Bautzen Innovation Centre (DE)


Since 1990 thegovernment authorities in Saxony have made considerable efforts to promote high-tech business start-ups. One policy in achieving this goal has been a development of innovation centres. Now there are 20 innovation centres in Saxony. Bautzen Innovation Centre was established in 1995 on an old industrial site. Until 1990 two thousand employees manufactured lorries there, especially for the armies in Eastern Europe, production which has now ceased.


TGZ Bautzen is a not-for-profit organisation, the shareholders being the town of Bautzen, the district of Bautzen and Bautzen Savings Bank. We work with our own management to run the innovation centre and to carry out projects promoting regional economic development including local networks. Bautzen Innovation Centre has essentially three key strategic objectives:

·                                  Support of start-ups and incubation

·                                  Technology transfer and innovation support

·                                  Regional economic development


TGZ Bautzen offers flexible accommodation of a high standard. Three buildings have been designed for multiple occupancy. We provide 10,000 square metres total floor space for start-ups and technology-based companies. Helping new businesses to start, grow and succeed is a major priority for us. The management of TGZ Bautzen has a lot of experience in assisting the development of innovative industrial or industrial service enterprises. During the last 15 years we have more than 80 enterprises based in our buildings creating about 500 brand-new jobs, most of them in the IT service sector.

About region: 

Saxony is a European region in Germany with about 4.3 Million inhabitants. The Free State of Saxony is one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is located in the south-east of Germany with the border to Poland and the Czech Republic. The eastern part of Saxony is called Oberlausitz (Upper Lusatia), an area of 4.500 square kilometres with about 665,000 inhabitants. The area of Upper Lusatia is a triangle formed by the borders between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, with Bautzen – a town with one thousand years of history – located in the centre of this region. Now, after the enlargement of the European Union we are able to say: Upper Lusatia is at the heart of Central Europe.

There is a long entrepreneurial tradition in Saxony. 200 years ago, especially in the eastern part of Saxony, textile manufacturing started to grow. Mechanical engineering followed in the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century typical products of the classic old economy like bicycles, cars and trains were made in eastern Saxony. After the Second World War East Germany’s private industry was nationalized. When Germany was reunited in 1989, big industrial units were divided into Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and a new economy had to rebuild.

Website: www.tgz-bautzen.de


Bautzen Innovation Centre
Preuschwitzer Straße 20
D-02625 Bautzen 
Tel.: +49 3591 380-2020 
Fax: +49 3591 380-2021