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Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the fourth largest in the world. Sound economic conditions, high levels of productivity, and a highly skilled workforce make Germany an attractive investment location, and the seal “Made in Germany” represents quality, innovation, and cutting-edge technology. Presenting Germany as a land of ideas, know-how and innovation, the  list below provides, in alphabetical order, resources at the federal and state levels that represent Germany as a strong economic hub in the global market.

  • Baden-Württemberg International

    Promoting Baden-Württemberg as a center of business, higher education, and research, Baden-Württemberg International ...

    Promoting Baden-Württemberg as a center of business, higher education, and research, Baden-Württemberg International (bw-i) provides economic development services and supports international cooperation for the German state of Baden-Württemberg. bw-i actively serves the interests of Baden-Württemberg's business and research communities worldwide and operates as a "first point of contact" for domestic and foreign companies, research facilities, universities, regions, and municipalities. bw-i helps companies establish operations and cooperative relationships  and assists with knowledge  transfer. bw-i’s activities include initiating international cooperation through programs aimed at penetrating key markets across the globe. Located in the southwest of Germany, Baden-Württemberg is one of the most attractive business locations worldwide. It enjoys close international ties to a large number of companies and organizations in many industries. Learn More

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  • Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, LLC

    The Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, LLC assist American companies in finding the most advantageous solution for ...

    The Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, LLC assist American companies in finding the most advantageous solution for their business expansions in Europe. By offering comprehensive, cost-free services for U.S. companies and investors who are considering establishing a business location in Bavaria, the New York and San Francisco-based offices provide information on Bavaria’s economy, industries, locations, support programs and connections to industry associations, local authorities, and business partners. Since its establishment in 1996,  the organization has a successful track record of helping a wide range of U.S. businesses achieve their objectives in Bavaria. Familiar with the intricacies of the corporate cultures of both German and American companies, the New York and San Francisco offices, with the direct support of the Invest in Bavaria team in Munich, Germany, seek to streamline the fact-finding and the implementation phases of the investment process. Learn More

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  • Berlin Business Location Center

    The Business Location Center (BLC) is Berlin's business portal. Sector-specific data, real estate offers, labor market and ...

    The Business Location Center (BLC) is Berlin's business portal. Sector-specific data, real estate offers, labor market and structural information, land use plans and aid programs are just a mouse click away and currently available. The BLC even enables the viewer to see buildings, areas, and squares through virtual city models. The Business Location Center is a globally unique service for investors, providing individualized information about Berlin and its advantages both online and in a showroom. Visitors to the BLC receive exclusive, tailored information about the available real estate, commercial sites, and the city's technical, social, and building regulation infrastructure. This data is brought to life with the aid of a virtual 3D-model of the city. Learn More

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  • Brandenburg Economic Development Board

    The Brandenburg Economic Development Board (ZAB) is a one-stop agency for a variety of business support services. It provides ...

    The Brandenburg Economic Development Board (ZAB) is a one-stop agency for a variety of business support services. It provides assistance in pursuing investment projects in Brandenburg, the German capital region, located between the Western European business locations, and the emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe. Whether Paris or Warsaw, Amsterdam or Minsk, the German capital region is right in the middle of the continent.
    For investing in Brandenburg the ZAB assists in finding the most suitable property in the right area at an appropriate price. They offer support with fast acquisition and requirement-oriented qualification of specialists. Also with the Innovation-Service, the ZAB will show the fastest routes to the expert partners in the universities and research institutions sectors. With a high density of universities, colleges, and R&D organizations in combination with successful economic programs, Brandenburg offers excellent innovation potential.  Learn More

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  • Bremeninvest

    Bremeninvest is the central services provider for the economic development and the promotion of Bremen as an attractive business ...

    Bremeninvest is the central services provider for the economic development and the promotion of Bremen as an attractive business address in Germany. Favorably located in the northwest of Germany, the state of Bremen provides highly developed and outstanding transportation with rapid access to the entire European union. The seaport city of Bremerhaven ranks among the world’s top 20 container terminals and serves as a transportation hub to the U.S. and destinations throughout the world. A competence center for logistics, Bremen is known for efficiency in the automotive, mobile and wireless computing, aviation and aerospace industries, food and beverages, renewable energy. For centuries, Bremen has been associated with the import of bananas, coffee, cocoa beans, wine and tobacco. Learn More

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  • Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein

    The Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein (WTSH) serves as one competent partner in ...

