Founding a company at the University of Stuttgart

The faculties' start-up advisors support the transfer of business ideas. The TRACES, Transfer Center of the University of Stuttgart, offers start-up coachings for students, graduates and employees.

The start-up advisors of the University of Stuttgart

The University of Stuttgart's start-up advisors strengthen the founding process and support the transfer of research results from the university to society via start-ups. They are available as initial contacts for start-up ideas and serve as a link between students and employees and ENI, the TRACES, Transfer Center of the University of Stuttgart and the TTI GmbH.

In March 2023, Prof. Alexander Brem, Head of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science (ENI), was named as start-up advisor of the University of Stuttgart. Together with the entrepreneurship advisors, professors from the ten faculties, he strengthens networking in order to leverage the full entrepreneurship potential of the University of Stuttgart.


Institute of Enterpreneurship and Innovation Science

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Brem
Pfaffenwaldring 19 c/o ARENA2036
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-61719



FACULTY 1: Prof. Ostermann
Institute of Building Construction

Prof. Dr. Martin Ostermann
Keplerstrasse 11
70174 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-83253
Fax: +49 711 685-83252


FACULTY 2: Prof. Moormann
Institute of Geotechnical Engineering

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Moormann
Pfaffenwaldring 35
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-62437
Fax: +49 711 685-62439


FACULTY 3: Prof. Sindlinger
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Christian Sindlinger
Pfaffenwaldring 55
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-64186


FACULTY 4: Prof. Germann
Process Systems Engineering

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Natalie Germann
Böblinger Str. 78
70199 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-85450


FACULTY 5: Prof. Weyrich
Institute for Automation and Software Systems

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Weyrich
Pfaffenwaldring 47
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-67301
Fax: +49 711 685-67302


FACULTY 6: Prof. Cheng
Institute of Aircraft Design

Prof. Dr. Po Wen Cheng
Allmandring 5b
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-68258
Fax: +49 711 685-68293


FACULTY 7: Prof. Hölzle
Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management

Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle, MBA
Nobelstraße 12
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 9702025


FACULTY 8: PD Dr. Dippon
Institute for Stochastics and Applications

Dr. rer. nat. habil. Jürgen Dippon
Pfaffenwaldring 57
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-65384
Fax: +49 711 685-65389


FACULTY 8: Prof. Gießen
4th Physics Institute

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Gießen
Pfaffenwaldring 57
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-65111
Fax: +49 711 685-65097


FACULTY 9: Prof. Hole
Institute of Linguistics

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniel Hole
Keplerstrasse 17
70174 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 63140


FACULTY 10: Prof. Burr
Institute of Business Administration; Dept. I: Business Administration

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Wolfgang Burr
Keplerstrasse 17
70174 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-83149
Fax: +49 711 685-83145


Find more information on the start-up advisors (ILIAS)

Start-up coaching at the University of Stuttgart

The start-up coaches at TRACES, the transfer center of the University of Stuttgart, advise students and graduates with their ideas in all start-up phases and support spin-offs with a technological background from the scientific institutes. The accompanying advisory services include initial consultation, further development of business models, funding applications, further training and networking.

Together with the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Department (contact: Dr. Ralf Kaun), advice is also provided on the use of patents and licenses.

In addition, the start-up coaches, together with the Technology Transfer Initiative consultants, offer support and advice on the classic EXIST programs, such as the EXIST start-up grant or the EXIST research transfer. These funding opportunities can offer you helpful support as a student, graduate or scientist who would like to realize a start-up idea.

For an initial consultation, advice on the EXIST programs or if you have any further questions on the topic of "start-ups", write an email to

Further information on the TRACES start-up advisors can be found here

more information on the exist programs (ILIAS)

"Founding without founding"

The Transfer and Start-up Company (TGU) offers all members of the university the opportunity to take the first steps towards founding their own company.

A TGU as a department of the TTI GmbH is the outstanding unique selling point with which those willing to start a business can immediately become entrepreneurial. The TTI GmbH is both the protection and marketing instrument.

Those interested in setting up a business - preferably from the University of Stuttgart - have the opportunity to prepare for an independent existence within the framework of a transfer and start-up company (TGU) as project managers within TTI GmbH. TTI GmbH takes over the financial and personnel management and much more as a service.

Contact: Dr. Torsten Frohwein

Funding program for the targeted preparation of business start-ups, including for academic staff at the university.

Target group:

  • Academic staff who have not interrupted their work at the university for more than one year
  • Applicants who are doing their PhD, from submission of the dissertation at the earliest
  • Applicants who have received upstream federal funding (e.g. EXIST funding)


  • Innovative product or process
  • Submission of a detailed business concept (business plan)
  • Supervision by a university lecturer


  • Securing a livelihood for the duration of generally two years (with successful interim assessment)
  • Free use of the university's premises and technical infrastructure
  • Transfer of business knowledge through group/individual coaching

Find more information here

Companies can use innovation vouchers to buy support on the national and international research market. The program supports SMEs in the planning, development, implementation and further development of innovative products, services or production processes. 

Find more information here

With the funding initiative "Validation of the innovation potential of scientific research - VIP+", the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) aims to tap into potential for innovation. This potential lies in academic research at universities, non-university research institutions (which are jointly funded by the federal and state governments) and federal institutions with R&D tasks.

Find more information here

Support of the innovative strength of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) under the motto "Impulses for growth":

  • Cooperation projects (ZIM-KOOP): Support of cooperation projects between SMEs and between SMEs and research institutions
  • Individual projects (ZIM-SOLO): Support of individual R&D projects of SMEs
  • Network projects (ZIM-NEMO): Support of external management and organizational services for the development of market-oriented networks of innovative SMEs

Find more information here

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