Startup Coaching

Our interdisciplinary team of coaches will accompany you from the idea to the successful start-up. We are there to support you in every phase.

Startup Coaching at our Institute

Whether it's an invention, a start-up idea or an interest in founding, our team of experienced coaches with different professional backgrounds will support you in all areas related to the topic of founding - from idea development and potential analysis to conception and business plan to funding programmes and successful follow-up financing.

Our start-up advisors support spin-offs with a technological background from the scientific institutes as well as students and graduates with their ideas in all start-up phases. Our accompanying advisory services include initial advice, further development of business models, applications for funding, further training and networking. Together with the Research and Transfer Department, we also provide advice on the use of patents and licences.

Initial consultation

We offer start-up advice for all those interested in setting up a business and for those who are still unsure. Simply make an appointment for an initial discussion with one of our coaches and write to us at Our counselling is free of charge and of course strictly confidential.

Our Startup Coaches & Consultants

Marie-Claire Becker - Startup-Coach

Focus: Property rights and social and sustainable business models

Background: Technology management and mechanical engineering

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Dr. Eric Heintze - Startup-Coach

Focus: Investments and Networking

Background: Physics

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Dr. Jordi Mauri - Startup-Coach

Focus: Design Thinking and business models

Background: Technology Management

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Marcel Werle - Startup-Coach

Focus: Digital business models and technology

Background: Business Informatics

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Kristina Winter - Startup-Coach

Focus: Radical customer orientation and B2B business models

Background: Economics

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Consulting on EXIST scholarships

Together with the advisors of the Technology Transfer Initiative, our start-up coaches offer support and advice on the classic EXIST programmes, such as the EXIST Start-up Grant or the EXIST Transfer of Research.

These funding opportunities can offer helpful support to you as a student, graduate or scientist who would like to realise a start-up idea.

Contact our start-up coaches for advice on the EXIST programmes:

The start-up officers at the University of Stuttgart

The start-up officers support the transfer of business ideas into successful start-up projects at the University of Stuttgart. They serve as a link between students or employees and ENI as well as TTI GmbH.

FACULTY 1: Prof. Knippers
Institute for Structures and Structural Design

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Knippers
Keplerstrasse 11
70174 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-83280
Fax: +49 711 685-82756


FACULTY 2: Prof. Martin
Institute for Railway and Traffic Engineering

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ullrich Martin
Pfaffenwaldring 7
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-66367
Fax: +49 711 685-66666


FACULTY 3: Prof. Hauer
Institute for Technical Biochemistry

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hauer
Allmandring 31
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-63192
Fax: +49 711 685-64569


FACULTY 4: Prof. Takors
Institute for Biochemical Engineering

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Takors
Allmandring 31
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-64535
Fax: +49 711 685-65164


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. Haala
Institute for Photogrammetry

apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Haala
70174 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-83383
Fax: +49 711 685-83297


FACULTY 7: Prof. Bertsche
Institute for Machine Elements

Prof. Dr.-Ing Bernd Bertsche
Pfaffenwaldring 9
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-66170
Fax: +49 711 685-66319


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 9: Prof. Bauer
Institute of History, Dept. History of Science and Technology

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Bauer
Keplerstrasse 17
70174 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 685-84350 or -82312
Fax: +49 711 685-82767


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


"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.

Further funding programmes

Simply make an appointment with our coaches and write to us at We will help you choose a suitable funding programme.

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