Startup centers in Munich

Are you aware of the main start-up centers in Munich? Learn about the key centers, their industry focus, who is behind them and where you will find them.

Startup platforms provide suitable infrastructure and more

Munich has a whole raft of startup centers for new and young companies that choose to set up shop here. They provide suitable infrastructure, relevant advice and focused support, creating an attractive environment to help entrepreneurs, ideas and innovations get the start they need.

Portraits of key Munich startup centers

Andreas Heddergott / LHM

What companies?
Technology and innovation-oriented companies

Supported or funded by?
City of Munich, Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria

The MTZ is the high-tech facility run by Münchner Gewerbehöfe GmbH, the operator of the Munich Industry Centers. Attractively situated with good traffic connections in the north of the Bavarian capital, the center has established itself as an outstanding launch pad for development laboratories and production facilities of all kinds in the new technologies. Further expansion of the MTZ is still in progress and will make additional space available in due course.

Münchner Technologiezentrum (MTZ)
Agnes-Pockels-Bogen 1
80992 München
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Andreas Heddergott / RAW

What companies?
Media, fashion, services

Operator?
OFFICEFIRST Immobilien AG, BMI Immobilienmanagement GmbH

At the back of Munich's Ostbahnhof (east-end station), MediaWorks borders on the Werksviertel development site. The Medienbrücke (Media Bridge) – a high-end complex of loft offices, perched on two pillars, that seems to hover over the MWM space – forms a spectacular gateway to this site, alongside the Novum tower.

Split up by four courtyards, this former production site has been upgraded since the 1990s. The business park that stands here today provides around 100,000 m² of floor space to more than 100 companies. The media is well represented. Restaurants and cafés, shops, a conference center, doctors and childcare facilities complement the infrastructure.

Medienbrücke (Media Bridge)
Rosenheimer Straße 145a
81671 München
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Andreas Heddergott / RAW

What companies?
A colorful mix of digital and media firms, InsurTech companies and FinTech companies
Supported or funded by?
Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, City of Munich

The WERK 1 start-up center near Munich's east-end Ostbahnhof station is designed specifically to cater to the digital media industry. WERK1 combines offices and coworking space with a vibrant community plus events and workshops.

WERK1
Atelierstraße 29
81671 München
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Marcus Ebener / TU München

What companies?
Technology start-ups

Supported or funded by?
T
echnical University of Munich (TUM), Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, partners in industry and the academic community

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and UnternehmerTUM have brought their offerings for start-ups together under one roof at the Entrepreneurship Center on the Garching research campus. At this hub, start-ups and innovators encounter a unique infrastructure within which to develop their new business projects – from initial idea to growth phase. The chairs represented at the TUM Entrepreneurship Research Institutes channel their research findings at the Entrepreneurship Center directly into start-up development. The centerpiece of the facility is the MakerSpace, a 1,500 m2 high-tech workshop equipped with machinery, tools and software for prototype construction and small-batch production.

UnternehmerTUM
Internationales Zentrum für Innovation und Gründung
Lichtenbergstraße 6
85748 Garching bei München
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Andreas Heddergott / RAW

What companies?
A colorful mix of industries

Operator?

Allgemeine SÜDBODEN GmbH

The expansive site at Balanstrasse 73, where Siemens used to manufacture semiconductors and electronic components, was modernized within its original context starting in 2007 and repurposed for a wider variety of modern uses.

Alongside a colorful mix of industries, the campus also houses an inclusive Montessori school with an after-school care center, the MD.H Media Design School for Design and Computer Science and the Cutchiin and Curry 73 “canteens” run by Holger Stromberg.

A greened central area with a pool and rooftop gardens provide havens of relaxation amid the busy variety on the surrounding campus.

neue balan – campus der ideen
Balanstraße 73
81541 München
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IZB

What companies?
Biotech, life sciences

Supported or funded by?
Bavarian Ministry of Finance and Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, BioM Cluster Development GmbH, Bayern Innovativ, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

An optimal infrastructure for the realization of product and service ideas awaits young companies and start-up entrepreneurs in the life sciences sector here. The medicines and services of tomorrow are crafted at the IZB in Planegg-Martinsried, while the IZB in Freising-Weihenstephan focuses on phytopharmaceuticals and new methods and products in the farm and food industry.

