• Photo: Andreas Herrmann
    Photo: Andreas Herrmann

     

    A location for the alert. The right location for you.

    The Technology Region Aachen offers a unique combination of high technology – with university and private research – and production know-how. Its international flair is immense – from the International Charlemagne Prize to the World Equestrian Festival – and yet it still has endearingly strong local roots and traditions. It is a lively corporate landscape with one of the best market geographies in Europe. AGIT promotes and develops this Technology Region and is the partner for international, national and regional enterprises when it comes to finding the ideal location.

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    The economy needs technology and technology needs the economy.

    As simple as it may sound, this correlation plays a decisive role in the growth of an entire region. Here in Aachen we are the partner for business enterprises opening doors for them and making the Technology Region Aachen more transparent. Whether it’s about setting up a company here, finding innovation partners or the targeted promotion of economically sound projects, AGIT is the Development Agency for the Aachen Region and your partner for business.

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    Starting up with technology. The innovative power of new business enterprises.

    A Technology Region does not just appear out of thin air. Nor can it hold its own without using the power of new technological ideas, the latest findings from the field of science and research or new processes as the basis for establishing new companies. And exactly that is what is so special about the Aachen Region. Here – with our help – science can become business. AGIT specialises in providing support for technology-oriented start-up companies.

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  • Technology Region Aachen
    • OverviewTechnology Region Aachen: Overview, facts and figures.
      • Position in the heart of EuropePositioned in the heart of Europe the Technology Region Aachen offers business enterprises and investors the best possible conditions.
      • Quick access and good connectionsWith excellent connections to five motorways and as a part of the European high-speed rail network the European metropolitan cities are never far away for the Technology Region Aachen.
      • Three countries – one economic areaBeing so close to the Netherlands and Belgium, the Technology Region Aachen has become a cross-border economic area.
      • The Technology Region Aachen in detailThe Aachen Region comprises the CityRegion Aachen, the City of Aachen and the Districts of Düren, Euskirchen and Heinsberg.
        • City of Aachen
        • CityRegion AachenThe CityRegion Aachen is home to almost as many people as Frankfurt am Main and it has more students than Harvard University. There are more business enterprises located here than in Zurich.
        • District of DürenA special feature of the District of Düren is its excellent transport connections to national and international economic centres by road and rail. It also has a distinct innovative strength with the...
        • District of HeinsbergThe District of Heinsberg is the westernmost region in Germany. Its geographic position combines two important qualities for business location: on the one hand its proximity to the bordering Dutch...
        • District of EuskirchenFrom the District of Euskirchen the economic centres of the Aachen, Cologne and Bonn regions can be easily reached via an excellent motorway network. Cologne Bonn Airport is only half an hour’s drive...
    • Sector profile
    • Unique Characteristics
      • Universities and researchThe universities in Aachen and Jülich are something of a flagship for the Technology Region Aachen and have an enormous impact on the image of the economic area. The cooperation and team play between...
        • RWTH Aachen University31,200 students in 262 institutes with more than 5,000 students from abroad: every year approx. 3,000 students graduate from the University. RWTH Aachen University is the only “University of...
        • RWTH Aachen University CampusThe next few years will see the RWTH Aachen University Campus developing into one of largest research landscapes in Europe. Within 19 integrative and interdisciplinary research clusters, which will...
        • Aachen University of Applied SciencesThe special feature of Aachen University of Applied Sciences is a practical approach to teaching and research. Its close cooperation with regional and international enterprises and its renowned...
        • Jülich Research CentreWith a staff of some 4,600 the Jülich Research Centre is one of the largest interdisciplinary research centres in all of Europe. Here authorities in edge-cutting research address current issues and...
        • Entrepreneurial research centresConvinced of the excellent quality offered by the local Technology and Research Region, numerous corporate enterprises of international renown have decided to concentrate some of their research...
      • Technology TransferNowadays the term "Technology Transfer" is primarily associated with the transfer of innovative, technological knowledge from public research institutions to the business world. For small and...
    • Quality of lifeQuality of life, Technology Region, Aachen
      • CultureIt is not only the City of Aachen that has a lot to offer culture-wise, the Districts also have their attractions. whether it’s theatre, concerts or museums. When it comes to culture the Aachen...
        • Aachen Cathedral and Town HallAachen Cathedral was the first building to be awarded the distinction of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in Germany. Not only was it the Coronation Church of German kings, it is also the burial...
        • MuseumsThe Aachen Region also has a multitude of interesting museums which make a valuable contribution to the diversified cultural image of the Euregio.
        • TheatreOne of the most famous theatres in the Region is certainly the Aachen Theatre, which not only presents stage plays, but also opera, operetta and musicals.
        • Fountains, springs and castlesOn a walk through the Aachen Region you will come across numerous castles, fountains and springs, which add even more to the attraction of the Region.
      • Enjoy the countrysideThe countryside of the Aachen Region has a special charm in its versatility. The south has the highlands of the Eifel and the moor landscape of the Hohes Venn.
        • EifelThe Eifel, situated in the south of the Aachen Region, is with its richly diverse landscape a very popular destination for day trips.
        • IndelandIndeland is a cooperation project that was started in 2008 under the auspices of the EuRegionale between the District of Düren, the towns Eschweiler, Jülich, Linnich, the local communities...
        • GrünmetropoleThe Grünmetropole [Green Metropolis] covers an area of almost 2,000 km² in the border triangle area from Beringen in Belgian Limburg via Heerlen in Dutch Limburg to Düren on the German side.
