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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KIT Venture Fest 2016 – a day of innovation at KIT

KIT Venture Fest 2016

Inspire genius, encounter new concepts and deepen your own ideas – the third KIT Venture Fest is a platform for everyone with an enthusiasm for innovation. At KIT Audimax, students, academics, entrepreneurs, investors and creative minds get together under the banner of “Innovation for Business and Society” to exchange views, ideas and inspiration.

Visitors can look forward to a versatile programme. In addition to a programme based on the topic of start-ups and entrepreneurship, this year’s edition of Venture Fest also includes highlights pertaining to the field of technology transfer. The event will be officially opened by Professor Thomas Hirth, who assumed the position of Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs at KIT on 1 January 2016. The morning of Venture Fest will be dedicated to the acquisition of knowledge: a diverse mixture of workshops and seminars, during which representatives of the various target groups share their own experiences. Topics include the protection of intellectual property, the development of business ideas and coping with failure.

Students and academics will have the opportunity to showcase their successful, innovative projects to a wide audience. Afternoon highlights include a pitch for the KIT Innovation and Founders’ Prize. KIT teams with future-oriented projects get to present their ideas to renowned businesspeople and investors. Following a varied daytime programme, all participants of Venture Fest get to enjoy a keynote speech and discussion in the evening, when experts from business and industry share the stage with representatives of KIT.

All interested parties are warmly invited to join us for the next edition of our KIT Venture Fest on 29 June 2016. Registration will be open from May on the Venture Fest website.

“From Invention to Innovation”– IP Basics for KIT affiliates

On 10/06/2015, the practice-oriented event “From Invention to Innovation” for professional patent management for employees of the KIT was held again in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Technical and Environmental Training (FTU). Fourteen participants came together to receive advanced training on the topics of protection of intellectual property and technology utilization. The KIT Innovation Department (IMA) presented the services for transfer of technology at the KIT.

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The half-day events of the program for advanced training (Wissensaufbau und Technologietransfer – Knowledge building and transfer of technology) of the KIT Founders Forge are directed toward inventions that can develop through protection, e.g., in the form of patents ranging to commercialization. Innovations are thus created via an orderly and stringent process that is accompanied by the IMA. Inventions find their way into the economy in the form of technology transfer projects, startups, and the related license agreements. Due to the special circumstances, a separate seminar component is devoted to the transfer of technology in spin-offs. A wide array of services as well as partners and specialists are presented on this topic. Thus, the participants receive a first view of the founding scene at the KIT, the challenges when starting a business, and an initial “gut feeling” of whether they could actually imagine founding their own company. The event was once again topped off with a get-together to discuss individual questions with contact partners of IMA.

The next “From Invention to Innovation” advanced training sessions have already been scheduled: 03/15/2016 and 10/04/2016. Mark your calendar or register directly at the FTU. You can find the seminar in the program using the FTU shorthand MB431.

KIT Entrepreneurship Talk with Prof. Stork – Pioneer of technology transfer at the KIT

Prof. Stork bei den KIT Entrepreneurship TalksOn April 23, 2015, the opening event of the Entrepreneurship Talks for the summer semester 2015 took place. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Stork, multiple founder of KIT spin-offs, collegial leader of the Institute for Information Processing Technologies (ITIV), and director of the area of embedded systems and sensor engineering at the Research Center for Information Technology was invited as a guest. He talked about his professional career, which impressively combines science and entrepreneurship.

Prof. Stork already began to deal with entrepreneurial thought early on alongside to his pure research activities. His motivation in doing so was his curiosity regarding whether there was a possibility to realize his research results and whether there were already companies on the market that could manufacture products from them. The question about realization or even utilization of research results on the market was not self-evident at the time. It was a novelty and wasn’t viewed very positively. Consequently, Prof. Stork had to initially pursue his project relatively unnoticed.

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“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.