Technological innovation receives a boost through Mafinex TechnologiezentrumA new centre of scientific and technological excellence is helping start-ups and creating jobs.
The southern German city of Mannheim has opened a new technology centre designed to provide incubation space for young start-ups in the fields of science and technology.
The Mafinex incubation programme was founded in 1980 and was originally housed in a smaller building in Mannheim, but the success of the business support programme was such that a new larger replacement building was, with financial help from the ERDF, constructed in 2008.
The new Mafinex Technology Centre aims to encourage business and industrial research, development and innovation by providing 4 300 m2 of low-cost office, research and storage space to technology companies. A planned extension to the building will provide a further 5 000 m2 from 2015.
Well placed to build on research links
The technology centre is close to the University of Mannheim and the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, so is in a good position to build on its higher education research links. The rental space is offered to high-tech start-ups under highly flexible conditions, and allows companies to rent between 25 m2 and 200 m2 of space in the building, which is installed with state-of-the-art IT and telecom infrastructure as well as other technical equipment.
The new centre also includes meeting and seminar room as well as a lecture theatre and an atrium area. Start-up companies can also access professional advice on business plans, marketing and finance.
So far, Mafinex has supported more than 150 companies establish themselves, has helped to create 200 jobs and has boosted the competitiveness of the region of Baden-Württemberg.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Mafinex Technologiezentrum GmbH” amounted to EUR 8 750 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributed EUR 7 000 000 from the “Baden-Württemberg” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period.
FundERDF for the 2007-2013 programming period
Total InvestmentEUR 8 750 000
EU InvestmentEUR 7 000 000
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