Darmstadt … is a city in the state of Hesse in Germany, located in the southern part of the Rhine-Main-Area (Frankfurt Metropolitan Region). Darmstadt had a population of around 157,437 at the end of 2016. The Darmstadt Larger Urban Zone has 430,993 inhabitants.
Darmstadt holds the official title “City of Science” (German: Wissenschaftsstadt) as it is a major centre of scientific institutions, universities, and high-technology companies. The European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) is located in Darmstadt, as well as GSI Centre for Heavy Ion Research, where several chemical elements … were discovered. … The Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) is an international accelerator facility under construction. Darmstadt is also the seat of the world’s oldest pharmaceutical company, Merck, which is the city’s largest employer.

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Darmstadt ranked third (after Munich and Berlin) out of 50 cities ranked in total as Germany’s leading digital hub and second (after Munich) in the Tech Hub Potential Index as per Deloitte.

Darmstadt ranked no. 1 in the future index of the German city ranking 2018 by IW Consult / Wirtschaftswoche. “Darmstadt remains the high tech center of the Rhine Main Neckar metropolitan region and as in the prior two years is ranked first in the future ranking category.”

SFM Systems GmbH located in Darmstadt and founded out of the Technical University Darmstadt has reached the semifinals of the Hessische Gründerpreis (Hessian Founders Price). It is developing a digital shopfloor management software.

Start-up Xelera Technologies from Darmstadt was awarded the Founder’s Prize at the IFA exhibition in Berlin. The goal of the founders is to accelerate the data processing in data centers by eighty times, consuming one third less power.

FinLab AG and Main Incubator, the research and development unit of Commerzbank, have invested a seven digit figure in the startup Authdata located in Darmstadt. It offers a software for online identification via smartphone and identity card, which e.g. especially relevant for financial institutions.


Darmstadt Business Facts

Co-Working Spaces  / Technology Centers


COWO21 – Coworking Space Darmstadt


The Technology and Innovation Centre (TIZ)

TZ Rhein Main (business and technology park)


ENTEGA Startup Program

ESA Business Incubation Centre

Gründungs-Inkubator h_da

HIPA – Hessian Israeli Partnership Accelerator for Cyber Security

Merck Accelerator

Supporting Institutions / Programs

Chamber of Industry and Commerce Darmstadt


Kompetenznetz Gründungsberatung Darmstadt Rhein Main Neckar


Darmstädter Gründerstammtisch

Darmstädter Startup & Innovation Day

Tag der Gründung

Automatisierungsregion Rhein Main Neckar


TU Darmstadt

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da)

Protestant University of Applied Science Darmstadt

Research Institutes / Centers

Centre of Satellite Navigation Hesse

CRISP – Center for Research in Security and Privacy

ESOC (European Space Operations Centre)/ESA

Eumetsat – gathering accurate and reliable satellite data on weather

FAIR – An International Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research

Fraunhofer Adaptronics Alliance

Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF

Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology

GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research

Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Darmstadt

Julius Kühn-Institut (Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants)

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