The strong and differentiated SME landscape in the Cologne area requires as a central digital hub in Cologne - effective and integrated into the sector economic activities. After extensive discussions with associations, companies, startups, politics and social groups, the University of Cologne, the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the City of Cologne have emerged as the ideal founding partners of the Digital Hub Cologne company:
- The University of Cologne as a know-how pool carrier and innovator for knowledge and skills transfer.
- The Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the largest chamber in NRW with close contact to the medium-sized companies within the area Leverkusen / Rhein-Berg, Oberberg, Rhein-Erft) and Initiator of Digital Cologne.
- The city of Cologne as competence center for economic development and politics.
The shareholder structure is characterized by a stability, sustainability, differentiated networking, neutrality, transparency and structural policy interest (strengthening of the scientific and business location, digitization as a local site factor).
The legal structure of a GmbH has been chosen after close examination, because an association is an institution for general advocacy. The hub - as part of a dynamic economic process – requires a business-oriented organization in order to be an integral part of economic activities.
The shareholders have received a strong support of their governing bodies to implement the Digital Hub Cologne.