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Vision and Mission: Shaping the Digital Change

The L3S Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) helps companies make the most of the opportunities offered by digital technologies and remain competitive in the face of digital change. We support you in mastering the manifold challenges of digitalization. Our offer covers the entire innovation process - especially in the areas of intelligent production, mobility and medicine. In addition, we support you in your digitization process in legal, ethical and security matters.

Special Focus: Artificial Intelligence

Our special focus is on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Artificial intelligence is an important development in the field of data processing and has the potential to fundamentally change the economy and society. By using AI technologies, companies can significantly increase their productivity. To do this, companies need to understand how AI works and how important quality and quantity of training data are. The DIH helps companies to exploit the enormous potential offered by AI and to reduce the fear of the supposed mammoth task, as even small and medium-sized companies can benefit from AI-controlled processes.

One-Stop Shop for Digitisation

The L3S Digital Innovation Hub is your central point of contact for sustainable digital transformation, covering all necessary competencies and services - from research and development to training, consulting and financing. Contact us for help with your company's digitization process or if you have an innovative idea for a digital startup.

Service Offer


The rapidly increasing availability of digital data and mobile sensing, combined with advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques, opens up entirely new possibilities for predicting, controlling and improving the future course of processes in different application areas of the manufacturing and service-oriented economy.

The L3S bundles the necessary core competences in the fields of computer science and law in order to develop intelligent, reliable and responsible systems for digital transformation and is open for joint research and development projects with companies.


The Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Machine Tools also implements digitization projects in cooperation with companies. With bilateral, collaborative or pre-competitive research cooperations and its services, IFW ensures that research and training are close to applications and that know-how is quickly transferred from the university to industry.

With Mit uns digital!, IFW implements digitization projects with small and medium-sized enterprises. The duration is between three and six months. Interested companies can apply at any time with a specific idea. Which projects will be implemented will be decided by a jury.


hannoverimpuls offers individual and strictly confidential advice in order to identify and develop new innovative technologies, products or services in your company. In addition, hannoverimpuls offers extensive support in the area of ​​financing and funding opportunities.

Consulting services include, among others, the selection, analysis and valuation of funding from the Hannover Region, the Länder, the Federal Government and the European Union, as well as venture capital and equity mezzanine. 


The NBank also informs and advises on suitable innovation support programmes for your company.



hannoverimpuls has the appropriate answers for (almost) all questions concerning going into business independently. The first place to contact is the Hannover start-up workshop (Gründungswerkstatt Hannover) which not only offers seminars and consulting, but also makes it possible to elaborate business plans online from the comfort of your own home.




The "starting business" service offered at Leibniz Universität Hannover provides support to students and research staff of all faculties in turning innovative ideas into workable business concepts.




The L3S Entrepreneurship Center advice students and scientists on their business idea, especially in the area of artificial intelligence. and offers workspace and mentoring for university teams with innovative and sustainable digital business ideas.



VentureVilla is an independent seed accelerator that addresses innovative early stage startups in the software and web-based technology sector. With its 100-day-program, VentureVilla Accelerator supports the participating teams with venture capital and also with individual mentoring, workshops and coaching from experienced founders and mentors from different sectors.





Invest-Impuls offers founders and young companies venture capital, thereby taking on a share of the risks and opportunities. In addition to access to the capital market, there is also excellent support through external and professional fund management.

Invest-Impuls brings together two regional funds, one for the seed and one for the start-up phase. It is well positioned with a total of EUR 28 million in capital resources. Young high-tech companies from the Hannover region can receive up to 1.5 million euros in equity capital.


The qualification of your employees is crucial when it comes to making your company fit for the digital future. The DIH partners offer bundled know-how on different topics of digitization and demonstrate possible applications.



The competence centre mit uns digital! offers 24 different training topics - from data acquisition on machine tools to legal topics of digitization.


The Applied Machine Learning Academy (AMA) offers a rich portfolio of ML training units - courses as well as labs for hands-on experiences - and an expertise sharing network. The focus is on foundational ML competences for intelligent production (Industry 4.0).






The mit uns digital! Mobile Factory brings demonstrators and digitization solutions directly to the companies.The mit uns digital! Lab Tour also features live demonstrations in the General Factory and the Expert Factories.


In addition to training courses, the DIH also offers events that provide information about the potential of digitization, present successful digitization examples from companies, promote networking and encourage joint projects.




Events by L3S and partners:


Event calendar by "Mit uns digital!":