“From Invention to Innovation” – Patents, licenses, and the perspective of founding

On March 16, 2015, the first of two advanced training events of this year for professional patent use began. KIT employees interested in the protection of intellectual property and technology utilization were invited. Using the title “From Invention to Innovation,” the KIT Innovation Department in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Technological and Environmental Training (FTU) informed its participants about the most important foundations and services at the KIT.

The half-day events of the program for advanced training WaTT (Wissensaufbau und Technologietransfer – Knowledge building and transfer of technology) were directed toward inventions that can develop into innovations through protection, e.g., in the form of patents ranging to commercialization. Innovations can thus find their way into the industry in the form of license agreements (technology transfer) or can form the basis of a spin-off. Technology transfer in the form of a spin-off plays an increasingly important role at the KIT. Therefore, part of the lecture concentrated on the offerings and founding services at the KIT. All participants received insight into the world of startups and spin-offs of the KIT. At the following get-together, there was enough time to reflect on the topics together with the participants. This way, for instance, the question could be resolved whether the spin-offs developed through the institute belong to the KIT or are independent.

Similarly, the advanced training also concretely helped two scientists interested in founding. They had already advanced their startup idea at the KIT accelerator upCAT and were now grateful about the expanded knowledge from the seminar on patents and licenses. Thus, nothing stands in the way of a spin-off. We are crossing our fingers for their startup project!

The next “From Invention to Innovation” advanced training session will take place on October 6, 2015. Mark your calendar or register directly at the FTU. You can find the seminar in the program using the FTU shorthand MB431.

Innovation – Curse or blessing!?

The crisis is barely over, and the whole country is already calling for innovations. In times of flourishing information technology, a shift in energy, and the question about our future mobility, we definitely can’t do without them. But are innovations truly the panacea for our problems, and does innovation really make it or break it when it comes to success? Continue reading

STEP NY – Program for ICT startups in Germany

The German American Chamber of Commerce New York (GACC NY) will once again carry out its successful “Startup and Entrepreneur Program” (STEP NYC) from March 1 to 6, 2015. 

The 5-day travel program to New York City is directed toward ICT startups from around Germany. The goal of STEP NYC is to open the door to the US market for internationalizing German startups. Among others, the following program components will be offered:

  • Pitches to American VC investors and angel investors, ideally to raise capital
  • Networking with suitable potential customers on the US market through the large company network of the GACC New York
  • Theoretical foundations on US market entry through intensive expert workshops
  • Legal & intercultural issues, company startup, pitching and sales training

To participate in the STEP NYC, you should meet these requirements by having:

  • a concrete business idea
  • a scalable business model
  • identifiable international orientation (medium-term interest in US market entry)
  • previous successful customer acquisition in Germany and contention on the German market
  • previous successful investor acquisition in Germany

STEP NYC costs EUR 3,000.00 per person. The participants bear the flight and accommodation costs.

The trip is designed for up to 15 participating startups. There are currently a few free spaces available. Apply before January 23, 2015 and explore the American market!

You can find more information and the application forms at STEP NYC.

Use the summer slump – Founder competitions invite you to join!

Currently, there is the break between semesters and summer is also not at its best. This leaves enough time to have a closer look at one’s own business idea. Do you currently have a startup in mind and are just fine-tuning your business plan? Would you like to have independent feedback and new ideas from experienced representatives of industry? Then now is the opportunity to do so! Take part in one of the many founder competitions.

Some calls for proposals will expire in the next few weeks and are just waiting for your idea! We will present a few current founder competitions to you here so you can start right away.

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