From idea to success story
we accompany you
every step of the way.
Every start-up project goes through several phases, from brainstorming to legal issues, product development and customer acquisition. In the process, each start-up team follows its own path.
Whether a business idea is developed on the side or as a result of years of research, students and scientists need to find out whether their personal future can lie in their own company. We help you to check if founding is an option for you.
Are you wondering whether founding a company is an option for you? Or you are looking for first contacts and exchange with the start-up scene? Then come to us at the CUBE.
Lecture on entrepreneurship
You are studying or doing your PHD and are interested in the topic of founding? The EnTechnon offers lectures and seminars on entrepreneurship and innovation management.
NEULAND Innovation Day
Are you interested in NEULAND? Do you want to get to know innovative ideas, technologies and start-up projects? Or to discuss with exciting industry partners, investors and the regional start-up scene? Then come to the Innovation Day at KIT.
How do I concretize my business idea? How can I focus on certain areas to be successful in a market? How do I keep the overview? What opportunities are there? Together with us you will set the right focus.
You have a business idea and need initial support? Or are you looking for opportunities to exchange ideas with others? Then come to us at the CUBE.
Joint Entrepreneurship School (JES)
You want to gain experience abroad and learn more about starting a business on an international level? Then take part in a 2-week exchange between students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in China.
LEADERSHIP TALENT ACADEMY
Are you a master’s or doctoral student from an engineering or scientific background? Are you about to enter professional life and could you imagine taking on leadership responsibilities later on? Then the Leadership Talent Academy is the right place for you!
Student Innovation Lab (SIL)
You are studying and are interested in the topic of applied innovation management? Then become part of SIL: two semesters of seminar and lab, from idea to demonstrator.
You want to start up, develop your own ideas and make them successful? You are already working on a project, but something is missing to really take off? Then apply to GROW.
Together with our partners we connect the start-up scene in Karlsruhe and the Rhine-Neckar region as well as the start-ups from Baden-Württemberg with the world and vice versa.
Often foreign start-ups face some challenges to get access to the European market. We help you to overcome them.
Lone fighter or team player? Most of the time no single person can cover all business areas of a company, so it makes sense to divide the expertise. We help you to find the right team.
The founders’ barbecue is THE networking event of the KIT startup community. Since 2009, the Karlsruhe start-up scene would do without it. Here you can exchange experiences, pitch ideas and make new contacts. Drop by!
Seek and find
You would like to work in a start-up? Or are you generally looking for a new challenge? Our founders are always looking for motivated staff.
Once the decision for a start-up has been made, many questions have to be answered. Is there a market for the business idea? How do I turn the idea into a marketable product? Who are my customers?
Patents & licenses
In addition to a good start-up idea, it is important to protect the know-how from imitators at an early stage. Our patent managers and start-up consultants will help you with this.
You already have an idea for your own company and need a boost to realize it? Then our start-up Catalyst – upCAT – is the right place for you.
Are you and your start-up looking for further development opportunities and professional support in expanding your business? Then come to ACCEL.
Sharing is Caring
The title says it all! We share knowledge and know-how with you. At regular workshops on all aspects of founding a company, you will dive into a specialist topic with an expert. Come by!
You and your team need office or lab space for your budding start-up, but you don’t have the money to rent appropriate rooms? KIT-Gründerschmiede will help you to find the right one.
You are in the middle of founding your start-up and have copyright or trademark questions? Our legal advice team will help you through the jungle of paragraphs.
Even the best business idea needs financial support to get on track. What are the options here? How do I write a grant application? We will help you.
How do I finance my start-up project? We help you find the right pre-seed funding program for your start-up.
KIT participates in selected spin-offs and assumes the role of a strategic co-investor. Our investment managers accompany the development of the spin-offs in close co-operation with the other investors from the start-up phase through the early development and growth phase to the EXIT.
Venture capital & investor matching
You have just founded your company or are about to do so? You want to grow and need “smart” capital? We connect you with venture capitalists from international corporate VC or national VC firms to regional family offices and local business angels.
Congratulations, you have founded a company. But now the work really starts, because a good business idea and an innovative product are no guarantee for business success. Stay in touch with us and we will continue to support you on your way.
NEULAND Founder pitch
Do you want to show what you are made of on a big stage? The founder pitch at the NEULAND Innovation Day offers you the opportunity to do just that. Apply now and pitch in front of a top-class jury.
Become our founder of the month
We regularly present a founding team from the KIT environment that has ventured into self-employment. In an interview, the founders talk about their idea, the founding period and future prospects.
Become host of the founders’ barbecue
Your start-up needs more attention, you want to present your product to the public or acquire new team members? Then become a host of the founders barbecue.
Become an ambassador
You and your team have already successfully founded a company at KIT? Then motivate others to found.
What are you waiting for?
Schedule your appointment today and stop by!
What are you waiting for?