30 years. By offering affordable premises, young companies can develop their business ideas into a viable entrepreneurial basis," emphasized Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee. With the new building, even more young, technology-oriented companies will have the opportunity to benefit from this platform. A number of now well-established companies have already started out from here.

TIP Managing Director Randolf Margull emphasizes: "The continuous efforts of the State of Thuringia to strengthen applied research are leading to significantly growing opportunities for newly generated innovation potential. If the framework conditions are right, these innovation potentials can lead to a large number of technology-oriented start-ups. This requires a sufficient supply of flexibly usable office, workshop and laboratory space, ideally in the immediate vicinity of applied research. This is precisely where the new Lab2Fab startup center comes in."

Fig. 2: Floor plan of the technology center "Lab2fab"; Copyright Becker Hoffmann PartG mbH Architekten BDA

A 4,680-square-meter building with six levels is planned, offering laboratory and office space as well as workshop areas for the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, materials science and food chemistry. The workspaces can be flexibly designed to suit the growth of each of the young companies. Small technology-oriented companies can then be provided with premises for five to a maximum of eight years. The new technical center thus creates space for around 15 to 20 start-ups in the initial phase.

Since 1991, the Technology and Innovation Park Jena has provided a home for start-up companies with its premises. It is currently home to 52 companies, which benefit from the favorable rental conditions at the locations close to the University Campus. This offers founders in the early stages the scope to develop viable business models. In 30 years, TIP has helped a total of around 300 companies in this way. Beyond the favorable rental conditions, the TIP is above all a place where science and business work together in practice. The community of innovative start-ups and young companies, research institutions, training providers as well as technology-oriented companies promotes the innovative strength.

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