Stuttgart is known for its innovation and economic success

Europe-wide the Stuttgart region accounts for the second largest number of patent registrations. On average, companies based in the region register more than 3,600 patents each year. This is partly due to the excellent tightly connected scientific and research network. Stuttgart is one of Germany's and Europe's leading research location.Two universities, six universities of applied sciences, two Max Planck institutes, five Fraunhofer Institutes, one location of the national aeronautics and space search centre (DLR) and other renowned public and private higher education establishments and research institutions are located in the region. Stuttgart counts to the location with the highest density of academic institutions in Germany. They all contribute to Stuttgart being one of the most innovative, productive and high-achiving economic regions.