The IT industry in the Leipzig Region

The digital industry is growing rapidly in the Leipzig Region. As a result, information technology has developed into one of the Leipzig Region’s primary industries.
Within just ten years, more than 500 new IT companies have established their businesses in the Leipzig Region. This phenomenal growth makes the information and communication technology sector the most flourishing economic sector in the Leipzig metropolitan area.

The transformative power of digital technologies offers many possibilities and the IT industry in Central Germany provides the skills and resources needed to succeed. Central topics and growth drivers of the IT industry such as digital transformation, cyber security, big data and artificial intelligence are among the most important innovation drivers in the Leipzig Region.

Numerous companies of distinction such as Appsfactory, T-Systems MMS, SoftwareONE, ipoque – a Rohde & Schwartz company, Mercateo, adesso, CHECK 24 – Germany’s most popular comparison site, and the E-commerce pioneer Spreadshirt, underline the Leipzig Region’s status as one of Germany’s top IT locations.

The IT sector in the Leipzig Region includes 8 dynamic sub-sectors:

  1. Software Asset Management
  2. E-Commerce / Digital Agencies
  3. Software development
  4. Travel & Comparison Sites
  5. IT solutions for logistics and mobility
  6. AI & Big Data
  7. Cybersecurity
  8. E-Health

The Leipzig Region provides the perfect conditions for successful IT business growth through a rich talent pool, inexpensive office space in a prime location and a young, international environment.

14,700

Employees

1,200+ Companies

in the region

4,200+ Students

*winter semester 2019/2020

71,600 m² available

office space in a central location

IT research partners in the Leipzig Region

The wide range of research institutions in and around the Leipzig Region equips our IT sector for the future.

The ScaDS.AI (Center for Scalable Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence), the national and interdisciplinary centre of excellence for artificial intelligence, has been based in the Leipzig Region since 2014.

The Institute for Applied Informatics InfAI in Leipzig has been advising companies on their digitalisation and researching application-oriented IT and communication solutions at the interface to the economy since 2006. Since 2016, InfAI has also been helping ICT companies move from research to reality with its incubator.

The interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Leipzig ICCAS – Innovation Centre for Computer-Assisted Surgery – was also founded in the Leipzig Region back in 2005. A new €50M AI data centre (KIRZL) will be built at the university by 2026.

IT industry events in the Leipzig Region

Once a year, Europe’s biggest hacker conference, the Chaos Communication Congress, brings together the top league of European ICT specialists at the Leipzig Exhibition Center.

Events such as Business Digital are dedicated to the potential and challenges of digitisation for medium-sized businesses in central Germany.

IT business networks in the Leipzig Region

With an enormous wealth of industry-specific networks, the Leipzig Region offers the perfect infrastructure for IT companies.

The IT Cluster of Central Germany – the sector network of the IT industry in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia – and Europe’s largest online trade association and the Dealers Association are based here in the Leipzig Region.

While the Software Forum in Leipzig shines with top-class networking events, the AI Hub Saxony brings together competencies from science and business and allows artificial intelligence to blossom in companies, research institutions and public administration.

The Leipzig Region’s importance as a national and international IT centre has been reinforced since 2017 by its role as a Digital Hub of the Federal Ministry of Economics focusing on energy, smart city and e-health. In addition, numerous incubators, multipliers and co-working spaces in the region serve as fertile ground for tech start-ups.

IT education & employment in the Leipzig Region

Every year, renowned regional universities such as the University of Leipzig and the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) send over 750 first-class graduates in computer science and business informatics into the job market.

With the help of our strong networking among industry-specific recruitment agencies and in the regional university landscape, we successfully bring your IT company together with these and other professionals through events and company contact fairs.

Leipzig Region

Space to grow your mobility business in a perfect location

The Leipzig region is unique in Germany and Europe in that it combines the best location qualities with a wide range of attractive sites. There is a close intermeshing of living and working, city and countryside within the business location, expressed in lively flowing commuter traffic. Furthermore, a unique, excellent trimodal infrastructure in the centre of Europe offers perfect logistics conditions. This infrastructure includes the international Leipzig/Halle airport with its round-the-clock cargo loading and freight centre and an excellently developed road and rail network. Added to this is a sustainable supply of skilled workers around one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Living in the Leipzig Region

Leipzig is often called “the new Berlin” and is the perfect location for IT experts of all ages and backgrounds. With great public transport around the region as well as cyclist-friendly traffic layouts, the daily commute is easy and enjoyable. If people want to travel further, Leipzig is located at a junction for major railway lines across the country, with the international Leipzig/Halle airport only 30 minutes from the city centre.

The cost of living is almost half of what it is in Berlin with low crime rates so you can feel safe wherever you live. The Leipzig Region also has a range of facilities for all ages including multi-lingual schools, parks, zoos, opera houses, sports venues and plenty of nightlife.

Relocation services for your IT business

Invest Region Leipzig is a unique partner in Germany for companies looking to relocate or start a business in the region.

We’re here to help you throughout your whole relocation journey including:

  • Searching for suitable space
  • Identifying skilled workers
  • Connecting you with business partners
  • Providing tailored confidential information to support your IT business relocation
  • Researching cluster infrastructure
  • Helping you with funding opportunities

Moreover, thanks to our free of charge soft-landing programme, nowhere in Germany is easier to invest in as the Leipzig Region.

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Xitaso choose Leipzig for new branch office location

“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…” Steven Ponndorf, site manager, Xitaso

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