From 2021, start-ups and entrepreneurs with (high-)tech competences will be able to access 5,500 m² (59,200 sq ft) of offices, workshops, communal spaces and meeting rooms at the Business Incubation Centre on the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg campus. It will provide entrepreneurial opportunities for business founders and start-ups and offers the incentive to develop ideas to market maturity on site and to successfully manage businesses on a permanent basis.
At the premises, start-up teams and young, innovative enterprises can fully focus on their product and business development.
At the Business Incubation Centre on Campus, start-ups are given the opportunity of networking with potential industry users as well as strategic and financial partners. EGC Wirtschaftsförderung Cottbus operates the Business Incubation Centre and, with its community and event managers, is the first point of contact for questions and requests. In addition to cooperation impulses, start-up teams receive detailed support from the Cottbus university’s start-up service (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg) that can range from coaching and federal funding to patents. Ideas with a start-up spirit eligible for grants are financially launched by the State of Brandenburg’s Investment Bank and others.
Other important contacts such as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Chamber of Crafts likewise provide advice and support for start-ups. Last, but not least, cooperations with solicitors, notaries and other consultants provide individual services for start-ups at the Business Incubation Centre on Campus.
Cottbus is on its way of becoming a STEM start-up region, offering the opportunity of matches for entrepreneurs, start-ups, creative professionals, employees from research facilities and institutions, students, business angels and apprentices/pupils.
At the new Business Incubation Centre on Campus, a ‘start-up ecosystem’ will be established on 5,000 m² (53,893 sq ft) as a nucleus of future urban development. Project partners include the City of Cottbus, the municipal economic promotion agency as the centre’s operator, Gebäudewirtschaft Cottbus as the property owner, the Brandenburg University of Technology as transfer and coaching partner, and the State of Brandenburg’s Investment Bank as funding body.