Knowledge Creates Economy

Our innovation district connects companies and research institutes to create synergies between business and science!

The Innovation District

MARK 51°7 is not your typical commercial area. We are reimagining the innovation district for companies and institutions that want to invest in knowledge and technology. With the integration into neighboring quarters, a state-of-the-art energy concept, as well as connections on a local, regional and even global scale, MARK 51°7 is already considered a reference project for inner-city development.

    What have we already accomplished?


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    Established companies are already strengthening Bochum's reputation as a first-class address for IT security and the automotive industry. Both industries are driven by digitization which in turn necessitates innovation from various related industries, leaving ample opportunities for creating synergies with local players.

    MARK 51°7 will be the new home for start-ups and DAX companies. Employment is created in a broad spectrum: from manufacturing industry to logistics as well as services to cutting-edge research. This mix of industries will increase the economic power of the city even on a regional level, thereby ensuring diversity as well as sustainability.

    Listed landmarks are converted into the new multi-functional innovation campus of the Ruhr University, which is merely five minutes away. New research centers, such as the Max Planck Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, are in close proximity to internationally successful companies, such as the Bosch subsidiary Escrypt, VW Infotainment and the IT service provider for space technology CGI.

    Car or spaceship? Research and development go hand in hand here!