KIT Venture Fest 2016: More than 700 visitors explored the innovation landscape at KIT

On 29 June 2016, KIT organised the third KIT Venture Fest. This year’s Innovation Day attracted more than 700 to the premises around Audimax: a new visitor record. The diverse programme brought together students, employees and entrepreneurs based at KIT with representatives from industry and business, investors and networking partners. Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board at Daimler AG, was the highlight of the event with his late-night talk.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche beim KIT Venture Fest 2016

Dr Dieter Zetsche at KIT Venture Fest 2016

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Your goal? Entrepreneurship!

In cooperation with the nowak & partner law office in Karlsruhe, KIT Innovation Management ran two workshops on the topics of law and taxes for entrepreneurs. More than 20 interesting visitors attended.

KIT-Gründerberater Dr. Rolf Blattner (l.) mit den Referenten Mike Gottstein (11. v.l.) und Thorsten Nowak (12. v.l.) von der Kanzlei nowak & partner

KIT start-up consultant Dr Rolf Blattner (left) with the lecturers, Mike Gottstein (11th from the left) and Thorsten Nowak (12th from the left) from the nowak & partner law office

The nowak & partner law office has many years of experience in supporting and advising young companies. This is why we organised a crash course with two lecturers, Mike Gottstein and Thorsten Nowak, on the topics of products, the market, resources, finances, revenue planning, exit scenarios and business plans for our start-up teams. The programme primarily focussed on questions pertaining to taxation and the law.

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Entrepreneurship talk with Holidu: about investors, technical challenges and a vivid company culture

“Everything started in the summer of 2013, when we wanted to go on a trip to Portugal and encountered difficulties finding a suitable holiday apartment because there were simply too many options,” Johannes Siebers explained during the KIT Entrepreneurship Talk on 11 February 2016. Together with his brother, Michael Siebers, he founded Holidu GmbH a year later – a platform for searching and comparing holiday homes in Europe.

Holidu beim KIT Entrepreneurship Talk

The founders of Holidu GmbH: Johannes and Michael Siebers

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Professors as promoters

Founding a company with a scientific basis is a significant challenge, be it during one’s studies or as a new graduate. Alongside learning, tests, and lectures, a business model needs to be developed, the market observed, and a finance plan created. Funding means enabling a first step in order to create the necessary breathing room for this development. However, the willingness of the employer is especially important for scientists who take this path. Continue reading