    The Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein (WTSH) serves as one competent partner in Schleswig-Holstein for all questions related to business development, technology transfer, and foreign trade services. The Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, its Chamber of Commerce and the universities are partners in the WTSH.
    WTHS offers consultancy services and guidance in all questions of start-ups, foreign commerce,
    innovation and patents. As a one-stop agency, WTHS promotes technology projects, research and development activities, foreign commerce commitments as well as guides commercial and scientific cooperation. WTHS areas of expertise include: the life sciences, with an emphasis on the health and nutrition industries, information and communication technology, as well as e-business, environmental engineering and renewable energy, marine technology and food industry. Learn More

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  • Business Location Rheinland-Pfalz

    The German state of Rheinland-Pfalz, located in the southwest of Germany, is a region with high employment and an attractive ...

    The German state of Rheinland-Pfalz, located in the southwest of Germany, is a region with high employment and an attractive investment climate. Nextdoor to France, Belgium and Luxembourg and part of the Rhein-Main and Rhein-Neckar business hubs, Rheinland-Pfalz is outstandingly located for those poised to conquer markets.
    Thanks to an excellent highway system, fast access to five airports (Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Hahn, Köln/Bonn, Zweibrücken and Saarbrücken) as well as ultra-fast trains destined for German and European metropolitan areas and business hubs, Rheinland-Pfalz is well-connected.
    In Rheinland-Pfalz companies are either components of a strong industrial business and science environment as is the case for the commercial vehicles industry, the metal and ceramic sector as well as chemical and pharmaceutical industries; or they work side by side with internationally successful, mostly mid-sized enterprises, in particular those in specialized environmental technologies.
    Technology centers provide an ideal platform for launching new companies. Learn More

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  • German American Chambers of Commerce

    The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco all work ...

    The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco all work together under the network of AHK USA. With approximately 2,500 members and an extensive national and international business network, the GACCs offer a broad spectrum of activities and services. Other German-American organizations and chapters are affiliated with the GACCs. AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany. The umbrella organization of the IHKs is the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), which also coordinates and supports the AHKs. Learn More

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  • German Business Portal

    The German Business Portal is the central contact platform that directs all inquiries about Germany through appropriate channels.  ...

    The German Business Portal is the central contact platform that directs all inquiries about Germany through appropriate channels. The portal’s goal is to make Germany and its domestic market more transparent to foreign companies interested in trading with Germany.
    The German Business Portal provides helpful information about market entry in specific business sectors, distribution channels, business contacts and staying in Germany, including answers to questions, such as how to find the right business partners or which import or tax regulations apply to different products. The German Business Portal also offers access to many government institutions, industry associations, Chambers of Industry and Commerce, embassies and international organizations that deal with Germany. Learn More

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  • Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI)

    Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. American ...

    Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. American businesses seeking to bring their R&D projects to Germany profit from the free investment support services.
    Whether in the form of information, consultancy or project management services – Germany Trade & Invest guides potential investors through the entire process of establishing their projects in Germany. A team of experts provides market analysis, legal consultancy, and tax information. They help identify the right partners and the best possible location for American R&D projects in order to profit from German innovation power. Learn More

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  • gwSaar - Saarland Economic Promotion Corporation

    gwSaar, the Saarland Economic Promotion Corporation, promotes the business location Saarland in Germany and abroad. With its ...

    gwSaar, the Saarland Economic Promotion Corporation, promotes the business location Saarland in Germany and abroad. With its worldwide network of partners and its high branch expertise and knowledge, gwSaar supports investors in all matters concerning business relocation management - from the planning phase to project steering, support in approval procedures and the provision of turnkey buildings.
    A high density of internationally renowned research institutes and technology-oriented businesses dominates the scientific landscape in Saarland. The primary focus is  nanotechnology, IT, and healthcare. Saarland universities and colleges have an international orientation and maintain a steady discourse with partner organizations in the United States.
    Direct contact persons for gwSaar are located in Utah and Illinois. Information about research assignments at Saarland scientific institutions or businesses can be provided via the Saarland Technology Corporation. Learn More

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  • HANNOVER MESSE Research & Technology

    Research & Technology is the leading international trade fair for R&D and technology transfer at the HANNOVER MESSE. ...

