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.
In 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.
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
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.
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.
An event of the venture forum neckar e.V. in cooperation with the Sparkasse Heilbronn on September 30, 2015 was to provide answers to the question of which challenges businesses will be faced with in the future and how they can be tackled. The continuously advancing digitalization of production processes and the increased networking of different production locations via the Internet, two big themes under the umbrella term Industry 4.0, often require rethinking, especially for medium-sized companies.
For startups, it is also important to deal with the topic of Industry 4.0 from the beginning. Many processes must be coordinated from the start in collaboration with customers and cooperation partners. The event offered a platform for recognizing the needs of startups, cooperation partners in industry, and investors/financiers early on in order to address them.
A total of four startup teams/startups from the KIT were exhibitors at the event. Three of them presented themselves in a pitch (12 in total) to the investors/financiers and potential cooperation partners with great success. All in all, the event was well attended by approx. 200 participants and approx. 20 startup teams.
Andreas Rüdenauer (Rüdenauer 3D Technology GmbH) and Dr. Rolf Blattner (KIT Innovation Department) at the Rüdenauer 3D Technology GmbH stand
Dr. Rolf Blattner (KIT Innovation Department) and Frederick Lessmann (otego) at the otego stand
Marcus Georgi and Tomt Lenz (GIN/Kinemic) talking to interested people at the GIN/Kinemic stand