IZB - Innovations- und Gründerzentrum Biotechnologie Fördergesellschaft IZB mbH
Am Klopferspitz 19
82152 Planegg
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Michael Schinharl / RAW

What companies?
Start-ups with an entrepreneurial outlook and public welfare focus

Operator?
Impact Hub Munich GmbH, part of the international Impact Hub network, which has over 80 offices.
Who supports or funds projects? Hans Sauer Foundation, Social Entrepreneurship Academy

The Munich Impact Hub combines a workshop space, an event space, meeting rooms and a common room area. Some of the spaces are open to flexible uses, thanks to lockers and a clean-desk policy. Different events/community events provide support for personal projects and strengthen cooperation.

Impact Hub
Gotzinger Straße 8
81371 München
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MGH

6 Industrial Centers: Westend, Sendling, Frankfurter Ring, Perlach, Giesing, Laim

What companies?
Small and medium-sized enterprises, manufacturing firms

Supported or funded by?
C
ity of Munich, Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria

The eight Munich Industry Centers and the MTZ provide around 107,000 m2 of space to small and medium-sized craft firms, industrial companies and wholesalers. Together, they represent part of the City of Munich's efforts to supply suitable space in heavily built-up parts of the city to craft and manufacturing firms that have special building and space needs. For entrepreneurs and start-ups too, the Industry Centers are the perfect springboard from which to enter the market.

With the exception of the Ostbahnhof Center, the Munich Industry Centers are all overseen by  Münchner Gewerbehof- und Technologiezentrums mbH, which is headquartered in Gollierstrasse.

Münchner Gewerbehöfe
various locations
MGH – Münchner Gewerbehof- und Technologiezentrumsgesellschaft mbH

administration headquarter:
Gollierstraße 70
80339 München
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Investa Immobiliengruppe

What companies?
A colorful mix of industries, high-tech, creative industries

Operator?
Investa Property Group

WerkStadt Sendling has evolved since Philip Morris vacated this 60,000 m2 former production site in Flössergasse, Mittersendling, in 2010. The tobacco company's place has been taken by start-ups and global market leaders in the fields of technology, communication, design, sport and entertainment. A unique atmosphere has been cultivated here by combining offices and production space, the WerkCafé and a fitness studio. WerkStadt Sendling is owned and let out by the Investa Property Group.

WerkStadt Sendling
Flößergasse 4
81369 München
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BLM

What companies?
Digital journalism and media projects

Supported or funded by?
Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, BLM (the Bavarian regulatory authority for new media, private media enterprises

Media Lab Bayern is a coworking space operated by Bavarian new media regulator BLM. The focus here is on digital media and forward-looking media concepts. Journalists, designers, developers, media technicians and production teams working in these areas are welcome to apply. The BLM also grants scholarships.

Media resources and production facilities provide a host of benefits for interdisciplinary approaches. Media Lab Bayern also supplies the infrastructure for Munich's afk channels and engages in active dialogue with regional broadcasters and media companies.

Media Lab Bayern
Rosenheimer Straße 145
81671 München
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Alexander Binder

What companies?
Film industry, media

Supported and funded by?
Bavarian Ministry of Finance, FilmFernsehFond Bayern, HFF University of Television and Film Munich

Situated on the premises of Bavaria Film, the Bavarian Film Center is the ideal launch pad for budding producers and young companies in the media industry. The center offers suitable working conditions, fully fitted offices, practical service facilities and individual support.

Bayerisches Filmzentrum Geiselgasteig
Bavariafilmplatz 7
82031 Grünwald
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gate GmbH

What companies?
About 50 start-ups with a focus on Big Data, Industry 4.0, Smart Mobility, health care and robotics

Supported or funded by?
Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) for Munich and Upper Bavaria, LfA Förderbank Bayern (development bank), Munich Network, Kreissparkasse München Starnberg Ebersberg (savings bank group), Munich administrative district and the city of Garching.

Based in the north of Munich, Garchinger Technologie- und Gründerzentrum – or gate, for short – is a high-tech location situated right on the TUM - Technical University of Munich 's research campus. At gate there are workshops,  events, local coaches for founders, conference rooms, a bistro, a central reception / post-office and a convenienctly located parking area. 

gate – Garchinger Technologie- und Gründerzentrum GmbH
Lichtenbergstraße 8
85748 Garching bei München
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Stefan Müller-Naumann, RAW

The City of Munich and the UnternehmerTUM and are offering a place for new forms of cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration: the Munich Urban Colab.

At the Munich Urban Colab, start-ups, established companies, voices from science, fresh talent and the City of Munich are developing and testing innovative concepts together with citizens. It’s how Munich can become an international front-runner in developing smart city solutions.

Boasting over 11,000 square meters, the Munich Urban Colab provides office space, co-working areas, event and seminar rooms, living labs and a high-tech prototype workshop.

MunichUrbanColab

Freddie-Mercury-Straße 5   
80797 München
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