the Next Generation of Mittelstand

A Shared Innovation Ecosystem

Maschinenraum brings together German Mittelstand & family-owned businesses to create desirable futures for generations to come. We aggregate future topics, blend individual experiences and integrate required resources and knowledge to share. We unite German Mittelstand, because we believe in the power of the collective to empower organisations individually.


Awareness & Connections

We create impact by connecting Mittelstand and thought leaders to share new perspectives and adjust to new realities. We offer space to change organisational habits and to work on digital solutions by applying the right methods and routines.


Mindsets & Agendas

We curate formats around future topics to exchange and learn. We provide decision-makers with clarity to understand transformation topics, to find solutions and to make better decisions to drive positive change.


Execution & Collective Actions

We facilitate new projects and cooperations by accelerating implementation of sustainable solutions. We focus on idea validation and offer access to required resources and methods.

Our Members

We create a learning system that thrives on companies opening up and sharing their experiences. Companies benefit from mutual exchange and access to resources, methods, knowledge and infrastructure. Maschinenraum is an initiative by Mittelstand for Mittelstand.

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"German family businesses and Mittelstand companies are a pillar of our prosperity. They generate a large proportion of sales and provide well over half of all jobs in Germany. The ability to innovate is also a key factor for the success of these companies. This is not only measured by the number of innovative products, but also by modern manufacturing processes. If you want to be successful in the market tomorrow, you have to invest in digitization today. And it's also about new business models and modern forms of cooperation. This is where the Maschinenraum initiative can set an example." (Photo: Bundesregierung / Denzel)

Dorothee Bär

Minister of State for Digitalisation at the Federal Chancellery

"There is a wind of change blowing through Europe that is presenting medium-sized companies with new challenges. We at Viessmann have recognised that the opportunities that can arise from this are enormous. Elsewhere, however, it is often fear that prevails. It is therefore all the more important that SMEs, as the backbone of the German economy, now shape this change: Not fearful, but courageous. Not passively, but actively. Not alone, but together. And that is exactly what the Maschinenraum stands for. For German Mut instead of German Angst."

Max Viessmann

Co-CEO Viessmann Group

"Digitalization represents the most promising and at the same time the most important investment opportunity in the coming years, not only in the printing industry but the entire German Mittelstand. The necessity for this was demonstrated to us not least by the Corona crisis. We at APPL saw the crisis as an opportunity and pushed ahead with the transformation process. Together with Maschinenraum, we want to maintain the speed, share our experiences and learn from collaboration with the other companies. We are proud to be part of the innovative ecosystem."

Markus Appl

Managing Director and shareholder, APPL

"NEO66 is LAMY’s innovation unit. Our job is to find, develop and execute innovative, digital or hybrid business models. We are part of Maschinenraum because we are able to meet teams from family-owned and Mittelstand companies that are in a similar situation and face the same challenges. I am looking forward to exchanging with the community and am convinced that we can learn a lot from and with one another. We are all united by one goal: We want to bravely shape the future of Mittelstand."

Christian Wolf

Head of Digital Innovation, NEO66 – a project of C. Josef Lamy GmbH

"Family businesses from the Mittelstand like us shape and support the German economy, be it as job engine or driver for innovation. We are ready and flexible enough to drive new developments – including digitization. This presents us with a major challenge in the construction industry: networking that goes beyond technology. If you want to be successful here, you have to think outside the box and seek dialogue with others. This is also how we see our cooperation with Maschinenraum: In cooperation with other medium-sized companies and start-ups, it offers the necessary space for exchange, impulses and inspiration for new solutions."

Hubert Fritschi

CDO Schöck Group

"Maschinenraum as a co-creation workspace in the startup hub Berlin is the ideal place for us to advance our company building activities in the log-tech area. The agile exchange with other innovative SMEs at Maschinenraum also enables network effects and offers the opportunity to create synergies across industries."

Jens Fiege


"As digitalization has also arrived in the construction industry, Viessmann has taken the initiative in an exemplary fashion, creating space and a network for joint learning and design. As a company with a long tradition, Knauf supports these objectives and wants to be part of this journey of the German Mittelstand."

Jörg Kampmeyer

CEO Knauf

"We are pleased to be part of the Maschinenraum community and have relocated some of our PHOENIX CONTACT Smart Business GmbH employees to Maschinenraum as another step in growth. The goal is to generate more synergies between the startup ecosystem in Berlin, as well as other SMEs and our core business in order to further expand our competencies for data-centric business models. We greatly benefit from Maschinenraum’s network, which offers us an innovative environment with high flexibility and good impulses."

