TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe

Business Location Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion

Our region's strengths lie in its diverse range of industries and an innovative small-business sector that specializes in a variety of market niches across all of our cities and communities. It is also home to world famous corporations, which have their headquarters or subsidiaries here. 

Investors, meanwhile, can access more than 1,000 hectares of industrial property just waiting to be developed. Our cities and communities offer a number of well-established business locations, including conversion areas such as the Cité in Baden-Baden and Baden Airpark in Rheinmünster; expansive industrial areas like Wörth am Rhein; as well as Technology Park Karlsruhe, Technologie- und Ökologiedorf (TED) in nearby Bruchsal, and the Bühl Innovation and Technology Center (BITZ).

The Chambers of Trade and Industry as well as the Chamber of Crafts are strong partners for businesses in the region and give advice on a number of topics, including business creation and start-ups, vocational training and foreign investment locations.

A Selection of Companies in the TRK

The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is home to world-class companies, leading innovators and mid-sized market leaders. Get here a selection.

More information

The local information system SIS and the commercial property atlas published by the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry can provide further detailed information on available offers. 

Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK)

IHK Karlsruhe

In their position as one of the region's leading centers of information and advisory support, the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IHK ) within the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion seek to set the best possible stage for the foundation of new companies.


The Chambers of Commerce provide advice on entering self-employment, information and consulting on all aspects of starting a business, and assistance in developing business plans, among other services. Furthermore, they offer opinions on how goods should be differentiated with respect to their inner-city relevance, support inner city, urban and regional marketing efforts, and support the tradition of retail businesses in the inner city.


In addition, the IHK is the right point of contact in the field of training and vocational advancement.


Along with rendering statements on current and fundamental topics, the IHK informs about the latest developments and regulations (concerning mandatory bottle deposits, for instance).


The IHK also gathers information for companies seeking to import or export goods or learn more about investment locations abroad. Meanwhile, the competence center Baden-Württemberg International carries out the state's market development measures both in Germany and around the world while encouraging the participation of company groups in foreign business conventions. The foreign trade portal iXPOS also provides access to all of the services Germany's ministries, chambers, state associations, and similar organizations offer to promote the German economy's exports and overall trade abroad.


The IHK's further responsibilities include supplying information and advice on questions of competition law concerning advertising and special sales, as well as on issues related to trade, corporate, tax, and business law. The IHK is also an optimal source of facts and figures in a wide variety of areas (such as price trends and profit situations).


Take advantage of the comprehensive services provided by the IHK's helpful employees, who will be happy to inform you about many individual aspects of your business – including customer retention, EC card fees, store opening hours, and how to handle instances of shoplifting. You can also obtain details on the special preconditions and responsible entities involved in the granting of permits and additional monitoring in sectors that require such measures.

At a glance

The IHK offers services in the following areas:

  • Local policy
  • Start-up support and other business promotion
  • Training and vocational advancement
  • Innovation and the environment
  • International affairs
  • Law and fair practices
  • Business activity, employment, statistics
  • Individual consulting

IHK locations in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion

The IHK's three service centers are available to all of its members: 

  • IHK Karlsruhe
  • Main branch in Baden-Baden
  • Branch office in Bruchsal

Here, you can obtain initial professional assistance with various area-specific issues, as well as brochures and tips on other sources of information. If you need to discuss a particular matter with a specialist, these locations can help you get in touch with the right person. Meanwhile, simply calling one of the service centers is often enough to find the answers to many questions. 

IHK Karlsruhe

Service portfolio:

  • Issue of certificates of origin
  • Issue of carnets
  • Sale of foreign trade forms
  • Export consulting
  • Advice on starting or solidifying a new business
  • Consulting on corporate succession planning
  • Guidance regarding subsidies
  • Advice in crisis situations
  • Business exchange service
  • Issue of IHK legal guidebooks

Main branch in Baden-Baden

Service portfolio:

  • Issue of certificates of origin
  • Issue of carnets
  • Sale of foreign trade forms
  • Export consulting
  • Appointment of authorized experts
  • Issue of documents concerning the foundation of new businesses
  • Issue of IHK legal guidebooks
  • Procedures involved in informing bar and restaurant owners of mandatory food and hygiene regulations

