IT location with strong growth: Leipzig region

The digital industry has discovered Leipzig as a growth location. Over the past 10 years, more than 500 information technology companies have come to the commercial city. “Why the Leipzig region could become your future IT location?!” was the topic of our online event at the end of May 2021 together with Thinkport GmbH. In the conversation, Florian Foege from Invest Region Leipzig GmbH explained which advantages lead to the IT sector currently being the strongest growing sector in Leipzig.

The attraction is based, on the one hand, on the fact that the location has the know-how to offer at various levels: Here, the various IT competence centres such as the InfAI or the ScaDS.AI meet the experiential knowledge of a broad university landscape such as the University of Leipzig or the HTWK Leipzig.

Numerous companies such as Jambit, Mercateo or adesso have taken advantage of the ideal location conditions and settled in the trade fair city. In addition, networks such as the Cluster IT Mitteldeutschland, the Händlerbund or the Software Foren Leipzig ensure that all players are connected. Leipzig’s excellent infrastructure and central location in Central Germany also contribute to its attractiveness as a business location. For companies, proximity to customers and fast connections are crucial. The nearly 1240 IT companies currently based in Leipzig benefit not only from the good skilled labour situation with, for example, more than 4,000 students and trainees in the IT sector and approximately 755 IT graduates per year but also from the attractive living conditions in the city, which attracts people and (almost) does not let them leave.

One company that has chosen the Leipzig region is Thinkport GmbH. In an online conversation with Florian Foege, Tobias Drechsel, CEO of Thinkport GmbH, and Philipp D’Angelo, Leipzig Branch Manager, explain which decisions were decisive for Leipzig.

Founded in 2018 in Frankfurt a.M., Thinkport GmbH is a fast-growing IT consulting company specializing in cloud technology. In September 2020, the company’s second location was opened in Leipzig: “We are glad to have taken this step and gone to Leipzig to be able to further develop Thinkport,” says Tobias Drechsel. He tells us that originally it was considered to go to Munich. The choice then fell on Leipzig, the points skilled workers and the geographically attractive location were decisive. In addition, the city is constantly on the move: “Leipzig is a very up-and-coming city. A lot has changed here in recent years. That simply suits Thinkport. We are a company that is constantly trying to reinvent itself and evolve. We also needed two components – customer projects on the one hand and the appropriate employees on the other. Leipzig has both,” he explains.

“Sure, there were a lot of uncertainties at the beginning,” recalls Philipp D’Angelo, who started from scratch as branch manager in Leipzig. “But we were able to do a lot of trial and error,” he says. The company started at the site with its work in the CoWorking space to first arrive and find out whether the decision to come to Leipzig was a good fit at all. “After the first few hires, the uncertainty has subsided and we’re excited to see what happens next in Leipzig,” Philipp D’Angelo smiles.

Networking and visibility in the region are important issues for companies – once in the search for skilled workers as well as in the acquisition of new customers. Thinkport has made use of these contacts. Leipzig, with its large number of associations that have a strong IT focus and are very well networked, offers a major advantage here for companies that are new arrivals. “We got off to a very good start in Leipzig and are now a team of eight people. We can imagine growing even further,” explains Tobias Drechsel. They have no regrets about moving to Leipzig: “It was absolutely the right decision. We found a great team, in a great city, ideal to work in the coworking space. There are many universities and therefore a very young spirit, which simply suits us.”

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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.”