About us

Public authorities have joined forces with businesses, chambers of commerce and scientific institutions to form the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion Action Group.

Together we are shaping the development of the region with the aim of strengthening and promoting it as a hub for business, science and innovation. Our focus is very much on the themes of mobility, energy and IT.

The strategic network of business, scientific and public-sector partners enables projects to be initiated on a reality lab scale. The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion acts as a platform, manages the various players and contributes towards co-funding. The results of the cooperation projects are profiled and made visible in the national and international context. In addition, the KRT also plays an active role representing the interests of the region and its players towards decision-makers at federal state, federal government, European and international levels.

As one of Europe’s leading business and innovation regions, it features a healthy mix of multinationals, world leading scientific institutions, SMEs and start-ups, along with a well-balanced cross-section of sectors with a high proportion of next-generation technologies. Business, top-level research and science rub shoulders with culture and lifestyle in a very special way in our region. A wonderful natural landscape with many hours of sunshine coupled with research institutions of world renown, innovative companies, high-calibre cultural facilities and excellent traffic links make the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion a great place to invest, live and work. Just like our motto says: “High Tech meets the Good Life”.


Regional strengths – international competitiveness

With an area of 3,240 square kilometres and around 1.3 million inhabitants, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is one of Europe’s leading business and innovation regions. It features a healthy mix of multinationals, world leading scientific institutions, SMEs and start-ups, along with a well-balanced cross-section of sectors with a high proportion of next-generation technologies.

The economic output of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion has outstripped the national average for many years. And our gross domestic product (2014: €50.3bn) has also been increasing at an above-average rate for the past few years. As of 30 June 2016, the region had a working population of 512,175, around one-third of whom work in technology-intensive industries – more than in virtually any other region in Europe.

There is a wide range of industrial and commercial space available for investors to start building on immediately, ranging from converted space like the Cité in Baden-Baden to the Alter Schlachthof Creative Park and the area to the south of Karlsruhe Central Station. Details of available land and properties can be found in the SIS location information system and the Gewerbeflächenatlas (Commercial Space Atlas) published by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). The location finder, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion’s commercial property web portal, lists and groups properties throughout the entire region by type.