The institute is an interdisciplinary interface between engineering, natural, and economic sciences. We combine these sciences within the institute and in collaboration with external partners from science and business. In the area of technology transfer we aim to work with long-term sustainable alliances.

From research to practice

Research and teaching activities are at the core of an university since ever. This picture is completed by a structured transfer approach to make an impact in society. 

Hence, our approach is not only talking about innovation and entrepreneurship, but also supporting it in every aspect, together with our ecosystem.

An important part is also the communication to and with the external stakeholders. Here we are engaged in in many formats, which you can find in our events and news overviews. 

Podcast "Made in Science"

Duration: 27:31 | Source: YouTube

Open lecture series on Entrepreneurship

At the institute, the alignment of research, teaching, and knowledge transfer is a key concern. Therefore, knowledge transfer activities have a very high priority.

Prof. Alexander Brem, Director

Our offer

Coaching for founders

Whether you have an invention, a start-up idea or an interest in founding a company, our team of experienced coaches with different professional backgrounds will support you in all areas of entrepreneurship. From idea development and potential analysis, to conception and business plan, to support programs and successful follow-up financing. We offer start-up consulting for all those interested in founding a company.

In addition, our start-up coaches together with the consultants of the Technology Transfer Initiative offer support and advice on the classic EXIST programs, such as the EXIST Start-up Grant or the EXIST Transfer of Research, as well as the Junge Innovatoren Program.

We advise on internal and external accelerator programs, such as Start-up BW ASAP, the Gründermotor Meisterklasse, etc.

Our Startup-Coaches

Let US start! Teaching and further education

Our approach goes beyond the range of courses we offer. With the goal of enabling students to develop into self-reliant entrepreneurs, we have created a continuously growing portfolio of programs that support great teams with teaching, coaching, and further developent in our ecosystem.

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Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

New and aspiring entrepreneurs have the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs in participating countries. Our institute is supporting such activities.

Find more information here

Entrepreneurship Spaces

Spread over the campus we provide you with places where you can creatively progress your projects. This includes the frei[raum], a creative and event space on the Campus Vaihingen. In addition, a makerspace is being created in the ARENA 2036, where you can not only develop your ideas in the future, but also put them into practise.

  • Our Innovation Lab is perfect to get your idea and innovation process in shape
  • In the Free Space you can work on your business plans and pitches
  • The Makerspace offers everything for prototype construction and MVP development.

Innovative teams and start-ups can also rent air-conditioned office and laboratory space at the university's TTI Technology Center.

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The integration with the start-up ecosystem is a crucial pillar of our interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach. We are therefore involved in numerous regional and international projects. We are happy to pass on the advantages and opportunities that arise from this networking to our students and start-up teams.

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Birgit Wittorf


Team Assistant

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