Industries of the future

Automotive industry, artificial intelligence and robotics, healthcare, the logistics and transport sector, the energy industry and the service sector for communication - these sectors are currently among the so-called future sectors.


If a sector promises permanent, attractive demand and growth potential in the medium and long term, it is one of the future industries. How a good and innovative idea develops depends on many factors - and thus of course also on the industry in which you want to start up.

But just as little as you base your basic considerations on founding your own on the selection of a future industry, just as little a master baker will think about how he can develop an innovation for the telecommunications sector on the way to self-employment.

Rather, it is primarily worth taking a careful look at the industries of the future: Are there any points of contact for your start-up project? Because, in addition to new sectors, the sectors of the future can also include very traditional sectors in transition. What needs in these industries could you meet? Which developments in one of these future industries will have an impact on your corporate planning? Are there target groups overlapping or is there perhaps a completely new target group for your company as a result of developments and trends in an industry of the future? Which future industries are particularly well represented in the immediate vicinity, in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region? Where are exchange and participation exciting for you?

Digital business models are particularly promising when considering future industries, as their innovations are often used in many areas. But a more detailed examination is also worthwhile for all other business models - and if it only serves to address target groups more precisely in the immediate corporate environment.

At this point we present two future industries that meet well-networked cooperation in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. We will gradually add the latest news.  


A very recent example from the healthcare sector in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region is a new network: Initiated by large research institutions such as the Heidelberg University Hospital, the German Cancer Research Center, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and the Max-Planck -Institute for Medical Research, a network of science, business and cities in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region has formed in order to exploit the enormous potential of scientific excellence Health / life sciences (medicine, biology, chemistry, pharmacy and engineering) in the metropolitan region. More start-ups and products in the life science sector are to be created. As network coordinator Dr. Tilman Krauch, Freudenberg board member and innovation driver on the board of the Future Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar Association, announced that an action plan should be presented by autumn 2020.
Healthcare is an industry with huge growth opportunities. Prevention, medication, medical technology and the latest diagnostic methods - health care is getting better and better, and people's lifespan and quality of life are increasing. Digital data is also becoming more and more central in this area: from modern diagnostic process concepts to digital health assistants to technology-based treatment measures - the branch of health care primarily serves to further develop the possibilities that are possible within medicine. Everyone involved should benefit, both the medical staff and the person to be treated. Developments such as software offers, HealthCare apps and e-health developments have the greatest prospect of success. The optimization of outdated methods, the digital analysis and documentation of test results are just examples of promising ideas. But also financial technology solutions are interesting, for example when it comes to the settlement with the health insurance companies.


Over 256.000 companies with around 1,2 million employees are active in the cultural and creative industries in Germany. The cultural and creative industries include all activities related to culture and media in the broadest sense.

The basis of this branch are the people themselves, with their creative and creative activities. Musicians * and classical artists * fall under this category as well as people from the software and game industry, advertising, the press and architecture. They mainly deal with the creation, production and (media) distribution of their cultural and creative goods and services. Traditional economic sectors, new technologies and modern forms of information and communication are combined with one another.

Even if this industry is struggling particularly hard due to COVID 19: It has been developing into a strong branch of the economy since the late 1980s. In terms of added value, their contribution to overall economic performance has long since exceeded that of many other industries.

The federal states and municipalities have recognized the importance of correct promotion of the cultural and creative industries and are setting up more and more contact points. Because the cultural environment of a region is often also an important point for a company to settle in a location.
The Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region is a cultural and creative region: This is demonstrated by outstanding training facilities such as the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, the Faculty of Design at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences or the numerous courses of study at universities for the cultural and creative field. This is also evident in institutions such as the cultural office of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, the “Kulturvision Rhein-Neckar”, which describes the guidelines for coordinated and long-term cultural development in the border triangle of Baden-Hesse-Palatinate as a shared self-image of culture, business and administration Lively exchange in networks, start-up centers, cooperation exchanges, funding or in current initiatives:

Culture in the MRN

“With the Kulturvision we have developed a clear strategy for regional cultural work in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. We distinguish ourselves in particular through the first vision goal: The fact that we understand and use culture and art as engines for social and regional development clearly distinguishes us from other regions. " Peter Kurz, Lord Mayor of the City of Mannheim and spokesman for the "Kulturvision" working group

Cultural vision of the Rhine-Neckar

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