Press Release 024/2017

KIT’s Support of Startups Is Exemplary

KIT in Second Place in Gründungsradar Ranking

The current 2016 Gründungsradar ranking by the Stifterverband for Promoting Science and Education reflects exemplary support of startups by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Of the 34 big German universities, KIT is in second place, thus confirming the good results of previous years.


“Parallel to research and education, innovation is one of the core tasks of KIT,” Professor Holger Hanselka, President of KIT, says. “At the interface of science and industry, KIT’s innovations contribute to benefit for society and added values. I am very happy about the good result and the recognition of our work by the Gründungsradar.”


“Support of startups is an important element of KIT’s innovation culture,” Professor Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs of KIT, emphasizes. “All KIT members consider the transfer of findings to application their commitment to solving challenges facing society. The good Gründungsradar ranking, hence, is a high recognition of all founders and innovators at KIT.”


Innovation at KIT

KIT attaches high importance to transferring research results to added values through startups, participations, licenses, and services for industry. Industry partners, students, and employees are offered customized services by KIT, such as the KIT Business Club, KIT Campus Transfer GmbH, and KIT Founders Forge, the first partner to be contacted in case of questions regarding startups and funding. At its high-tech incubator, KIT offers perfect conditions for the spinoffs to grow. KIT NEULAND, the annual innovation day, represents a platform for technologies and startups to present themselves.


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The “Gründungsradar”, the Germany-wide ranking of startup support services by the Stiferverband for Promoting Science and Education places Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in second place together with the University of Potsdam in the category of “Big Universities” with more than 15,000 students. The Technical University of Munich and Munich University of Applied Sciences are in first place. For the third time now, the Gründungsradar ranking was issued by the Stifterverband in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The ranking reflects support of startups and spinoffs by German universities through awareness building and support services as well as through establishment of a sustainable startup culture. However, the ranking also reflects the startup activities realized in the end, i.e. the outcome of startup support services.


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Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,600 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 23,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

kes, 23.02.2017


Monika Landgraf
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