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Karlsruhe Cluster Mapping

CYBERFORUM  

CyberForum is one of the biggest and fastest growing IT-networks in Germany and part of the biggest Software-Cluster in Europe. As a non-profit association founded in 1997 it is a support organisation for start-ups and young entrepreneurs in the Region of Karlsruhe. Its rich set of key stakeholders exceeds 1,000 members, including State/Regional public authorities, SMEs and large enterprises.

The region of Karlsruhe is one of the most prominent European ICT clusters according to the European Cluster Observatory. Leading edge projects have contributed to the local development of technologies that continue to shape the future of Internet and mobile services. www.cyberforum.de

 

V-LINC ANALYSIS RESULTS:

  • Individual Linkages: 382
  • Employment Range: Small (<50) to Medium (>50 to < 250).

SUMMARY STATISTICS:

 

LOCAL LINKAGES – CYBERFORUM:


NATIONAL LINKAGES – CYBERFORUM:


EUROPEAN LINKAGES – CYBERFORUM:


INTERNATIONAL LINKAGES – CYBERFORUM:

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF CYBERFORUM CLUSTER ECOSYSTEM RESULTS:

  • Karlruhe’s ICT sector shows a connected local industry, with local linkages to industry associations (CyberForum and Bwcon) R&D linkages (FZI and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), government agencies and industry peers.
  • Of the 382 linkages recorded, 39% are local linkages, 37% are national, 20% European and only 4% international however, international linkages are perceived as most important.
  • It is strikingly apparent that the ICT firms in Karlsruhe have a heavy reliance on Karlsruhe and Germany for input factors and specialist services such as materials, services, technology and capital.
  • In regard to demand conditions, Karlsruhe ICT firms serve sophisticated and demanding customers which are based in the local, national and European market. Interestingly, local outputs linkages are perceived as most important to the firms.
  • Strong competition and co-operation locally are key drivers of clusters (Porter, 1998): ICT firms surveyed in Karlsruhe compete but also cooperate directly with each other, as reported within the industry peer category where numerous local connections between the respondent firm group exist.
  • 80% of R&D linkages occur in Germany. The majority of these engagements are with academic institutes and research centres, yet the majority of linkages at all geographic scopes are being reported in the low and tenuous bands.
  • Comparing Karlsruhe ICT with the industry cluster model shows that the majority of the elements required for an ICT cluster are in place in Karlsruhe.

 

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