Connecting with the start-up ecosystem is a crucial pillar of our interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach. Therefore, we are involved in numerous regional as well as international projects.

Exi+ - Regionale Vernetzung

The University of Stuttgart successfully took part in the university competition EXIST Potentiale in December 2019 – organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) – and now the project Exi+ - Regionale Vernetzung has been given the green light.

With this project, the University of Stuttgart aims to improve and intelligently network its scope in the field of entrepreneurship in one of Germany's most innovative regions. A total of 1.6 minion euros had been put aside for this over the next 4 years, to help fund a growing alliance in the Stuttgart region. The strong connections forged will help to counter competition and encourage cooperation

"The true potential lies in networking", states Prof. Peter Middendorf, Vice Rector for Knowledge and Technology Transfer. “Our goal is to improve the visibility of the University of Stuttgart's support network, or anyone interested in business start-ups, by cooperating with important parties in the region.“

"Networking begins in your head", says Prof. Alexander Brem, who founded the Institute of Entrepreneurship at the University of Stuttgart in January 2020, and who is a great believer in developing a close connection between theory and practical experience. “We believe in cultivating a cooperative start-up culture in teaching, transfer and research, in order to realize our full potential for start-ups“, says the Head of the Endowed Chair Professor of Entrepreneurship in Technology and Digitalization, and digitalization, supported by funds from Daimler in the Daimler Foundation.

Based on existing support offers, an alliance for Entrepreneurship Stuttgart will be developed to establish cooperative measures such as consultations standards, community building, meeting points and branding, as well as seamless assistance for start-up projects.

The main protagonists involved in the cooperation for Entrepreneurship Stuttgart are the University of Stuttgart and the Hochschule der Medien. "Innovation takes place at interfaces. I am happy that this new cooperative project will give us the opportunity to create new spaces for such interfaces." Says Nils Högsdal, Vice Rector for Innovation at the Hochschule der Medien.

The cooperation between these two partners in other projects has already resulted in the development of several successful and sustainable formats – such as the joint master’s in Intra and Entrepreneurship. Hartmut Rösch, Director of the Generator Startup Center at HdM, is convinced that, "this new cooperative project and particularly the collaborative consultation activities will soon bear fruit and lead to more and more sustainable science-based start-ups on the Stuttgart campus."



The University of Stuttgart was successful in the EU tender for "Innovative Training Networks" (ITN) with the EINST4INE project.

A new research and innovation project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant scheme is on the search for budding doctoral researchers ready to embrace the fundamental challenges of future industrial systems.

EINST4INE (the European Training Network for InduStry Digital Transformation across Innovation Ecosystems) is a €4M research initiative addressing some of the gaps and challenges faced by industries adapting to the digital revolution.

In a virtual event on 8 and 10 February 2021, the consortium of European and Australian partners officially launched EINST4INE’s 48-month programme.

With world-leading expertise in the areas of Open Innovation, Industry 4.0, digital transformation, and innovation ecosystems, the EINST4INE team will develop new methods, skills, concepts and roadmaps to guide businesses towards digital transformation.

The project’s comprehensive research agenda and multi-disciplinary approach will lead to tangible outputs and outcomes relevant to start-ups, large firms, low- to high-tech industries, as well as enterprises with service or product-service offerings.

Worldwide, companies have committed trillions of dollars to the digital technologies transforming our everyday lives – from how we do business and purchase products to how we manage our personal finances – though not necessarily successfully.

That is because the challenge lies not only within the implementation of digital transformation, but in the complementary shift and innovation in business planning and strategy required for the new technologies to deliver their full potential.

EINST4INE’s forthcoming recruitment campaign will see the appointment of 15 high-performing, early-stage researchers ready to tackle the real-world challenges faced by industry by expanding their expertise in innovation and technology management. 

The project’s programme of research training and development will build the cohort’s ability to navigate an evolving business landscape increasingly shaped by innovations such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing and big data.

Through project-based research, their investigations will span the human side of digital transformation, management, new technologies, and innovation ecosystems.

EINST4INE’s doctoral researchers will become future leaders, experts, and strategists of business and digital transformation – equipped with the hybrid tech-digital behavioural skills and cutting-edge knowledge to enable companies to benefit from digital innovation.

The consortium:

EINST4INE is coordinated by RMIT Europe (Spain). RMIT Europe is the European hub of RMIT University (Australia), a global university of technology, design and enterprise. 

The EINST4INE consortium comprises RMIT Europe (Spain), Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT (Finland), Aarhus University (Denmark), University of Cambridge (UK), Universität Stuttgart (Germany), Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Italy) and Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (Italy), as well as 15 industry and two academic partnering organisations: RMIT University (Australia) and the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley (USA).

Funding acknowledgment:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956745.


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