How can we help you?

Services

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.

page overview

01

Orientation

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.

Start-up advice

Community management

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.

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Teaching

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.

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Event

NEULAND Innovation Day

Are you interested in NEULAND? Do you want to get to know innovative ideas, technologies and start-up projects? Or to talk with exciting industry partners, investors and the regional start-up scene? Then come to the NEULAND Innovation Day at KIT.

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02

Focus

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.

Start-up advice

Initial consultation

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.

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Event

Joint Entrepreneurship School (JES)

You want to gain experience abroad and learn more about starting a business on an international level? Then join a 2-week exchange between students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in China.

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Event

LEADERSHIP TALENT ACADEMY

Are you a master or PHD 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!

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Seminar

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.

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Competition

GROW

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.

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International offers

Soft Landing

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.

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International offer

Co-Evolutionary Start-Up

Often foreign start-ups face some challenges to get access to the European market. We help you to overcome them.

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International offer

DEEP TECH SOFT LANDING INDIA

In December 2021, the Deep Tech Soft Landing Week (inbound) will focus on start-ups from Maharashtra, India. Together with our partner Let’s bridge IT, we are designing an extensive bootcamp.

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03

Team building

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.

Event

Founders’ barbecue

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!

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Job offers

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.

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04

Business planning

Once the decision for running an own business 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?

Start-up advice

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.

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Accelerator

upCAT

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.

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Accelerator

ACCEL

Are you and your start-up looking for further development opportunities and professional support in expanding your business? Then come to ACCEL.

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Event

Sharing is Caring

The title says it all! We share knowledge and know-how with you. During regular workshops on all aspects of founding a company, you will dive into a specialist topic with an expert. Come by!

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Equipment

Rent rooms

You and your team need office or lab space for your start-up, but you don’t have the money to rent appropriate rooms? KIT-Gründerschmiede will help you to find the right one.

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Start-up advice

Legal advice

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.

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05

Financing

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.

Start-up advice

Funding advice

How do I finance my start-up project? We help you find the right pre-seed funding program for your start-up.

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Investments

Technology investments

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.

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Investments

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.

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06

Founding

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.

Event

NEULAND Founder pitch

Do you want to show what you are made of on a big stage? The founders 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.

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Call to action

Become our founder of the month

We regularly present founders and start-ups 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.

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Call to action

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.

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Call to action

Become an ambassador

You and your team have already successfully founded a business at KIT? Then motivate others to found.

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07

Going steep

Your start-up has taken off and you could already achieve first successes. Then congratulations. We are happy if you help others on their way with your knowledge and experience.

Call to action

Tell your success story

Tell your story to the KIT start-up community! Share your learnings and challenges with us so others can learn from you on their start-up journey.

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Call to action

Become an ambassador

You and your team have already successfully founded a company at KIT? Then motivate others to found.

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07

Going wrong

The first attempt of your start-up went wrong and now you want to know more? Then let’s sit down together and look at where the weak points are, where we can optimize and try again. Because failure is part of founding a company.

Start-up advice

Focus

The road to start-up is sometimes long and challenging. We don’t give up and look together for weak points and optimization possibilities. Come by!

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What are you waiting for?

Schedule your appointment today and stop by!

What are you waiting for?

Schedule your consultation today and stop by!

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