FUBIC is the future
The FUBIC (short for Business and Innovation Center next to Freie Universität Berlin Campus) is currently being developed on a premises in the direct vicinity to Freie Universität Berlin (FUB University). The soon-to-be Innovation Campus will be home to technology-focused start-ups and young companies in the fields of life sciences, health, and computer science. Located on Fabeckstrasse in Berlin-Dahlem amidst a park-like area with many old trees, its centrepiece – the new innovation centre in the former US military hospital building – will attract up to 80 companies once the building is completed.
The FUBIC building itself as well as the entire campus infrastructure is funded by the Joint Federal/Länder Task for the Improvement of Regional Economic Structures (GRW). GRW funds account for 90% of the entire project.
Dahlem: Inspiringly close
With 35,000 students, excellent research, a dense network, and diverse cooperation agreements, Free University Berlin is one of those universities in Germany with the most start-up activity. In addition to Free University, the academic environment in Dahlem boasts numerous, renowned non-university research facilities, including Max Planck Institute, BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, and Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), making FUBIC an ideal location for knowledge-based start-ups and research spin-offs.
New Innovation Campus
The FUBIC is at the heart of this completely new Innovation Campus and also the nucleus of a wider innovation region in Berlin’s South-West (“Zukunftsort Südwest”). Around the innovation centre, private investors are building six additional office and laboratory buildings for established companies or the business founders who want to use other spaces on the Innovation Campus after moving out of the FUBIC premises.
The gross floor area of the entire campus is approximately 66,000 square metres, which are split between the FUBIC with about 30,000 square metres and the six other buildings with 3,000 to 6,500 square metres each. Sixty percent of the space available at FUBIC’s is reserved for business founders.
FUBIC offers modern workspaces for knowledge-based industries in a green living environment and in the direct vicinity to science and research facilities. This will include offices, physical and chemical labs, and flexible co-working spaces, where individuals or entire company departments can rent the space they need. The FUBIC Innovation Centre enables start-ups to hit the ground running with a perfect infrastructure and state-of-the-art technical equipment at a great price.
Also for established companies
Since one section of FUBIC – the fifth floor – is being developed without the use of public funding, it does not have any limitations on age and size of the companies settling in. The top floor of FUBIC’s total six stories will also be a home for established companies who seek to be closer to science, research, and young start-ups.
Expertise from Berlin
The state-run WISTA Management GmbH is building and operating FUBIC Innovation Centre on behalf of the State of Berlin. WISTA is bringing in its expertise across Berlin as an experienced site developer, service provider, and business promoter. In addition to the Science and Technology Park Berlin Adlershof, WISTA also runs the Charlottenburg Innovation Centre – CHIC, which is home to many spin-off companies from Berlin’s Technical University (TU).