Founder of the month July: GoSilico GmbH

gosilico_Logo_229x71The KIT spin-off GoSilico develops software for computer-assisted process development in the biopharmaceutical industry. Its simulation technology helps companies display experiments on their computers within seconds. We have interviewed the GoSilico GmbH team on their idea, the foundation of their company and their future perspective.

The founding team of GoSilico: Prof Dr Jürgen Hubbuch, Dr Teresa Beck, Dr Tobias Hahn und Dr Thiemo Huuk (left to right)

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New work spaces for start-ups: PionierGarage opens student incubator in Karlsruhe

“A place to help young entrepreneurs and students find cheap workspaces and the right infrastructure for their company foundation” – this is how Andreas Fischer has described Germany’s first student incubator, named “Launchpad”. Andreas Fischer is a member of the PionierGarage student group at KIT. He was involved in the planning of Launchpad. A “launch pad” is the starting place of a rocket. PionierGarage similarly aims to provide the necessary starting energy for projects in their early stages of foundation.

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Andreas Fischer during the opening of Launchpad

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Founder of the month May: enCourage Labs UG (limited liability)

Weiß-Rot_300x190The company enCourage has developed an emergency app that allows its users to act swiftly and call for help. It effectively helps them protect themselves and others. Emergencies can be reported through the app within seconds. A single press of a button causes enCourage to release an alarm that reaches every other nearby user of the app. We have interviewed the enCourage team on their idea, the foundation of their company and their future perspective.

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The founding team of enCourage: Cole Bailey, Rene Brandel, Tobias Röddiger and Dominik Doerner (left to right)

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Spark, fire, coal – factors for success with the EXIST Business Start-Up Grant

Many of the founder teams of students, researchers, and / or graduates of the KIT wonder whether their ideas, their startup projects, or their research projects are suitable for an application for the EXIST Business Start-Up Grant. Directly related to this is the question of what to bring to a successful application. Below, we highlight the three main evaluation criteria – which we will discuss in detail in the founder consultation with the teams. Continue reading