Insights into the Karlsruhe Start-up Scene

GIZ delegation trip takes visitors to Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe regularly attracts international delegations as a hotspot for innovations. There was again a high-ranking GIZ delegation with Indian participants in the fan shaped city, supervised by the experts from the “India Board Karlsruhe” and the Economic Development Department.

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Visiting the incubation center "Perfekt Futur"  Photo:

The participants also found out about the incubation center "Perfekt Futur" and "FUX", the newly opened incubator for young entrepreneurs who have successfully passed the start-up phase. "In the middle of the city's creative center," explained Dirk Metzger from the "K³ Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaftsbüro": "New ideas are required here!"

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Discussions among the participants Photo:

The urban funding creates a good growth climate for companies and start-ups - in an appealing environment, a "good community", says Manjari Desia, director of the "Maharatta Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture" in Pune: "With a great and inspiring mix of offers - also easy to reach. "

Simone Pflieger from Economic Development Department Karlsruhe  Photo:
Simone Pflieger from Economic Development Department Karlsruhe Photo:

Especially against the background of the well networked "India Board" in Karlsruhe, business development enables young companies to also look at India.

Whether mobility, urban development, artificial intelligence, energy or robotics: "We have similar challenges," emphasized Deputy Director Rakesh Kumar from the Indian Ministry for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises: "It is about the appropriate support - whether at the administrative level or in the technical area, especially when it comes to internationalization."

Iris Becker, Let's Bridge IT and Head of the Karlsruhe office in Pune, joined  Photo:
Iris Becker, Let's Bridge IT and Head of the Karlsruhe office in Pune, joined the visiting
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For the technical consultants, directors from the Office for Development or company founders, an exchange with representatives of the Karlsruhe Economic Development Department, founder alliance, "G-Lab", "Pioniergarage", "First Momentum" and "Nacona-Filmproduktion" was also "best practice" Example, on the agenda, which was about promoting start-ups and the corresponding start-up aid.

During the Karlsruhe visit end of 2029, the delegation also visited "Cyberforum", the "FZI", "smartivate", an Indo-German start-up that deals with a configurator for smart home solutions, and "INERATEC", the winner of the "German Entrepreneur Award 2018".

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Dirk Metzger from the "K³ Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaftsbüro" Photo:


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Getting started in Karlsruhe  Photo:


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Anlaufstelle in Pune


Die Kooperation zwischen Karlsruhe und dem indischen Pune ist einen Schritt weiter: Im Januar 2014 wurde im "MCCIA Trade Tower", 403, Senapati Bapat Road, eine direkte Karlsruher Anlaufstelle mit den Repräsentantinnen Iris Becker und Winnie Kulkarni von "Let's Bridge IT" in Pune eröffnet.

Durch Erfolg und Ausbau der vielfältigen Aktivitäten - ob Infos rund um den Standort Karlsruhe, aktiv Kontakte zu indischen Firmen halten oder deutsche Firmen aus der TRK in und um Pune bekannter machen - erfolgte im März 2018 ein Umzug in neue Räumlichkeiten, auch durch die Erweiterung um die Repräsentanz des Landes Baden-Württembergs in Maharashtra sowie das Marketingbüro der „Hochschul Föderation Südwest“. 


Karlsruhe Cooperation & Marketing Office
Let's bridge IT, Ms. Iris Becker
9th Floor, Sunit Capital, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411016
Tel: +91 75 0782 7033