These hubs are within food, healthcare, cleantech, ICT and creative industries with a focus on film, fashion, design and architecture. The high concentration of advanced knowledge, innovation hubs and talent gives companies the perfect conditions for cutting-edge innovation and development.

Explore our innovation district

Agro Food Park
The ambition is to be the leading innovation and growth centre for food in Denmark - and among the best in the world. Here future products will be created by exciting companies along with research and education institutions. Today, about 1,200 people in Agro Food Park are spread over 80 companies and knowledge institutions.

Danish Life Science District
The life science hub in Skejby/Aarhus includes the largest university hospital in Denmark, some of the country’s strongest research and education institutions in life science and health technology as well as incubator environments for startups and scaleups. More than 15,000 employees and students work in the area spread over more than 50 companies, knowledge and education institutions, public and private hospitals, etc.

Katrinebjerg is Aarhus’ ICT and tech hub. The area is home to more than 120 companies, research and education institutions with a total of over 3,000 employees and students. The area’s degree programmes and research are internationally recognized. International companies such as Google, Uber and WM Ware have established development centres here.

The creative industries such as fashion, film, architecture and design are evolving. Powerful brands like Bestseller, Hummel and Minimum as well as degree programmes at VIA University College and the fashion hub provide a thriving, stimulating ecosystem. Architecture and design, flagship companies as C.F. Møller, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Arkitema and Designit and the Aarhus School of Architure create a fantastic foundation for further development. Film City Aarhus is strengthening the visual digital industry and joining their growth and expertise to other industries.

Navitas is Denmark’s innovation and education centre within cleantech, energy and related technologies. Navitas creates a knowledge ecosystem that breaks down boundaries between its participants; researchers, education, entrepreneurs and businesses.

(The Light Rail) is the latest addition to Aarhus’ public transportation network. The inner section consists of 12 kilometers of rail track and stretches from the Southern Business Region through the main train station to Agro Food Park and beyond.

Aarhus University has more than 39,000 students and 10,900 employees. Among more than 17,000 universities worldwide, Aarhus University is in the top 100 on several influential rankings.

VIA University College offers a wide range of degree programmes in subjects including health, social education, technology, trade, design, business and animation. There are 9,600 students spread over 23 Danish and international degree programmes at the two campuses in Aarhus.

Business Academy Aarhus is one of the largest business academies in Denmark. BAA is a school of Applied Sciences that develops and offers practice-orientated higher education progammes primarily for the private business sector. BAA has more than 4.900 full-time students (700 are international students).

The Aarhus School of Architecture has 150 employees and 800 students, including 175 international students. A new campus is being built in the creative district around the old freight yard. The new campus is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Denmark has seven government-approved research and technology organizations (GTS Institutes) with a total of 3,800 employees. The institutes play a key role in the Danish innovation system as the link between technology and business. Four of the seven institutes are located in Aarhus. These are: Alexandra Institute, DHI – Water and Environment, DTI – Danish Technological Institute and FORCE Technology.