Cottbus is a dynamic city that in the next few years faces wide-ranging structural change from a lignite mining region to an innovation region and that is ready for success. As a regional growth centre, the city is not only a site for education, university and administration, but also the centre for culture and services, economy and innovation as well as mobility and environment.
Cottbus backs digitalisation in all fields of life – apps and municipal online services make processes increasingly easier, faster, and sustainable. Digitalisation projects are being systematically expedited in 7 focus areas: urban development, administration, healthcare, economy, energy, education, and mobility.
The Business Incubation Centre on the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg campus with over 5,000 m² (53,893 sq ft) will open in 2021. 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.
Cottbus wants to transform itself from a lignite region to a region for innovation and aims at using hydrogen as a future energy source. The conversion of the energy system and the establishment of emission-free local transport are the stakeholders’ declared goals. In the Model Region Hydrogen, innovations are being actively pursued well beyond the borders of the City of Cottbus.
Cottbus will soon boast a CO2 neutral harbour district following the creation of the artificial Cottbuser Ostsee lake and Ostsee-lake suburb. Germany's largest man-made body of water promises urban living, working and research at the lake, including sports and leisure facilities.
In line with the forecasts regarding skilled labour development in the care sector, the city government, EGC Wirtschaftsförderung Cottbus and the Carl-Thiem-Klinikum have developed their own concept ‘Model Region Care Cottbus and Lower Lusatia’. It explores ideas for the innovative safeguarding of the skilled labour supply in the region across sectors and disciplines.
Cottbus is striving to establish a state university medical center. The Carl-Thiem-Klinikum is to become a university hospital and a digital lead hospital that will serve as a model for the future. The hospital is to be networked with scientists, regional clinics and physicians in private practice in order to transfer data more quickly in the future.
Space for Growth
As one of only a few German cities, Cottbus still provides affordable space for growth in all fields: there still is sufficient potential available both for industrial settlements and commercial enterprises.
With the Technology and Industrial Park Cottbus (TIP), among others, the business location is growing to become Brandenburg’s largest contiguous industrial site in the best location: over 11,000 m2 (118,403 sq ft) are earmarked for investors, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The TIP Cottbus is in the direct vicinity of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and only 3 km (1.9 mi) north-west of the city centre. The Technologie- und Forschungszentrum Cottbus (TFZ – Technology and Research Centre), established in 2011 on the TIP premises, serves as an ‘incubator’ for the implementation of new ideas and the development of new products.