Branch office in Bruchsal

Service portfolio:

  • Issue of certificates of origin
  • Issue of carnets
  • Sale of foreign trade forms
  • Export consulting
  • Issue of documents concerning the foundation of new businesses
  • Issue of IHK legal guidebooks

Contact Karlsruhe

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Karlsruhe

Lammstraße 13-17
76133 Karlsruhe
Tel. +49 (0)721 174 0
Fax +49 (0)721 174 240

Opening hours:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Contact Baden-Baden

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Baden-Baden

Ms. Monika Fütterer
Lichtentaler Straße 92
76530 Baden-Baden
Tel. +49 (0)721 174 452

Ms. Iris Peuker
Tel. +49 (0)721 174 453

Opening hours:
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Contact Bruchsal

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bruchsal

Ms. Sigrid Gebhard
Simon-Hegele-Straße 3
76689 Karlsdorf-Neuthard
Tel. +49 (0)721 174 450

Ms. Claudia Wieser
Tel. +49 (0)721 174 450

Opening hours:
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Karlsruhe's Chamber of Crafts (HWK)

The skilled crafts sector in the Middle Upper Rhine and Northern Black Forest regions counts among one of the largest economic branches in Germany. As this sector's self-administrative body, the Karlsruhe Chamber of Crafts (HWK) represents the interests of local tradespeople and performs numerous regulatory tasks. These include keeping the official register of local tradespeople and apprentices, monitoring training and assessment processes, appointing authorized experts, and providing expert opinions and qualification certificates. Meanwhile, the chamber's two branch offices in Baden-Baden and Pforzheim put it in an excellent position to offer its services throughout the area. 

Representing the interests of the skilled crafts industry

The HWK seeks to support the output of companies in the skilled crafts sector and aid tradespeople in developing successful careers.

Providing consulting services free of charge

The chamber offers its members practical expert advice according to their particular needs. Its service portfolio spans all areas of everyday business operations, from labor law to environmental issues.

Vocational Training: innovative and successful

Training and ongoing vocational development is another area in which the HWK stands ready to provide advice and support to companies, employees, and apprentices, as well as to young people and their parents. To learn more, please visit the website of the HWK's vocational education academy.

At a glance

  • Represents the interests of the skilled crafts industry
  • Provides free consulting to its members 
  • Serves as a contact point for all entities involved in training and ongoing vocational advancement (entrepreneurs, employees, apprentices, young people, and parents)

ServiceZentrum of the Karlsruhe Chamber of Crafts

The HWK's service center can be found in the entrance area of the chamber's facilities in Karlsruhe. It is meant to serve as a central point of contact capable of leveraging the HWK's entire portfolio to address any industry issue. The center renders basic services in all of the chamber's departments in a fast, straightforward manner.

Meanwhile, the center's offerings are further supplemented by those of the Starter Center. Here, entrepreneurs can fill out all the forms required (by the HWK, the local trade office, the fiscal authorities, and the respective trade association, for instance) to start a business with the help of an advisor. This greatly simplifies the process of registering a new business.


Service overview:

  • General advice and information on laws pertaining to the skilled crafts sector
  • Information from the official register of local tradespeople
  • Answers to questions about ongoing training offered by the HWK's vocational academy
  • Consulting for start-ups and for succession issues
  • Assistance in securing public financial aid
  • Basic information on the region's company marketplace
  • Information on authorized experts, guilds, and guild chairpersons
  • Information on apprenticeships within the HWK's purview
  • Assistance in registering at the Starter Center





Handwerkskammer Karlsruhe

Friedrichsplatz 4-5
76133 Karlsruhe
Tel. +49 (0)721 1600-0
Fax +49 (0)721 1600-199

Business hours
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Service Zentrum HWK

Handwerkskammer Karlsruhe
Friedrichsplatz 4-5
76133 Karlsruhe


Ms. Silke Harnapp
Business management consulting
Tel. +49 (0)721 1600 153
Fax +49 (0)721 1600 59153

Mr. Helmut Arbogast
Advisory team for assistance in procuring suitable apprenticeships
Tel. +49 (0)721 1600 154
Fax +49 (0)721 1600 59154