Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics

Start-up Culture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

KIT Founders Forge - Gründerschmeide KIT

Since April 2013, the KIT introduced the KIT Founders Forge as initiative for students and employees to deal with the topics of founding and entrepreneurship. The KIT Gründerschmiede was established as a project to support founders.

The activities of the KIT Founders Forge includes teaching and advanced education formats, an imporved consultation offering, and a KIT financing platform for young start-up projects.

They offer advisory services for several steps of a founding process, such as:

  • Initial consulting and continued monitoring
  • Further development of business models
  • Funding advice
  • Offers of further training and qualification
  • Networking
  • Interim management
  • Matching of investors

Their newsblog KIT-Gründernews presents the stories behind successfully founded start-ups.

Text from KIT Founders Forge website

Pioniergarage

Pioniergarage is a place where students become founders. Students develop ideas and learn the skills of making contacts which lead to the success of founding a start-up. 

>> More information (only in German) found here.

Text from Pioniergarage website.

r2b

r2b-student is founded with the main goal of promoting innovation and sustainability. They get to know research projects and the researchers. By using their interdisciplinarity approach, they aim to continuously develop themselves and their work on solutions for the future.

>> More information (only in German) found here.

Text from r2b website.