    Research & Technology is the leading international trade fair for R&D and technology transfer at the HANNOVER MESSE. With over 220,000 international attendees and 6500 international exhibitors, the Hannover Fair is the world’s largest industrial technology conference & exhibition. As one of eight co-located vertical fairs at HANNOVER MESSE, Research & Technology showcases basic and applied research in Adaptronics, Bionics, Nanotechnology, Optical Technologies, Organic Electronics, Space Apps, and Textile Solutions. It is the number one meeting place for buyers, investors, and product-developers from around the globe.  Learn More

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  • Hessen Trade & Invest (HTAI)

    Hessen Trade & Invest (HTAI) is the lead economic development agency for Hessen, which is part of Hessen Agentur GmbH (HA), a ...

    Hessen Trade & Invest (HTAI) is the lead economic development agency for Hessen, which is part of Hessen Agentur GmbH (HA), a subsidiary of the Hessen Ministry of Economics, Transport, Urban and Regional Development.

    Focusing on technologically advanced sectors, the establishment of close cooperative ties between companies, universities and supporting institutions along the value creation chain, it strengthens the competitiveness of companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It increases Hessen’s positive image and contributes to Hessen continuing to be a prime location for technology and innovation. Hessen promotes the advancement of its strong networks and remains internationally competitive. Learn More

    Also  initiated by HA, is the TechnologyTransferNetwork Hessen (TTN Hessen), a collaborative network of all Hessian universities and polytechnics, leading industry associations and local chambers of commerce. It promotes industry-science cooperation and  facilitates access to application-oriented public research for SME‘s by providing information on partners for R&D in all relevant technological fields, thus strengthening their capability to innovate.

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  • HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation

    Hamburg’s position as one of the most dynamic economic regions in Europe is rooted in a mix of economic potential and a ...

    Hamburg’s position as one of the most dynamic economic regions in Europe is rooted in a mix of economic potential and a high standard of living. Hamburg provides an inspiring and conducive environment for innovation. The HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation is a private-enterprise consultancy company that specifically supports growing companies in their plans to expand, restructure or invest in Hamburg. HWF is also a driving force in the development of future-oriented industries: logistics, aviation, MITT (Media, IT & Telecommunication) and renewable energy.
    HWF is the central point of contact, offering consultancy and services for all industries, and in particular, for small and medium-sized businesses. HWF’s consultancy service is provided in strict confidentiality and free of charge. The range of services offered is extensive, particularly in the real estate sector. International companies can look forward to working with a team of seasoned project managers with extensive practical experience – people who speak the language of business. Learn More

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  • Investment and Marketing Sachsen-Anhalt

    Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt mbH is the business location and marketing agency of Saxony-Anhalt. IMG ...

    Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt mbH is the business location and marketing agency of Saxony-Anhalt. IMG provides all services related to new business sites. In addition, IMG markets Saxony-Anhalt both nationally and internationally and develops tourism concepts. Assigned by the Ministry for Economics and Labour of Saxony-Anhalt to guide as a one-stop agency through the investment process, IMG provides searches tailored to the investors’ needs from competent and individual advice for greenfield and brownfield sites to office properties or production halls. IMG also advises on public grant programs for investments, identifies potential partners and arranges meetings. IMG also serves as a point of contact for public authorities, coordinates and conducts negotiations on federal state, state district and municipal levels as well as with official bodies and institutions. Learn More

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  • Leipziger Messe

    Innovations form a part of Leipzig's tradition. With a history going back 800 years, Leipziger Messe is one of the world's oldest  ...

