Paths are short in Dresden. Almost every place can be reached in 20 minutes. Not like in Berlin, Germany’s start-up capital, where you often need three times as long to get to your destination. That is an advantage that the city on the Elbe has to offer, and one reason why so many companies have settled here. Nevertheless: short classification. “We are not the center of the world,” says Robert Franke, head of the city’s economic development office. On the contrary, there is enormous competition here from many other locations – in Germany, in Europe, around the globe.
“We hardly have any Dax companies here,” says Franke. Or rather: Not only the DAX companies are missing, the big companies in general. “Everyone is me