Innovation Agency chooses Leipzig as its location

Leipzig wins location bid for Agentur für Sprunginnovationen! Leipzig distinguished itself from other large cities such as Potsdam, Karlsruhe, Cologne and Dortmund primarily through its position as a beacon of innovation.

During a comprehensive location analysis, a delegation managed by the agency’s founding director, Rafael Laguna de la Vera, visited Leipzig and was impressed by the city’s high potential for innovation, which in the end is what lead them to choose Leipzig. “This decision, 30 years after the peaceful revolution, is also a political signal. For me personally, things come full-circle here: 45 years after I left the former GDR, I can now help to harness and strengthen the enormous spirit of optimism in Leipzig,” said Rafael Laguna de la Vera to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Thanks to the excellent collaboration between the State Chancellery of Saxony, the Office for Economic Development of the City of Leipzig, Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen (Saxony Economic Development Corporation), and Invest Region Leipzig GmbH, Agentur für Sprunginnovationen was convinced to move to Leipzig. “We are very pleased that we were able to support this important establishment in Leipzig and would like to welcome the Agentur für Sprunginnovationen!” said Michael Körner, Managing Director.

The agency aims to promote cutting-edge innovations in science, research and business to create successful ideas, products and thus jobs. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has announced that the agency will initially be planned as an experimental project for a limited period of ten years. The total funding requirement for this period is expected to be around one billion euros.

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Dr. Marco Peisker, Site manager, adesso SE

"The city has seen fantastic development over the last few years. We wanted to be closer to our regional partners and customers. It's easier to forge closer relationships with companies when you're there"

Shwet Sabharwal, Branch Manager Leipzig Tech Mahindra

"I strongly recommend the soft-landing approach from Invest Region Leipzig because of it’s numerous advantages for every company planning to set up business in the Leipzig region."

Tobias Drechsel, CEO Thinkport GmbH

"We are glad to have taken this step and gone to Leipzig to be able to further develop Thinkport ... Invest Region Leipzig made it extremely easy for us to get started in Leipzig. Especially the personal support and the prepared information about the location helped us to get an overview. I can really recommend to contact IRL if an expansion to Leipzig is in question."

Ingmar Bergmann, Regional Manager Region East

"A high potential of skilled workers, especially due to the universities and colleges in the Saxon region, was an advantage for us. In addition, there is a good investment climate for medium-sized companies, here through the support of the SAB, which helped us a lot ... The discussions and advice provided by Invest Region Leipzig GmbH have also supported us."

Eileen Walther, Country Manager Germany, NORTHWAVE Intelligent Security Operations

"The city is very centrally located. Since we operate throughout Germany, proximity was a crucial factor. Leipzig is very well connected in terms of infrastructure. It is a liveable, beautiful city and therefore an attraction for talented employees."

Steven Ponndorf, site manager, Xitaso

“The support we received from Invest Region Leipzig GmbH, was extremely helpful because we were not in Leipzig at the time we were seeking a new location and had little knowledge of the region apart from visiting the city. The cooperation with Invest Region Leipzig helped us a lot…”

Daniel Schwemmer, Sales Manager, Flexfab

“The professional appearance of the IRL encouraged us in our decision to choose Leipzig. The service is free, the way of working is very structured, you can tell immediately that this is not the first time IRL has done this. It all makes sense. IRL organised the visits for interesting properties.”