Smart Systems & Smart Infrastructure

Dresden and Leipzig foster intelligent solutions and facilitate the Internet of Things. With exciting start-ups, excellent research, and innovative established businesses, both cities build on well-developed structures.


The Digital Hubs in Leipzig and Dresden have different, yet complementary points of emphasis. In enabling sustainable networking between the scientific community, established companies, and founders, both hubs contribute to the transformation of exciting ideas into innovative products and services. While the Hub in Leipzig focuses on promoting smart infrastructure (with an emphasis on energy, smart city, e-health, and cross-sectional technologies), in Dresden the focus is on developing the hardware, software, and connectivity components needed to facilitate smart systems. The aim is to become a platform for application-based solutions for leading industries, and consequently facilitate the Internet of Things. (Focal points include hardware, software, and connectivity components, smart systems, IoT platforms, and application-based solutions).

  • Focal points: for Leipzig - energy, smart city, and e-health in Leipzig, and for Dresden - hardware, software, and connectivity components, smart systems, IoT platform, application-based solutions, and IoT ecosystem
  • Operators: Smart Systems Hub Initiative in Dresden; the city of Leipzig, and SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator in Leipzig
  • Supporters in Dresden include: the Saxon State Chancellery, Silicon Saxony, 5G Lab GmbH, HighTech Startbahn, Globalfoundries, the city of Dresden, Infineon Technologies, Smart Systems Campus Chemnitz
  • Partners in Leipzig: AOK PLUS, VNG Group, Leipziger Gruppe, European Energy Exchange, enviaM, Porsche, and Arvato Systems


Home to several established microelectronic (hardware) corporations, leading businesses in the 5G (connectivity) sector, and first class software companies such as SAP, and T-Systems, Dresden is the largest semiconductor production location in Europe. It is exactly this that makes Dresden an ideal location for the development of smart systems and the Internet of Things, which is why the Hub considers itself an IoT enabler. Aiming to build an IoT platform, the Digital Hub Dresden connects highly innovative start-ups, KMUs, and industry with research and academic communities that focus on enabling technologies. It then connects these platform partners with various application industries and Hubs, in order to form a major IoT ecosystem.

Smart Systems Hub Office –
c/o SAP
Postplatz 1
01067 Dresden, Germany

Contact person
Michael Kaiser
Tel..: +49 (0) 351 48 18 88 97


Leipzig has steadily built its reputation as an attractive, aspiring location for start-ups. Several research institutions covering a wide range of research projects serve as the driving force behind the Digital Hub. At the same time, the site is home to strong businesses that are - often in collaboration with start-ups - increasingly opening up to innovation. The energy, smart city, and e-health sectors are particular focal points in Leipzig, allowing the Hub to connect the scientific community, businesses, and start-ups. An accelerator programme focussing on smart infrastructure, various regional cluster organisations, numerous events and innovation formats all play a supporting role in enabling this exchange.

Spinlab - The HHL Accelerator
Halle 14, 2. Etage Spinnereistrasse
04179 Leipzig, Germany

Contact person
Dr. Eric Weber
Tel.: +49 (0)341 355 785 70