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Jena is the most important high-tech location in Thuringia. A particularly large number of industrial companies are located here and expect above-average growth in the coming years. Big names like ZEISS, Jenoptik and Schott are world-famous. But many small and medium-sized companies from Jena are also global players and market leaders in their product areas.

More than 10,000 people are employed in the fields of optics and photonics, health technology, digital economy as well as precision and environmental technology. Jena University Hospital is the largest employer in the region and leads the way for the strong health sector as well as social services.

The close networking of science and business for the development of innovative products is one of the reasons for Jena's success. In addition to two universities, numerous federal and state research institutes are also located in Jena.

Jena's companies and research institutes have a strong partner at their side in the Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft (JenaWirtschaft). With 10 years of location expertise and an impressive track record, JenaWirtschaft supports existing and new companies and institutions in all location-relevant issues - from the search for space and real estate, to skilled labor topics, to professional location marketing.

As a distinctive high-tech location, Jena's companies in the following sectors are among the best in the world

  • Optics and photonics
  • Health economy
  • Precision engineering
  • Environmental technology and
  • digital economy

are among the world's leading players. With competencies in these key technologies, the local business landscape and research institutions are committed to future viability and innovative strength.

more about Jena's high-tech industries...

From start-up to global player, from craft to high-tech - the Jena business landscape is characterized by diversity, success stories and innovative spirit. Are you looking for Jena companies in a specific industry, industry networks or research institutions? In the company database you will find all the information you need.

Jena offers attractive framework conditions for successful start-up projects. The close link between science and research favors start-ups in the high-tech sector and earned Jena the name "German Silicon Valley". In addition, there is increasing potential in the areas of crafts, services and creative industries.

The start-up platform "Gründen in Jena" offers an overview of topics relevant to start-ups - from the preparation of a business plan to financing options and local contacts.


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