Innovation in Munich

An ecosystem brings together cutting-edge research, start-ups and world market leaders to make Bavaria's capital city one of Europe's strongest metropolitan innovation drivers. ONE MUNICH strategically expands this network.

Shot of the city of Munich from above with a panorama of the Alps in the background

Munich is famous as a world-class metropolitan center of research, start-ups and technology: In 2014 the European Commission declared Munich a leading center for information and communication technologies in Europe, even ranking the city ahead of London and Paris. The honor is due in no small part to internationally renowned non-university research facilities like the Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Center and the Leibniz Association, leading high-tech corporations, an excellently networked start-up scene and two excellent local universities.

This living ecosystem also receives public support: The strategic intermeshing of business and science in the State of Bavaria complements the Excellence Strategy of the German state and federal governments. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) work together to coordinate several Excellence Clusters.

ONE MUNICH Strategy Forum – TUM and LMU work shoulder to shoulder

The ONE MUNICH Strategy Forum was established in 2021 by TUM and LMU with the support of the Bavarian Ministry of Science and Art to consolidate scientific potentials and to strengthen Munich as an attractive location in the international scene. In addition to the two scientific partners, Munich is also home to a variety of non-university institutions. Their objective: Early recognition of promising future-oriented fields and networked participating in research projects.

The alliance projects are financed jointly by the two Universities of Excellence and under the Hightech Agenda Bavaria, as well as by other participating partners.

Alliance projects answer the questions of the future

The ONE MUNICH Strategy Forum has already produced three interdisciplinary projects covering Biofabrication, Quantum Communication and Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

TUM as an interface to business and society

At TUM we work to highly emphasize innovative strength in all phases of the academic track. And we succeed: The university regularly achieves top-rated rankings by the "start-up radar" of the German business community's innovation agency Stifterverband for German Science; TUM also generates a constant stream of new tech start-ups and patent applications.

Numerous projects and initiatives keep research fit for business and network the start-up scene both on-campus and beyond. The Munich eco-system benefits from this lively corporate culture, which begins as early as in the lecture hall – and at the same time offers the optimum conditions for making your own ideas reality.