Heilbronn 2018-03-02T15:56:18+00:00

Heilbronn

Heilbronn

Located in the state of Baden-Württemberg, an economic powerhouse in southwest Germany, Heilbronn is a city with a can-do spirit.

A strong work ethic and a long tradition of independent thinking have their roots back in the Middle Ages, when Heilbronn was a “free city,” under the authority of a mostly far-off emperor. Long known for the wineries surrounding the city, Heilbronn entered the industial age early on. Today the city with its 120,000 inhabitants is home to a wide range of industries and businesses.

Many are part of the legendary German “Mittelstand,” or ranks of medium-sized companies, which were globalized long before the word “globalization” came into use. Heilbronn and its surroundings are, for example, home to the big food retailer Lidl, the food and beverage brand Knorr,  and Bechtle, a major provider of software and IT services. The Heilbronn area is also home to the car manufacturer Audi and to suppliers for the automobile industry, such as Läpple. More recently, a cluster of medical technology companies has emerged, and a range of high-tech and cleantech companies have been founded.

After being totally destroyed in the Second World War, the city was rebuilt from the ground up, in accordance with modern concepts of city planning and architecture. A light-rail network has been established over the past 15 years, linking Heilbronn to the IT region around Karlsruhe, and creating a public transportation belt around the city.

The “Bundesgartenschau,” the National Garden Exhibition planned for 2019, has given the city the opportunity to totally re-invent and re-design former industrial areas near the Neckar River. In the nearby  “Zukunftspark Wohlgelegen” area, you can find state-of-the-art office buildings with convenient locations for your company. A number of high-tech companies and start-ups have already found a home there. Another former industrial area, the “Innovationsfabrik,” where machines were once made, provides more space for young start-up companies. Meanwhile, in Heilbronn academic institutions are growing in number and adding new programs, with a start-up incubator in the works. Future innovators can get a headstart in Heilbronn at the heavily-visited “experimenta” theme park, which features not only hands-on laboratories, but also exhibits on topics from robotics to music and film.

In Heilbronn, we believe in the power of networks. We at ZFHN have seen many young companies find crucial information and support through the contacts that we have provided.

Thomas R. Villinger

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

In Heilbronn, we believe in the power of networks. We at ZFHN have seen many young companies find crucial information and support through the contacts that we have provided.

Thomas R. Villinger

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Networking is more than just a buzzword in Heilbronn: city officials, business owners and investors know and trust each other, and can help you in many ways. The ZFHN team helps to build local networks as part of our mission to provide the best possible environment for innovative industries, now and far into the future.

As Thomas Villinger, our CEO,  puts it:
“In Heilbronn we are focused on the long term, and we can be a bit stubborn. When we have a goal in sight, we keep on going until we achieve it.”