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For students

You’re studying at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and with your business idea you want to start your own business or get insights into the startup scene? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Current offers for students

Consultation for students

By founders for founders: The Center for Entrepreneurship (CIE) offers founder consultation and a lively founder community on and around the campus.

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KIT Entrepreneurship Talks

The lecture series E-Talks is open to anyone that is interested. Here, founders and entrepreneurs from the economy talk about their startup experiences.

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CIE-Founders' BBQ

"Get to know five new people at every barbecue", is the motto of the monthly BBQ events. A great opportunity to meet other founders, start-up teams, and other interested parties!

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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!