The ADT is the Federal German association of innovation, technology and business incubation centres as well as science and technology parks. The ADT was founded in 1988 in the former West Berlin at the initiative of the first innovation and start-up centres in Germany. Since then, the number of Innovation Centres has continually grown along with the number of association members – particularly in the new federal states following German reunification. To date, the ADT is the only German institution which has specialised in initiating, supporting and overseeing enterprise start-ups in the form of organised Innovation Centres.
As an association, the ADT supports its member centres in fulfilling their task of initiating and overseeing innovative technology-oriented start-ups. By pursuing this approach, the ADT fosters the growth of small and medium-sized enterprise economy as well as innovation-oriented structural change in all regions of Germany.
The goal of the ADT is to promote technology transfer and innovation as well as business start-ups and enterprise development. It also seeks to further develop the importance and competence of the Innovation Centres in order to support innovative entrepreneurs and to present them appropriately in the public domain. The ADT represents the interests of the Innovation Centres, and thus also fledgling companies, in public areas such as politics, industry, science and the media. As an association, it is thus actively involved in creating favourable framework conditions for innovative start-ups in Germany.
Currently round 150 innovation and business incubator centres are associated to the ADT, with more than 5.800 companies and over 46.000 employees in these centers. The centres successfully outsourced more than 17.400 companies.
- Here you can find a map which shows the location of all ADT-members in Germany.
Please click in one region and all centres in this federal state will be listed together with their adress and contact datas, as well as links to the website of the centres.
- The ADT-board is represented by seven members: the president, two vice-presidents and four additional board members.
Please find here the names and contact datas of the board members.
- Several BioParks and Life Science Centres in Germany are members of ADT. They are organised in a Council of German BIO-Parks (AG BioParks).