The KIT start-up store2be has created an online platform that facilitates the temporary lease of advertising and retail spaces for brick-and-mortar businesses. It allows companies to benefit from the existing customer frequency in these spaces and present their products in an optimal environment. We have interviewed the store2be team on their idea, the foundation of their company and their future perspective.
The training course “From Invention to Innovation”, organised for the fifth time on 15 March 2016 at the Further Education Centre for Technology and the Environment (Fortbildungszentrum für Technik und Umwelt – FTU), has been a great success. More than 40 KIT employees attended the intensive seminar on the topic of intellectual property (IP), which dealt with questions of security and legal foundations of technology transfer at KIT.
Industrial robots have a vast scope of application. Their complex motion patterns make their programming so time-consuming, however, that their use is frequently not economical. The KIT spin-off ArtiMinds Robotics has developed a software that makes the programming of robots considerably faster and more intuitive. We have interviewed the ArtiMinds team on their idea, the foundation of their company and their future perspective.
Inspire genius, encounter new concepts and deepen your own ideas – the third KIT Venture Fest is a platform for everyone with an enthusiasm for innovation. At KIT Audimax, students, academics, entrepreneurs, investors and creative minds get together under the banner of “Innovation for Business and Society” to exchange views, ideas and inspiration.
Visitors can look forward to a versatile programme. In addition to a programme based on the topic of start-ups and entrepreneurship, this year’s edition of Venture Fest also includes highlights pertaining to the field of technology transfer. The event will be officially opened by Professor Thomas Hirth, who assumed the position of Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs at KIT on 1 January 2016. The morning of Venture Fest will be dedicated to the acquisition of knowledge: a diverse mixture of workshops and seminars, during which representatives of the various target groups share their own experiences. Topics include the protection of intellectual property, the development of business ideas and coping with failure.
Students and academics will have the opportunity to showcase their successful, innovative projects to a wide audience. Afternoon highlights include a pitch for the KIT Innovation and Founders’ Prize. KIT teams with future-oriented projects get to present their ideas to renowned businesspeople and investors. Following a varied daytime programme, all participants of Venture Fest get to enjoy a keynote speech and discussion in the evening, when experts from business and industry share the stage with representatives of KIT.
All interested parties are warmly invited to join us for the next edition of our KIT Venture Fest on 29 June 2016. Registration will be open from May on the Venture Fest website.
The “KIT Gründerschmiede” (Founders’ Forge) project aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial culture at KIT. It has been funded within the scope of the “EXIST” programme since 2013. Over the course of the past three years, various measures have been implemented, and their first results are becoming apparent. KIT has reached the third place in the “Gründungsradar” ranking by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors’ association for the promotion of humanities and sciences in Germany) and tied place with the start-up RESTUBE GmbH for first place in the renowned Deutschen Gründerpreis awards in 2015. The second round of funding has been approved on this basis, as continuity and the development of successful measures is one of the main principles of the association. We are delighted about the continued sponsorship from EXIST IV and the implied success of our strategy.