A new innovation culture: #doing

The Digital Hub Logistics has a convincing can-do mentality. Our Start-in Factory accompanies you from the initial idea to the market launch. That is why our portfolio consists of three essential pillars. We offer you an all-round, worry-free package with a creative and dynamic working environment, end-to-end support, an extensive and unique network, and with individual innovation coaching and demand-oriented components to pave the way – all the way to implementing big ideas and visions.

Learn more about our three pillars – Place, Community, and Process. Click for information:


Coworking & Infrastructure


Support & Network


Innovation Coaching and Components

Place: Coworking & Infrastructure

Our coworking space is located in Dortmund across from Fraunhofer IML and in the immediate neighborhood of Fraunhofer ISST, therefore offering direct access to the test halls and experimental areas, workshops, and laboratories of both research institutions. Proximity to the LogistikCampus of the Technical University of Dortmund ensures contact with new logistics talent and offers a maker space. Our coworking space features modern equipment and offers sufficient space for meetings and events of various sizes. The latest technologies and presentation possibilities help you present your ideas digitally. Our participants are a mix of start-ins, start-ups, and community experts. Active intercommunication and mutual support are the order of the day.

Big ideas require little space, but plenty of room.

  • Here, away from day-to-day business, your start-in has the opportunity to shape and realize big ideas.
  • Innovative networks, new technologies, and digital business models are created here.
  • This is where prototypes are developed and brought to market readiness.

Further information about our services can be found in our Service Flyer:

Community: Support & Network

We offer your start-in professional and continuous support from the idea to the market entry – whether you want to use your product in-house, offer it on the market or establish a company to market it. Your personal program manager is responsible for the on-site support. He is the coordinator and connector to all partners in the Digital Hub Logistics and its ecosystem. On the basis of your goals, he develops a work programme together with your start-in and supports the implementation.

Our community events bring your start-in and our network partners together and build the basis for an intensive exchange about new ideas and cooperations.

We find the right contact and solution partner for every issue and give you access to our ecosystem with maker spaces, demo and experiment centres and the most important scientific network in logistics.

Process: Innovation Coaching and Components

We offer individual innovation coaching and a variety of innovation workshops to help your project to succeed – from ideation to prototyping to scale-up. In cooperation with your team, we select step by step customized components. We have a partner network of service providers and experts who will give your start-in the right impulse at the right time.

Our ecosystem: #networking

Dortmund and the Ruhr metropolitan region are among Germany’s leading logistics locations. They are considered European logistics innovation hubs. Scientific institutions such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST, and the Technical University of Dortmund with their professorships and industry-related lighthouse projects have led to a bundling of the logistics and digitalization areas of expertise over the last few years, establishing new forms of cooperation between industry and science. Now the Digital Hub Logistics closes the gap in the innovation chain between pre-competitive research and the transfer of product ideas to the market. The ecosystem extends far beyond Dortmund. Our partner StartPort, the innovation platform for logistics start-ups at the Port of Duisburg, and an extensive cohort of start-ups are part of it as well.


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Joint umbrella brand

The Digital Hub Logistics in Dortmund, supported by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML and the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST, Digital Hub Management GmbH and Duisburger Hafen AG is driving digitalization in Germany’s logistics sector – including goods, data, transport, corporate, and financial logistics. It strengthens the organic and dynamic ecosystem of digital logistics in the Ruhr region – consisting of research and education, industry and SMEs, networks and test beds – and complements it with smart talent, capital, and start-ins. Thus the Digital Hub Logistics creates a highly fascinating environment for companies who want to bring high-potential new digital products to market. Based on an initiative of the digital association Bitkom, the Digital Hub Logistics is part of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) Digital Hub Initiative with a total of 12 hubs. A joint umbrella brand (de:hub) and a joint Hub Agency facilitate networking and the exchange of know-how.

The network

Key initiatives and networks in the ecosystem

Click to learn more about our various initiatives and the ecosystem

Logistics start-up network

Our network includes numerous logistics and IT start-ups. They contribute new and creative business models, and offer insights into the digital world of tomorrow. This is where the start-up mentality is transferred to established companies, and where established companies contribute experience to start-ups. Investors encounter fresh ideas, forming a dynamic ecosystem with our start-ins.