Unique ecosystem for the
digital transformation of Industries

In recent years, the major scientific institutions in Dortmund have fostered numerous initiatives and projects in the field of logistics and digitization and with that creating the structures for sustainable innovation development in the high-tech logistics sector. The result is a unique ecosystem for the digital transformation of industries. The aim is to support the development and faster dissemination of innovative products and processes. An essential basis for the development of specific formats and services is networking.

Our formats and services




SME Enabler

Enterprise Labs

Start-up-Support and Entrepreneurship


Trigger For the future of Logistics

Networking with partners in European research projects but also in European technology platforms such as the Alliance for Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ALICE), the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) or the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) is an ongoing activity of all partners.

Competence Center

The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML with its headquarter in Dortmund and branches in Frankfurt/Main and Hamburg, for example, works as a leading authority in applied logistics research in Germany and Europe in all fields of internal and external logistics. The researchers develop cross-industry and customer-specific solutions, for example, in the area of material flow technology, warehouse management, business process modeling, simulation-supported system planning, transport systems and resource logistics: this covers logistics research to 100 %.  As one of the most important player in logistics research, Fraunhofer IML takes on responsibility in several well-established international committees and organizations.

Competence Center

The Fraunhofer Institute for Software and System Engineering ISST, based in Dortmund, is active in the fields of logistics, data management, automotive and healthcare as industry-oriented research institute. It supports its customers and partners in all issues related to digitization. The focus is on the use of data as a strategic resource in »data ecosystems«. The institute works as a neutral partner on direct behalf of industry but also on publicly funded projects of the EU and of government of the Federal Republic of Germany and its states. The range of services includes software engineering of new digital solutions, training, feasability and market studies as well as potential analyses.

Competence Center

With numerous scientific awards and prizes, more than 1,000 third-party funded projects, international cooperation and large associated projects, the TU Dortmund University is one of the most respected technical universities in Germany. The environment for successful research is characterized by four affiliated institutes from both the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Leibniz-Gemeinschaft as well as a Max Planck Institute. As an award-winning start-up and entrepreneur university, TU Dortmund University supports the transfer into application. The neighboring Technology Park Dortmund is one of the largest and most successful in Europe.

Competence Center

The Digital Hub Management GmbH (DHM) stands for the management of large business-driven innovation projects and initiatives in the context of industry 4.0 and digitization. The company is responsible for knowledge transfer, the management of networks and the development of communities. For example, DHM runs the offices of the Digital Hub Logistics, International Data Spaces Association IDSA, and the SME 4.0 Enabling Center »Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Ruhr-OWL«.