KIT Gründerschmiede

Stage 1 – Orientation

Whether a business idea has emerged incidentally or as a result of years of research, students and researchers need to find out whether their personal future may lie in their own enterprises.

Initial consulting and information are helpful, but you should also meet and interact with other founders. Get yourself inspired by experienced entrepreneurs and motivated by real-life success stories. We help you consider whether starting a business is an option for you. You can find our offers and the ones of our partners on this page.

Meet other founders – in the founders' network at KIT

CIE-Founders' BBQ

"Get to know five new people at every barbecue", is the motto of the monthly networking events. A great opportunity to meet and exchange with other founders and interested parties in an open atmosphere! To CIE calendar


The X-match is an evening event for EXIST-funded founders of KIT to meet up for a casual exchange. The upcoming X-Match will be announced in the Founders Forge calender.


NetLunch gives an opportunity to teams from scientific foundation projects to network at a relaxed lunch. The upcoming NetLunch will be announced in the Founders Forge calender.

University groups


The student group PionierGarage e.V. promotes entrepreneurial thought and action at KIT. Through events and actions, students of all fields can join and discuss the topic of business startup. Participate!


The interdisciplinary group "RESEARCH TO BUSINESS by students" supports researchers from KIT with technology transfer and market entrance of their technologies. In small groups, the students analyze technologies that are characterized by market potential and can have a social or environmental application. Participate!


The team of Enactus takes on responsibility by independently bringing to life social projects. During the project, the members use business spirit and economical methods. This way, Enactus helps students prepare for entrepreneurial thought and action in a more and more complex world. Participate!


Thomas Neumann

Head of Business Development
Innovation and Relations Management
CN Geb. 707, Room 122
Phone: +49 721 608-29056