Kathrein Supports Digital Start-ups
His vision is of a “Silicon Valley by the Alps,” said CSU member of the Bavarian parliament Klaus Stöttner, one of the political enablers and inspirational forces behind the project, at the symbolic cheque presentation by Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs lse Aigner. Rosenheim had been up against extremely tough competition from Ingolstadt, headquarters of the automobile corporation Audi, said Stöttner, but although only one start-up centre had originally been planned for each administrative district, the jury accepted both bids.
The Bavarian government is providing initial funding of EUR 1.25 million. Rosenheim’s mayor Gabriele Bauer accepted the “early Christmas present” – as she put it – with obvious pleasure, saying all the work that had gone into the 158-page submission had clearly been worth it.
Kathrein supports network activities
As the host of the funding presentation, Kathrein Group CEO Anton Kathrein welcomed numerous guests from politics, business and the media. The Innovation Workshop, a renovated production hall dating back to the company’s early years, provided the ideal setting for the event. “You can really feel the start-up spirit here,” said Kathrein.
He went on to point out that the new start-up centre would be an ideal platform for the implementation of innovative ideas in the digital age. “As an established business we will be more than happy to support the start-up scene in the Rosenheim area,” said Kathrein. This would include providing start-ups with coaching, mentoring and consultancy, for example.
Strong industrial base in Region 18
In her speech, the Minister of Economic Affairs praised the excellent application submitted by the town and region to the Bavarian government. “The jury was especially impressed by the fact that Stellwerk 18 not only promotes networking in the region but also beyond the borders of Bavaria,” said Aigner. One of the project’s 25 partners is even based in Austria: the University of Applied Sciences in Kufstein.
The minister also noted the considerable economic strength of south-eastern Upper Bavaria. “The region has a strong industrial base, so this will provide numerous points of contact for young entrepreneurs, potentially leading to some initial customer relationships,” said Aigner.