IT City Katrinebjerg, located in Aarhus, Jutland, aims to become an international power centre for IT based business development, IT research, IT training and a world-class innovation environment. The ambitious Master Plan 2011 was presented this week by a number of prominent figures including the Danish Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Helge Sander.
Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, rector of the University of Aarhus says: "Master Plan 2011 for Katrinebjerg builds on the established collaboration model, but the intensity and the level of ambition is increased. The Engineering College of Aarhus will move its electronics and IT courses to the area, so that all MSc degree courses in IT of the University of Aarhus will be based in Katrinebjerg."
In September, IT House Katrinebjerg was inaugurated, and the premises are already fully occupied with 62 SMEs. There are plans to increase the available space to house more companies. As a whole, IT City Katrinebjerg currently occupies about 35,000 m2, an area which is expected to more than quadruple to 150,000 m2.
Two US companies are on their way to establishing businesses in Katrinebjerg, Google and WMware, a Silicon Valley based software firm. Arne Vollertsen, head of communication at the Alexandra Institute in Katrinebjerg comments: "We are allowed to say that Google has signed a leasing contract, but we cannot disclose where they will set up or how much space they will have."
The news was widely reported in the Danish press.