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Smaller cities are becoming tech centers

If you think of technology locations, cities such as Munich or Berlin will probably come to mind first, instead of Karlsruhe, Aachen or Ingolstadt. The latter, however, have considerable future potential.

16 Feb. 2018
David Schahinian
Smaller cities are becoming tech centers (Chart: Joblift GmbH)

This is shown by an analysis of the job platform, Joblift, which had a total of 17 million job advertisements of the last two years examined. Decisive criteria included the proportion of vacancies for technical job profiles in the entire listings of a location and the growth in the number of jobs in the technology sector. In addition to the cities of Karlsruhe, Aachen, and Ingolstadt in the first three places, Jena, Regensburg, Erlangen, Bonn, Mannheim, Ulm, and Darmstadt have good chances as well.

The analysis revealed further interesting insights. It turned out that nine of the ten fastest-growing tech centers are not big cities. The authors cite cheaper rents and property prices as well as the increasing competition for IT specialists. If you settle near an excellent training center, you will have better access to the graduates. Good technical universities and training programs in entrepreneurship seem to encourage the establishment of tech companies. Many universities support this trend, reports Manager Magazin . They are increasingly setting up startup centers with growing success. “Provincial universities” also provided for a modernization of the corporate landscape. Another aspect is that many entrepreneurs choose a location near their home university for their startups.