Press Release: The Potsdam Science Park is already one of the largest locations for science in the capital region. Now it is expanding further. An opportunity for companies and start-ups to locate in Potsdam-Golm – in a vibrant international setting in immediate proximity to cutting-edge international research and university education.
A vibrant place of knowledge.
Press Release – Potsdam, August 17th, 2020 – As the largest and fastest growing location for innovation in the Health Capital Berlin-Brandenburg, the Potsdam Science Park is a vibrant place of world-class international research where university education, research-oriented startups and companies come together. Office and laboratory complexes offer new possibilities for companies from the fields of life science, biotechnology and new materials looking for laboratory facilities in the capital region.
Bernd Rubelt, Potsdam’s Deputy for Urban Development and Economic Affairs, explains: “Our goal is to further develop the Potsdam Science Park into an international innovation and research location. Building on the already available scientific excellence, we want to create a unique and vibrant environment for innovation and cooperation, an ecosystem for successful projects, startups and companies. With projects like this we want to make our region stronger and fit for the future.” Such an ecosystem needs space that fulfils two requirements: opportunity to settle and grow as well as a quality of life that invites you to come and stay. This space is emerging in Potsdam-Golm – for companies and investors, scientists and students alike.
More room for new ideas.
The new lab and office buildings offer project teams and startups rental space for research and development for small-scale as well as temporary use. In autumn 2021, a second Technology and Startup Centre will open its doors and offer startups and companies 6,300 square metres of laboratory and office space with a minimum rental period of one year. Starting in the winter of 2020, 4,600 square metres of space will be available to companies in the new office and laboratory complex right next door. Further expansion and new building projects totalling ca. 30,000 square metres are currently in the planning and preparation stages.
Technology Campus: Progress and participation.
The expansion of the Technology Campus also continues: three hectares of the total area of ten hectares have been placed at the disposal of the University of Potsdam. The new building of the Institute of Computer Science will be completed here by spring 2021. A new research building for the Earth & Environment Centre and the Centre for Natural Products Genomics is already located behind the University Library. Here not only teachers and students of the University of Potsdam will learn and work together, but companies will also be able to hold workshops and continued training courses. The building will also house a drone and 3D laboratory.
The remaining seven hectares offer space for new businesses from Life Science, Biotechnology, New Materials and further areas. The possibilities for division into smaller building plots are suitably flexible: from substantial options for global research companies through individual offers for small and medium-sized high-tech companies to options for research-based service providers, everything is possible.
The New Centre Golm and Golm North: Learning and working together. Living together.
Potsdam-Golm’s transformation into an urban innovation district will be most noticeable in the area of the train station at the centre of the Potsdam Science Park. As part of an integrated urban development concept of the Brandenburg State Capital Potsdam, in the coming years a vibrant district centre will emerge here with high visitor appeal and quality of life, as a meeting place for students, scientists and citizens.
The expansion of the Potsdam Science Park to the north is currently being assessed. Here as well the city is pursuing the approach of a sustainable connection of the Science Park with the Golm district: in addition to further company and research buildings, flats for the growing location as well as forested areas, recreational areas and sports facilities could be planned on the 60-hectare area. The University School is a first idea promoting innovative approaches to teaching and learning research that will have an immediate effect on the quality of life in the district: it is a lighthouse project and an example for living and learning together in Golm.
Investing in the future.
For companies ranging from Life Science through Biotechnology to New Materials, there are good opportunities associated with settling at the Potsdam Science Park. As one of the leading biotechnology locations in Europe, the capital region demonstrates an unparalleled concentration and network of top-level research, business and industry. In Potsdam-Golm companies profit from the proximity to excellent research institutes such as the Fraunhofer and Max Planck Institutes, they gain access to highly qualified specialists such as graduates of the University of Potsdam, and they benefit from an active collaboration and networking culture. The specially created site management promotes this networking and cooperation, and assists internationals through the internationally oriented Welcome Service.
Close to Berlin yet set in green surroundings among lakes and rivers, Potsdam provides a highly liveable environment for researchers, employees and entrepreneurs that is worth investing in.
The projects of the Standortmanagement Golm GmbH at the Potsdam Science Park are co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the state of Brandenburg.
About the Potsdam Science Park
The Potsdam Science Park is one of the largest and most exciting locations for science in the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg. Two Fraunhofer Institutes, three Max Planck Institutes, the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Human Sciences of the University of Potsdam, the Technology and Startup Centre GO:IN with numerous start-ups and companies, as well as the Fraunhofer Conference Center and the Brandenburg Main State Archive are all to be found here on a total area of 60 hectares.
Here world-class international research, university education and research-oriented startups and companies come together to create a community of excellence, with a focus on networking and mutual exchange between the renowned research institutions and innovative companies. The 10-hectare Technology Campus will provide further space for new companies. In the next ten years, 100 small and medium-sized companies as well as anchor companies will locate at the Potsdam Science Park, creating around 1,000 new jobs.
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