Energy in the future and entrepreneurship – EIT Digital Summer School

Under the heading “Smart Energy Systems & Entrepreneurship,” the international summer school of the EIT Digital took place from July 27 to August 7, 2015 in cooperation with the KIT Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (EnTechnon). The goal of the summer school was to promote innovations in the energy sector. Around 40 participants from around the world participated in the two-week summer school in Karlsruhe.

Through expert lectures and workshops, master students, scientists, and young professionals dealt with the energy systems of the future and potential business ideas in this segment such as new energy systems, e-mobility, or storage systems. One highlight of the summer school was the excursion to juwi in Wörrstadt. In addition to a guided tour of the company grounds and a tour of the wind facilities, Matthias Willenbacher, co-founder of juwi, was available to answer participants’ questions at the founder’s talk.


The focus of the first week of the summer school was on energy-relevant topics. During the second week, potential business ideas were created in various workshops. These ideas were then developed in small groups lead by mentors. At the end of the summer school, the teams presented their developed business ideas during a seven-minute pitch to an expert jury. After long consultation, the jury named the ‘Multi-Family Homes Flexibility Monetization’ team the winner. Participants were also able to rank each other. In this ranking, the ‘Power Check Plug’ team received the most votes. The final pitch ended with satisfied teams and enthused jury members.


Looking back, the participants draw a very positive verdict. Anca Solacolu of the KTH Stockholm explained, “After my Bachelor’s degree, I thought that I would never be able to build a company – because I lacked the entrepreneurial skills. My Master’s degree at KIC Inno Energy and the summer school helped me a lot in developing these skills.” She valued the cultural and information technological exchange during the summer school and was able to gather valuable experiences. Simon Salis of University of Brighton also sees the summer school as a positive experience and responded to the question of whether he would recommend the program straightforward with, “Just two words: Yes, 100 percent!”

KIT Entrepreneurship Talks – Dirk Fox of Secorvo on 5 iron insights

For the third time this winter semester, the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management invited those interested to a public lecture series, the “KIT Entrepreneurship Talks.” On December 18, 2014, Dirk Fox of Secorvo Security Consulting GmbH was a guest at the KIT. In his exciting practice-oriented lecture, he discussed the five most important insights that he has gained during his entrepreneurial life:
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KIT Entrepreneurship Talks – inquisitive audience at Blue Yonder

For the second time in this semester the chair for Entrepreneurship and Technology Management invited those interested to the public lecture series “KIT Entrepreneurship Talks”. On November 27th, 2014, Prof. Dr. Michael Feindt and Uwe Weiss from Blue Yonder GmbH were guests at the KIT. In a lecture, the two entrepreneurs reported on their founding story and the challenges of building up a company.

Blue Yonder is a leading solution provider in the area of prognoses and pattern recognition for Big Data. The company successfully shows how you can go from science to business. The scientific work on a particle accelerator at CERN, the European organization of nuclear research and the data analysis of the enormous data volume linked to them finally led to the founding idea. The two experienced entrepreneurs emphasized in the talk that belief in your own idea, the power of persuasion, the actual customer benefit, and the right constellation of the founding team are decisive for the success. This time many listeners “from the same field” came to the talk with Blue Yonder, so that an intensive exchange between speakers and guests occurred. Prof. Dr. Feindt and Mr. Weiss took a lot of time to answer the interested questions at the get-together in an open atmosphere.


Do not miss the last round of talks for this year! On December 18th, 2014, you can receive not only practical tips from Dirk Fox, founder of Secorvo, but also network at the “Christmas special” of the subsequent get-together in a comfortable atmosphere and share experiences with other aspiring founders.

In the New Year, the following founders and entrepreneurs will present at the Entrepreneurship Talks:

The lecture series starts at 7 pm on the Campus South of KIT in the Tulla Hörsaal/Tulla lecture hall. It is open for anyone interested in founding a company.