Did you know that filter paper, bras and toothpaste were all invented in Dresden? Along with many other ideas that have improved the lives of people all over the world. Because the spirit of invention runs deep in this city. Today, it is the many universities and research institutes that are responsible for many fantastic new ideas. Whether it be mobile communications, artificial intelligence, microelectronics, smart materials or e-mobility, this startup city is laying the foundations for innovative solutions to kick-start their worldwide career in Dresden.
The research being conducted by the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), driven by leading national and international scientists, is setting trends for social and global challenges. It is the only university in central Germany to be classified as a university of excellence. Through its faculties and professorships, it pools scientific expertise in the region and beyond, making a key contribution to Dresden’s innovative strength, and ensuring it becomes an important partner for research institutes and businesses within Germany and abroad.
A number of startups and uni spin-offs are using their new products to shape the future. The pioneering spirit is palpable – and visible – for businesses based here: With over 200 registered proprietary rights a year, the TU Dresden holds one of the largest numbers of patents of any university in Germany. And yet it is just one of several prestigious scientific addresses. ‘We have the most Fraunhofer institutes in the world’, says Dr Robert Franke, head of Dresden’s Business Development Office.