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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upCAT #3 – Teams pitch successfully on Demo Day

On March 10, 2015, the accelerator program “upCAT” of the KIT Founders Forge ended in applause on the final Demo Day. After twelve weeks of intensive work, the six participating teams presented their business model to an expert audience consisting of business angels, venture capitalists, and Karlsruhe network partners. Six entirely different teams participated in the upCAT #3:

  • ChromX: Software for chromatography modeling for process development and robustness studies for the biopharmaceutical industry
  • LehrWerk: Construction kits as teaching materials for prospective engineers and technicians
  • Paralution: Software and consulting to accelerate the calculation of computer-supported simulation
  • Softtop: Weatherproof covering for bicycles and e-bikes
  • Storrays: Technology for manufacturing ultra-high density peptide arrays
  • tego energy: Energy supply modules for energy harvesting

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Six teams start at the KIT Accelerator upCAT#3

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This week, the third round of the KIT’s own accelerator program upCAT (Startup Catalyst) started with a total of six teams. The participating teams start into the accelerator with the most diverse ideas: the topics range from energy, through education, to bio technology and outdoor products. We are happy that such a wide variety of products has reached the third program cycle. The start of upCat was on November 17th, 2014 with the kick-off week. Apart from the introduction into the program, the teams, organizers, and mentors got to know each other.

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The first PhD Spring School on Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship comes to an end successfully

Doctoral candidates become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

The founder city Karlsruhe and especially KIT offer the perfect platform for emerging entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into a potential business idea and found their own business. In light of this fact, the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (EnTechnon) developed the first “PhD Spring School on Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship”: The focus was on technological inventions as a basis for startups.

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In cooperation with the HECTOR School of Engineering & Management, the School took place from March 26th to March 31st with 21 participants. The participants mainly came from the technological and scientific area. With the help of technical lectures and workshops, they were able to acquire the foundational know-how for the startup of a business. In addition to the theoretical foundations, the scientists were taught how to develop business ideas from research results and technologies. In different workshops, such as creativity, business model development, and financial planning, participants were able to apply their newly acquired stills to practical examples in smaller groups. Among other things, the subject matter to practice on was the technology offerings at KIT, from which the participants created business ideas. These results were presented to a jury at the concluding pitch event on March 31st and the individual groups received feedback about their business ideas.

Andreas Przybilla is a doctoral candidate at KIT. The PhD Spring School was able to strengthen his determination to found his own business. “I received a lot of help in developing my idea into a business idea because there are many aspects in the process of starting up a business that we don’t tend to consider by ourselves.” Przybilla recommends this ‘101’ to all doctoral candidates who seek starting up a business.
Fabian Graf of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg also gives a positive summary of the intensive workdays. The PhD School has given him knowledge of the expectations, preparation, and important topics in business startups. The workshops helped him acquire techniques and tools in order to better realize his creativity and frame his thoughts in a more structured way. “It was a total of four days, so you don’t sacrifice too much PhD working time. But considering such a short amount of time, it was very intensive, all culminating in a pitch event. Here, one can use everything one has learned throughout the past days.”
After the successful end to the School, the preparations for the next round are already underway: the second School will take place in September 2014. For questions and more information, please contact Anja Wahl.