Frank Stührenberg


"A huge value for our country lies in the cooperation between Mittelstand and startups. The Mittelstand is the backbone of our economy and startups are well on their way of fulfilling this role in future. But even more potential can be tapped if both worlds work together and learn from each other. This is where Maschinenraum comes into play. Mittelstand companies benefit from the speed and self-confidence of startups and startups can learn how to build a sustainable business that provides prosperity and work for entire generations."

Christian Miele

Chairman of the German Startups Association

"As with federalism, the decentralised distribution of locations by German SMEs leads to a fairer and more resilient society. The Mittelstand strengthens the democratic balance of the German economy. This balance must prove itself anew in the digital age. Through automation, for example, new structures and working methods are necessary to remain competitive and must hence be proactively promoted. Close networking between Berlin and the decentralised locations, as well as an exchange between companies, is therefore crucial for a digital future to benefit everyone."

Christina Lang

CEO 4Germany

"Family businesses are by far the majority of all companies in Germany and provide most jobs in important sectors. However, digitization poses challenges for companies regardless of size and industry due to changing markets, but at the same time offers enormous opportunities for innovation, new products and solutions. The key to this is collaboration - within one's own organization, across industries and even generations. Maschinenraum offers the ideal framework for this: through exchange and networking between established SMEs, young companies and tech-savvy experts."

Robert Reisch

CDO Alfons W. Gentner Verlag

"As a future-oriented company, Digital Spine re-interprets the role of vertical mobility in the digital transformation of buildings. We are absolutely delighted to be part of Maschinenraum’s interactive innovation ecosystem as it enables us to positively shape the future of German Mittelstand together with other family companies and to further expand our individual initiatives in the field of digitalization."

Simon Vestner

Founder and CEO, Digital Spine GmbH

"German family-owned companies stand for values, cohesion, long-term orientation and regional responsibility. As medium-sized companies and startups meet at eye level, their competencies and strengths complement each other. Modern companies can only meet the challenges of the present and the future through cooperation and openness; the individual company no longer has all the skills and technologies needed to be competitive in highly innovative sectors. With Maschinenraum, a platform that turns experiences and entrepreneurial curiosity into competitive advantages is born. I am pleased that this opens up another new path for SMEs of tomorrow."

Prof. Dieter Kempf

President of the BDI

"The Paracelsus-Kliniken see themselves as home to a distinct social culture. This credo also applies to Maschinenraum. Here, Mittelstand companies can learn from each other and use the power of the collective to support each other, thus avoiding mistakes and enabling scaling that works. Together, we can build our own ecosystem. Maschinenraum helps us on this journey by setting the right course and giving us the necessary guidance."

Fabian Pritzel

CTO Paracelsus-Kliniken

"The most urgent problems of our time require a new culture of cooperation in the economy and society. As the engine of the German economy, small and medium-sized enterprises can become the pace-setter of this change and shape it proactively. This is exactly what the Maschinenraum stands for. For cooperation, co-creation and innovation in German medium-sized businesses. As a shared innovation platform, it enables small and medium-sized companies to understand the future and to shape it boldly."

Tobias Rappers

Managing Director Maschinenraum

Maschinenraum Stories

What topics do our Members work on? What is their perspective on innovation in German Mittelstand? In our Stories, we introduce our Member companies and the people behind them

Recruitment Circle

The Maschinenraum Recruitment Circle brings together recruiting forces of German Mittelstand and family businesses

Innovation Management Circle

For the first time we bring together participants with different expertise: those responsible for innovation in the core businesses and experts in validating new ideas

User Centricity

In our program on User Centricity, we examine all aspects of customer-centric corporate cultures and offer formats to get started right away.

Navigate Corona

We started a program to exchange on most pressing topics and to coordinate initiatives to fight the COVID-19 crisis. It is open to members and non-members of Maschinenraum.

Host your event here

Our inspiring workshop and event spaces are equipped with the latest event technology and flexible furniture that can be arranged according to the size and needs of your event. We also offer you best-in-class event services.

Work from Maschinenraum

We believe that innovation needs space to foster impactful work. On 4.500 m², our co-innovation floors offer fully-equipped studios and open-space desks to enable collaborative and focused work alike.

Join our team

We create the next generation of Mittelstand. We are a purpose-driven team, always looking for new colleagues who share our values and passion for innovation, digital transformation and Mittelstand companies.

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