    Innovations form a part of Leipzig's tradition. With a history going back 800 years, Leipziger Messe is one of the world's oldest trade fairs, and at the same time a trendsetter for the industry. This is also the place that invented sample fairs when the trade fair sector underwent a crisis in the 19th century - and the new concept caught on across the globe.
    Today, approximately 40 trade fairs are held in Leipzig every year, including important trade fairs, such as AUTO MOBIL INTERNATIONAL, the Leipzig Book Fair, the world’s leading fair ORTHOPÄDIE + REHATECHNIK or intec, a trade fair for production technology and machine building, together with the supplier fair Z. The Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), a high-capacity congress center, plays host to a number of prestigious international conferences. Learn More

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  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: ATI Westmecklenburg GmbH

    The ATI Westmecklenburg GmbH (Agency for Technology Transfer and Furtherance of Innovations) is a regional development agency in ...

    The ATI Westmecklenburg GmbH (Agency for Technology Transfer and Furtherance of Innovations) is a regional development agency in West Mecklenburg, Germany. The company performs the search for new technological products, procedures and services, concepts and their realization as well as  technology transfer between scientific institutes and entrepreneurs. The aim is to professionalize and promote technology transfer between the R&D at universities and businesses as well as support business start-ups and entrepreneurs.  
    For these purposes, the company offers consulting, coaching and management services for founders and entrepreneurs in the early stages of their development as well as for growth and stabilization; information and contact procurement; event offers for the purpose of furthering education and cooperation promotion. Learn More

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  • Messe Düsseldorf North America

    Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA) is part of the Messe Düsseldorf Group of Companies - one of the world's largest ...

    Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA) is part of the Messe Düsseldorf Group of Companies - one of the world's largest organizers of international trade shows for the machinery, medical, fashion and leisure industries.  Over 20 of Messe Düsseldorf's shows are the most important in the world for their respective industries.

    Messe Düsseldorf North America and its partners offer a full service package which includes everything necessary to make participation in one of their trade shows around the world run smoothly: Space sales and exhibitor services, hotel accommodations, flights, entrances passes and show directories, visitor registration, press accreditation and trade press lists (at selected shows), freight forwarding, translation services, VAT refunds, and more. Learn more

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  • Messe Essen

    Messe Essen is one of Germany’s top-ten trade fairs with a total of 50 fairs and exhibitions, 13,000 international ...

    Messe Essen is one of Germany’s top-ten trade fairs with a total of 50 fairs and exhibitions, 13,000 international exhibitors, and annually up to 1.5 million visitors from 120 nations.
    The easily accessible fair site is centrally located in the heart of Europe, with 40% of the EU population living within a radius of approximately 500 kilometers of the fair and congress city of Essen, earning about  60% of the EU income. Messe Essen's program encompasses twelve international premier fairs with exhibitors and trade visitors from all over the world, including  leading trade fairs, such as the IPM International Plant Fair, the REIFEN tire fair, the SECURITY fair, the Metpack metal packaging fair, and the Essen Welding Fair. In addition, Messe Essen also provides a multifaceted event platform. With its versatile range of available rooms, the CCE Congress Center Essen division offers space for events of any kind and size. Learn More

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  • Messe München International

    Messe München International (MMI) is one of the leading organizers of trade fairs worldwide. It hosts over 40 trade fairs ...

    Messe München International (MMI) is one of the leading organizers of trade fairs worldwide. It hosts over 40 trade fairs for capital goods, consumer goods and new technologies. More than 30,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries and more than two million visitors from over 200 countries participate in fairs and exhibitions in Munich, Germany, each year. In addition, MMI organizes trade fairs in Asia, Russia, the Middle East and South America.
    The U.S. Representative of MMI assists American companies to market their products around the globe. Learn More

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  • Niedersachsen Global

    Niedersachsen Global (NGlobal) is an economic development agency for the State of Niedersachsen. NGlobal markets Niedersachsen as  ...

    Niedersachsen Global (NGlobal) is an economic development agency for the State of Niedersachsen. NGlobal markets Niedersachsen as an investment location and attracts new companies to the state, encourages inter-enterprise collaboration and joint ventures. The agency supports export-orientated companies, in particular small and medium-sized businesses, based in Niedersachsen/Germany with comprehensive foreign trade information and services. Moreover, NGlobal promotes Niedersachsen abroad as the leading business Location.

