KIT startup teams sweep the board at the CyberChampions Award 2015

ShareBW Kongress des CyberForumsOn 11/12/2015, the CyberChampions Award was awarded as part of the ShareBW Congress. The prize was offered to founders and young businesses from the extended TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion) in the categories “Best Concept” and “NewComer” as well as a special prize for “Innovation.” As early as October, 29 applicant teams pitched in order to be selected for one of the coveted spots in the finals. A 17-person jury, including former prize recipients as well as representatives from industry and economy, evaluated the submissions. The decisive factors for a spot in the finals were specific know-how about markets and customers, a clear positioning, and a smart strategy. Ten startup teams with roots at the KIT were selected among the 11 finalists. Continue reading

KIT Entrepreneurship Event – Start of the semester founders’ get-together

KIT Entrepreneurship EventIn October, academic life at the KIT began for the 2015/2016 winter semester. The KIT Founders Forge, too, picked up speed again and welcomed founders and those interested in founding to the KIT Entrepreneurship Event on 10/22/2015 in cooperation with the Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe.

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KIT Founders Forge at the Opel Innovation Day

Quelle: Adam Opel AG

Source: Adam Opel AG

This year’s KIT Venture Fest on 06/30/2015 ignited the Opel Innovation Day in cooperation with the KIT Founders Forge. Representatives of Adam Opel AG were guests this summer and experienced the ‘startup spirit’ at the KIT for a day. In particular, the enthusiastic pitches of the KIT founders left a lasting impression. Thus, the idea arose to organize the established Opel Innovation Day with a startup focus. Startup teams of the KIT and the TU Darmstadt were invited to the Opel headquarters in Ruesselsheim in order to present their business ideas. Together with Opel, a total of eight KIT startups in the automotive sector and related industries were selected for the Opel Innovation Day. Continue reading

“From Invention to Innovation”– IP Basics for KIT affiliates

On 10/06/2015, the practice-oriented event “From Invention to Innovation” for professional patent management for employees of the KIT was held again in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Technical and Environmental Training (FTU). Fourteen participants came together to receive advanced training on the topics of protection of intellectual property and technology utilization. The KIT Innovation Department (IMA) presented the services for transfer of technology at the KIT.

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The half-day events of the program for advanced training (Wissensaufbau und Technologietransfer – Knowledge building and transfer of technology) of the KIT Founders Forge are directed toward inventions that can develop through protection, e.g., in the form of patents ranging to commercialization. Innovations are thus created via an orderly and stringent process that is accompanied by the IMA. Inventions find their way into the economy in the form of technology transfer projects, startups, and the related license agreements. Due to the special circumstances, a separate seminar component is devoted to the transfer of technology in spin-offs. A wide array of services as well as partners and specialists are presented on this topic. Thus, the participants receive a first view of the founding scene at the KIT, the challenges when starting a business, and an initial “gut feeling” of whether they could actually imagine founding their own company. The event was once again topped off with a get-together to discuss individual questions with contact partners of IMA.

The next “From Invention to Innovation” advanced training sessions have already been scheduled: 03/15/2016 and 10/04/2016. Mark your calendar or register directly at the FTU. You can find the seminar in the program using the FTU shorthand MB431.

On course for success with robotics – ArtiMinds sweeps the board

The four founders of ArtiMinds Robotics GmbH have managed to receive three back-to-back awards in the fan city of Karlsruhe. The business, which was founded in August 2013, has been a pioneer in the field of robotics for some time. With their intuitive robot programming for production machines in the industry, the ArtiMinds team has already cleaned up numerous prizes since the startup.

The business scored its latest success at Robot Launch 2015. At the international competition for robot technologies, organized in Silicon Valley, the KIT team from the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion) was able to prevail against its competitors in the category ‘Best European Startup’. ArtiMinds was the only German team nominated for the finals and won one of the coveted prizes on 09/18/2015.

Just one week before this, another competition was decided in favor of ArtiMinds. The team is among the new winners of the national WECONOMY-Awards 2015. The renowned startup prize is offered by the Wissensfabrik, UnternehmerTUM, and the Handelsblatt. In addition to nine other startups from all around Germany, the Karlsruhe team was selected by a jury and will now be coached and funded for one year.

In addition to these two competitive awards, ArtiMinds, with its “Robot Programming for Dummies”, was selected among the top 25 of the hottest startups in Germany by the HORIZONT magazine. Encouraged by this, too, ArtiMinds continues to expand and strengthen its team. We congratulate ArtiMinds on these successes and will continue to follow the path of these four young founders.

A few impressions of ArtiMinds in a video:

Source: ArtiMinds Robotics GmbH

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