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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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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Founders of the month June: Selfbits GmbH

Selfbits_LogoSelfbits GmbH has developed a cloud-based service in the field of knowledge management, a backend-as-a-service solution. It facilitates the fast and uncomplicated development of mobile business applications. Customers of Selfbits GmbH will no longer need to worry about a complicated, complex server infrastructure and get to save time and money as a result. We have interviewed the Selfbits team on their idea, the foundation of their company and their future perspective.

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The founding team of Selfbits: Oliver Kuppler, Klaus Welle (f. l.)

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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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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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