Overview of our


Supporters from research, industry and education

Almost all teams that have founded  their start-up out coming from KIT have been accompanied on their way by supporters, advisors and mentors. Thanks to their active support, additional input, contacts, and know-how were brought into the project.

Why professors, scientists, and CEOs were happy to take the time and why they themselves found it exciting and inspiring to accompany the path to founding a team, they are telling here. What was their motivation? Why does it make sense to provide support? What are the benefits for everyone involved?


Here you can find a selection of our ambassadors.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Torsten Kröger

“The transfer of research results by start-ups is the best ingredient for an innovative society. Supporting this sustainably is one of our most important tasks at KIT.”


Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR), KIT


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Heinz Wörn

“For me, a spin-off from KIT like Robodev is one of the greatest successes of a KIT institute, because it transfers knowledge and know-how from research to industry directly via people in an ideal way and creates jobs.”


Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR), KIT


Prof. Dr. Christof Weinhardt

“The collaboration with young founders is a real enrichment for me and my chair. Both sides benefit from the uncomplicated and creative exchange of ideas between science and practice.”


Institut for Information & Market Engineering (IISM), KIT



Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohl

“A spin-off creates an additional incentive to our research and development work: in addition to scientific curiosity and enthusiasm for technology, the benefits for society also come into play in this way.”


Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), KIT



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stiefelhagen

“I think it’s great when students or employees develop their research findings into marketable new solutions by founding innovative start-ups. I’m very happy to support that.”


Study Centre for the Visually Impaired (SZS), KIT



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pfeifer

“It’s a huge step from applied research to real commercialization – but it’s motivating!”


Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), KIT, Co-founder of INERATEC GmbH