        • PferdelandparkThe "Pferdelandpark" is a cooperation project that was started in 2008 under the auspices of the EuRegionale to secure the local landscape as a recreational area for the future.
      • Events
        • CHIO – Aachen and HorsesCHIO Aachen, the "World Equestrian Championships" is the world’s major equestrian event. Every year this event attracts hundreds of thousands of horse lovers and riding enthusiasts to the Soers where...
        • International Charlemagne Prize of AachenEvery year since 1950 the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen has been awarded to outstanding individuals or institutions in honour of their distinguished service to the notion of Europe and...
        • Öcher Bend and Dürener Anna-KirmesIn spring and summer the traditional Aachen fun fair "Öcher Bend" opens its doors much to the delight of visitors from near and far. The attractions are well loved by all in the neighbouring border...
        • Rursee in Flames and Firework Display in JülichWhen the annual dazzling firework display starts in Rurberg und Woffelsbach thousands of spectators on decorated pleasure boats on the Rursee and along the shores of the lake enjoy the magic of the...
        • Music eventsAachen September Special, Eschweiler Musik Festival, Open Air Klassik Burg Monschau, Dürener Jazztage, Festspiele Burg Nideggen
        • Christmas markets in the RegionDuring the winter months many parts of the Aachen Region are transformed into a magical winter wonderland.
      • Typical for the Aachen Region
        • Small big cityAnother typical characteristic of Aachen is that, although with its international flair it appears to be a big city, it is actually relatively small with only 258,664 inhabitants.
        • LeckerThe Aachen Region has much more to offer than the famous gingerbread speciality, Aachener Printen, that is much loved by the locals and visitors from all over the world.
        • Weather Tower AachenAachen has the reputation of often being a bit rainy, so that is why the city has a special kind of weather forecast. On the roof of one of the buildings next to the main railway station a weather...
        • Special Aachen GreetingThe ‘Klenkes’, a raised pinky finger, is the identification logo of Aachen and a way of greeting fellow Aacheners.
        • Öcher PlattÖcher Platt is the dialect spoken by the old-stock locals.
        • Oche Alaaf!Carnival in Aachen: a time to be “jeck” – a word (pronounced “yeck”) almost beyond any translation, but getting close to crazy...
  • For business enterprises
    • Investor support and assistance
      • New in the Region?Our compact welcome package is specifically designed for the people who don’t yet know their way around in the Aachen Region. So why not make the most of the services offered in our welcome package...
      • An effective networkThanks to our many years’ experience with established partners in the Region we can offer you an effective service that suits your needs. AGIT has a close working relationship with our economic...
      • Aachen-China OfficeThe cities Aachen and Ningbo have been partner towns for 25 years. In order to make it easier for Chinese companies to establish themselves in the Aachen Region we have representatives of the Region...
    • Finding locations
      • Commercial propertyThe industrial site selection system for the Technology Aachen Region – GISTRA offers access to precise information on industrial sites available in the Aachen Region, free of charge and absolutely...
      • Using technology centres
    • Promoting Innovation and Growth
      • Protecting ideasNew products, processes and services ensure long durability and competitiveness of your company or start-up. However, often new ideas and developments are on a legal basis not sufficiently protected...
        • Patent Promotion: SIGNO-SME Patent CampaignSmall and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups can with our help acquire development funding for the preparation and registration of intellectual property rights (patents or registered...
        • Patent Consultation DaysYour company wants to develop new fields of business by introducing innovative products or processes, or you are the inventor of a high-quality innovation and you are unsure what to do now? Maybe...
        • Aachen Innovation DayAt the end of every year "Aachen Innovation Day" is a rendezvous for experts from patenting, SIGNO partners, inventors and innovative SMEs.
      • Financing and managing innovation processesSmall and medium-sized enterprises can receive external funding for professional support in the development and realisation of their innovation project.
        • Special support programmesIf you are looking for funding for expanding your business enterprise there are special programmes for existing companies. With a view to your growth, these finance for instance investments in fixed...
      • Finding partnersIf you are currently working on the development of a new technology or a new product and are looking specifically for a partner to further your innovation we can help you to find the right partner in...
  • For start-ups
  • Technology Centres Aachen
    • TZA - Technology Centre "am Europaplatz" AachenTZA is the ideal location for technology-oriented enterprises. Whether you are a start-up or an international investor, the award-winning designed building very close to the city centre of Aachen,...
      • Available spaceTZA has a total of 14,250 m² for hire and is geared specifically towards the needs and requirements of technology-oriented businesses:
      • Service and infrastructureTogether with our on-the-spot partners, the TZA offers an extensive infrastructure and services package.
      • Companies in the TZAIf you move into the Technology Centre Aachen, then you are in good company. Over 85 dynamic businesses are currently conquering their markets from the Centre. Already 78 companies allocate voluntary...
      • Directions
    • ZBMT Center for Biomedical Engineering
    • Function rooms TZAWhether for conferences, congresses, workshops or exhibitions - the Technology Centre "am Europaplatz" Aachen is the ideal venue in the tri-border area of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium with an...
      • Conference roomsAll conference rooms are equipped with a/c systems and have been deliberately kept businesslike so that you can concentrate better on your work.
      • AuditoriumThe semi-circular auditorium seats up to 320 persons in architecturally appealing surroundings.
      • Exhibition areasOur spacious foyer is ideal for accompanying trade fairs and large events.
      • ServiceAlongside the rooms, areas and infrastructure, we can also offer an extensive service package together with our partners.
    • Strong partnersStrong partners – these are the regional Technology, Start-up and Service Centres! Fourteen of these special real estate centres throughout the Region offer not only additional benefits such as...
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