Networking across two floors: 1,200 square meters of floor space, 22 offices, cozy lounges, fully-equipped community and modern workshop areas await ambitious startups, experienced entrepreneurs and innovation teams from established companies in Stuttgart.
From a room tagged with neon pink spray paint to a professional company office – at GFT’s Corporate Center, CODE_n offers digital pioneers an inspiring, one-of-a-kind campus environment. Startups, entrepreneurs and corporate innovation teams can now apply online. “This region is teeming with bright minds full of innovative ideas, entrepreneurial spirit, and in-depth IT know-how – it’s precisely these pioneers that we are looking for,” states Ulrich Dietz, CEO of GFT Technologies and initiator of CODE_n.
Budding entrepreneurs often start out on their business ventures with plenty of enthusiasm but limited budgets. Corporate innovation teams are all about thinking in new ways and breaking down established structures. It is crucial to be close to the market and exchange ideas with third parties. CODE_n SPACES offers just the solution: space for sophisticated working, that extra bit of inspiration, and a great big network – rented for a short time, just for startups, with low running costs. “CODE_n creates just the right environment in Stuttgart for getting pioneering ideas off the ground within a strong network of talented people,” Dietz states.
Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants are welcome from all sectors of industry and can apply at any time. Particular potential is seen in the fields of Future Mobility, Industry 4.0, and FinTech. The only restriction is that the business must be based on a digital concept. Whether the business is just getting off the ground or already set up is not relevant for the application. “At the end of the day, the applicants have to win over our team with their business idea,” states Dietz.
What are the benefits offered by CODE_n SPACES ?
Participants can design their office within the SPACES to their liking and can host high-profile events there. Moveable cubicle walls in the startup area on the first floor provide plenty of flexibility. Sophisticated offices on the second floor denote this as the executive level. The in-house restaurant “SW34” offers an exclusive range of food in a very special atmosphere. All tenants become part of the international CODE_n Ecosystem. This includes membership in the CODE_n CONNECT online community for global networking as well as participation in CODE_n EVENTS like pitches, after-work meet-and-greets, regular get-togethers, and discussion series. Ambitious startups that fare well at CODE_n with their business model can also expect options for further seed investments.
The CODE_n SPACES Community
The first startups and companies in the community include the IT security experts at Code White together with their founder Helmut Mahler, the CODE_n Alumnus parkpocket and the lean as well as project management consultants at Refine Projects, in addition to Dr. Bernd Bohr, a consultant from the automotive field, and, among other things, a member of the supervisory board at Daimler AG.
With a population of roughly 600,000, the city of Stuttgart is home to a thriving industry with huge global corporations. It also boasts a strong base of small and medium-sized enterprises. The city placed 16th in the startup rankings of the “European Digital City Index 2015”. Established companies entice new talents with attractive job security and salaries, and this heightens the competition for competent specialists to work at young companies. “As one of Germany’s strongest exporters, Baden-Wuerttemberg needs up-and-coming entrepreneurs to secure its leading position over the long term, and to bring innovation to life and master the digital challenges ahead,” states Dietz. This is where CODE_n comes into play: exploiting proximity to the regional market and networking young business founders with experienced companies for lasting success – for a strong state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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