Data, facts and figures

01 Figures at a glance

The digital location Karlsruhe
in figures

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IT companies

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It-related students

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IT employees

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Start-up incubators

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Receiving Germany’s first e-mail

02 Key facts

Further key facts
At a glance


Foundation of the first computer science faculty

45% of trade tax

derived from the digital industry

26 research institutions

including those at the 10 universities

At 13.4 %

Second-highest proportion of start-ups in the high-tech sector in Germany


is the largest regionally active high-tech entrepreneur network


as one of the largest audiovisual digital artworks in Europe

2,500 pupils

at 120 schools in technology clubs

4th place

Germany-wide in new start-ups in 2023 per 100,000 inhabitants and 1st place in Baden-Wuerttemberg in new start-ups in 2023 per 100,000 inhabitants

03 Awards

Top awards for outstanding achievements

Karlsruhe is Germany’s #1 tech center of the future

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a university of excellence

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences repeatedly achieves top positions in rankings

Among the top 5 locations in the German games industry

de:hub for applied artificial intelligence

UNESCO City of Media Arts

ZKM | Centre for Art and Media among the top 5 of world museums

1st place for Karlsruhe as the most liveable city in the Morgenstadt City Index

German Sustainability Award for regiomove mobility platform

2nd place at Bitkom Smart City Award

3 of Germany’s 41 award-winning schools in the Bitkom Smart School competition from Karlsruhe

“Digital Skills” and “MINT+” region through Karlsruhe technology initiative “technika”

1st place in the “Creativity & Cultural Heritage” category at the “European Smart Capital of Smart Tourism Award” 2020