    In order to intensify business contacts with foreign countries, NGlobal and the state of Niedersachsen have set up representative offices and business partners in Brazil, China, Cuba, India, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scandinavia, South Africa, the USA and the UAE/Oman/Qatar. Learn More

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  • NRW.INVEST

    The mission of the state-owned economic development agency NRW.INVEST is to market North Rhine-Westphalia as an investment ...

    The mission of the state-owned economic development agency NRW.INVEST is to market North Rhine-Westphalia as an investment location and to acquire foreign direct investments for North Rhine-Westphalia. Foreign and German companies are supported in their investment projects and/or their settlement in North Rhine-Westphalia throughout the entire process of establishing their business. The services offered by NRW.INVEST range from comprehensive information about North Rhine-Westphalia as an investment location to tips regarding taxes, legal aspects and the economic structure of the region.
    The experts at NRW.INVEST identify and acquire potential international investors for North Rhine-Westphalia, analyze investment projects and offer suitable locations within the state. They arrange appointments for negotiations with all individuals involved in the approval process and accompany the process to its successful conclusion. For investors who have already set up business in North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW.INVEST provides particular assistance with expansions, start-ups and spin-offs. In doing so, NRW.INVEST works closely with the local and regional economic development agencies in the state, the Ministry for Economic Affairs, firms, federations, chambers of industry and commerce, and other associations geared to economic interests. Learn More

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  • Saxony Development Corporation

    As an instrument of economic promotion, the Saxony Development Corporation (WFS) makes a vital contribution to the sustained, ...

    As an instrument of economic promotion, the Saxony Development Corporation (WFS) makes a vital contribution to the sustained, positive development of Saxony’s economy. The activities focus specifically on attracting innovative, competitive enterprises to Saxony, thus, safeguarding existing jobs and creating new ones, strengthening those enterprises which are already located in Saxony  by initiating sales promotion measures and arranging cooperations as well as launching effective and efficient locational marketing campaigns.
    Saxony’s digital heart of the semiconductor industry beats in Dresden. »Silicon Saxony e. V.«, a network of 280 commercial enterprises and research institutions, is Europe’s leading and the fifth largest microelectronics cluster in the world. Geared towards the future, researchers and young entrepreneurs are working hand in hand in the biotechnology and environmental technology sectors. Whether it be mechanical engineering or more than 100 years of »Autoland Saxony« – a strong and highly efficient industry has evolved from smart ideas and intelligent solutions. The commercial center Leipzig is a vibrant trade fair and media city; its airport is Europe’s most modern air cargo hub providing services 24/7. Learn More

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  • State Development Corporation of Thuringia

    The State Development Corporation of Thuringia (LEG) is an economic development agency which promotes the German state of ...

    The State Development Corporation of Thuringia (LEG) is an economic development agency which promotes the German state of Thuringia as a technology and business environment. With a focus on technology and innovation transfer, the LEG provides all-in-one services to attract investors. Located in the heart of Europe, Thuringia has, in recent years, developed into a region that provides an excellent base for entrepreneurial success. The state’s modern infrastructure, highly-qualified personnel, and tight-knit networks between business and research have attracted global players and investors, such as IKEA, Panasonic, and IBM. A recent study by the U.S. trade publication “Site Selection” ranked Thuringia as one of the top locations based on “The 2010 Global Best to Invest Ranking”. Learn More

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  • The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT)

    The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) is the liaison office of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the  ...

    The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) is the liaison office of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) in Washington, D.C.
    RGIT represents the interests of the German business community vis-à-vis both the U.S. administration and the international organizations based in Washington, D.C. RGIT reports regularly on economically significant developments as well as legislative activities in the U.S. and provides its partners in the United States with information on German business.
    RGIT cooperates with the German American Chambers of Commerce in New York, Atlanta, San Francisco and Chicago. The fostering of bilateral trade relations and investment and the provision of consulting services to companies with business interests in the United States are among the key tasks of the chambers. Learn More

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