frei[raum] opens! New café on the campus in Vaihingen

January 24, 2024

Centrally located on the campus in Vaihingen, the start-up café frei[raum] was opened on November 30, 2023 as part of "Engineering Intelligence - Cyber Valley at the University of Stuttgart".
[Picture: Jan Potente]

The frei[raum] is a café where, in addition to enjoyment, the topic of founding will not be neglected.

Together with the new Chancellor of the University of Stuttgart, Anna Andrea Steiger, and Anna Dannecker (Chairwoman of the University of Stuttgart Student Council), Alexander Brem had the pleasure of opening frei[raum].

The hybrid concept in the frei[raum] café sees the workspace area being used for start-up-related activities while the stuvus frei{raum] team offers coffee specialties. In the future, frei[raum] will offer workshops on the topic of "founding", startups presenting their projects and exhibits and also consultation hours with startup coaches. These offers are open and freely accessible to all interested parties at the University of Stuttgart. Anyone interested in a delicious coffee in a relaxed atmosphere or the path to entrepreneurship now has a new opportunity to find out about this topic, network and exchange ideas at frei[raum].

However, frei[raum] is not "just" for working. Rather, the hybrid concept envisages that the workspace will be supplemented by a café. This will be run and managed by the University of Stuttgart's student representation (stuvus). The focus here is primarily on eco-certified, regional and sustainable products.

Andreas Wahl is responsible for the frei[raum] project and is the contact person for start-up issues, while stuvus is responsible for everything to do with the café. Andreas has nothing but positive things to say about the project and is already looking forward to an "official" coffee or two: "The collaboration with stuvus was and is super great. It's a lot of fun. Unofficially, I've already been able to try a coffee. It tasted excellent, by the way. I hope that the concept will inspire students and employees of the University of Stuttgart alike".

Regular operation from February

frei[raum] is still putting the finishing touches to the café until it can go into regular operation and open its doors to the campus public. "We are now in the final stages with the license and think that we will finally be fully open in February. It will be an exciting start to the year," says Matthias Erhardt, contact person for frei[raum] at stuvus.

Thanks to the services offered by stuvus and its excellent location, the frei[raum] will become a meeting center in the heart of the Vaihingen campus.


This image shows Andreas Wahl

Andreas Wahl

Dr. rer. pol.

Head of Teaching

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