AI empowers us,
to shape the future

We want to use the great AI potential for research, development, learning, founding, producing and free experimentation!

Our Vision

About Ipai

Artificial intelligence is the essential future and key technology and enables us to solve the challenges of the next decades. Only if the German economy creates a leading position in value creation in the field of AI can it maintain its competitiveness and actively shape sustainable and ethical values. By working together in the ecosystem, this transformation succeeds – by pooling resources.

The Ipai aims to be that platform. On-site and virtually, we advance value creation in the field of artificial intelligence. By connecting application and transformation partners and creating common use cases. We are building the place where ideas can be rethought, tried and relearned in an inspiring environment. With the goal of developing new business ideas and business models through AI solutions.

The main activities in the Ipai unfold along the thematic clusters, which reflect the economic and scientific competencies of Baden-Württemberg in general and the Heilbronn-Franken region in particular, but at the same time offer a high connectivity and openness to other thematic and innovation fields. Along the clusters, research, AI development and entrepreneurial use cases are brought together. The clusters are:

  • Production & Logistics
  • Trade & Distribution
  • Public service & services of general interest
  • Life Science

At the same time, we want to give all interested parties the opportunity to approach the topic of artificial intelligence and enable a discussion for everyone through various offers.

Ipai Ecosystem

Get to know the team

The Ipai Team

Moritz Gräter

Moritz Gräter

Sophie Heinz

Sophie Heinz

Brand, Communications
Benjamin Schiller

Dr. Benjamin Schiller

Finance, Real Estate, Public Sector
Anna Wacker

Anna Wacker

Cooperations, People & Culture
Kai Hartmann

Kai Hartmann

Ipai Campus
Our Origins

From the origin we venture a look into the future

The genesis:

Back in 2018, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism came up with the initial idea for an AI Baden-Württemberg Innovation Park. A place where research, experimentation and information can take place on the topic of artificial intelligence.
A feasibility study by the Ministry of Economic Affairs involving stakeholders and the public then formed the basis for the competition to select a site for the AI Baden-Württemberg Innovation Park of the state of Baden-Württemberg. As a result of the site selection competition, the Council of Ministers approved the decision on July 27, 2021, to realize the Baden-Württemberg Innovation Park AI in Heilbronn with funding from the state.

Today: As early as 2022, we will be able to lay the foundation for the establishment of a leading European innovation ecosystem consisting of business, science and intermediary players. The city of Heilbronn and the Stadtsiedlung Heilbronn provide localities in the Wohlgelegen area. On this Ipai campus, our community can grow and take advantage of the first offerings.

2024: We are speeding up so that our Ipai Campus at Zukunftspark Wohlgelegen can grow from 2024 onwards. Through an expansion, we will create the possibilities for applied research and development, research labs, a data center and other spaces so that our community can continue to grow together.

In the future: On a total area of up to 23 ha, the spatial, conceptual and IT-technical infrastructures will be built on the Steinäcker in the final construct of the Ipai. At the same time, the Ipai will provide attractive non-profit offers to bring together the areas of living, learning, culture and working.

qm ab Juli 2022
Unterstützende Unternehmen
Mio € Investment
Hektar verfügbare Fläche

Sponsored by the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg

Many people stonewall digital innovations because they may not understand them. AI is a highly complex topic that requires explanation. The more concrete examples and small practical applications there are for it, the more likely people are to see the change as an opportunity. Innovation centers like the IPAI pool knowledge, talent and help improve products. It is precisely this kind of education that is needed to make AI accessible.

Miriam Wohlfarth
Fintech serial founder and co-CEO Banxware