At the following places, the University of Stuttgart gives advice on the topic of starting a business:
Initial consultation – “Let US elevate!”
Keen on starting a business, but still looking for a bright idea? You have just completed a research project, which is now in danger of fading into oblivion? Let US elevate! brings together exciting research ideas and enthusiastic students wanting to start a business. The aim is to develop a promising business model, to test it on customers, and thereby prepare for other programs such as the EXIST startup grant or the EXIST research transfer. The project “Let US elevate!” is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg.
Let US elevate! wants to promote the startup culture at the University of Stuttgart in the field of intelligent systems for a sustainable society. To this end, “Let US elevate!” brings together innovative ideas from university research and excellent students to introduce them, at an early stage, to the idea of entrepreneurial independence, to teach them entrepreneurial skills, and to promote interdisciplinary thinking. At the same time, the project aims to increase public awareness of the University of Stuttgart as a problem solver and innovation partner.
How can I participate in “Let US elevate!”?
Keen on creating a start-up from an exciting research project? Or do you yourself have a start-up idea related to research? In either case, please send a short email to Tobias Dürr. Ideally, you have already gained some experience with starting a business, for example in the context of „Let US start!“.
You have an exciting research project with start-up potential? We help turn your project into a start-up! Either with the help of a suitably qualified team of students, or we ourselves will support you in all start-up-related questions and in the realization of your very own start-up. In either case, just send a short email to Tobias Dürr and together we will find a suitable solution.
Support during and after the startup phase – the TTI GmbH
TTI offers advice and information on all topics relating to the planned startup:
- Planning and preparation of the startup
- well-founded, motivating support when writing a business plan
- Assistance in finding network partners as well as mentors and resources at the University of Stuttgart
- Renting out space for startups in the Technology Center
- Help with acquiring funds
Under the umbrella of TTI GmbH, students and academic staff can also establish transfer companies and launch startup projects. In the process, TTI takes on the legal, finance, and personnel management as well as the administrative contract review.
Technology transfer: from scientific achievement to economic success
TTI GmbH was created in 1998 and is a subsidiary of the University of Stuttgart. It promotes a culture of entrepreneurial autonomy to ease the transition to actually starting a business. Here anyone with an idea for a startup can access free consulting services, wide-ranging information, coaching, evaluations, funding advice, and much more. To date, TTI has incubated over 500 startup enterprises.
A sampler of successful business startups incubated by TTI
Pinion specializes in innovative German gearbox technology. Over fifty international bicycle makers by now trust the quality and functionality of the P1.18 gearbox, with its 18 evenly- spaced gear step mechanism centrally integrated in the bicycle frame. This gearbox also laid the foundation for the development of the Pinion Bike, a high-end bike that regularly wins accolades, recommendations, and titles. Business founders Christoph Lermen and Michael Schmitz met in 2006, filed for their first patent in 2007, found an investor in 2009 and changed the previous name to Pinion GmbH. In 2011, they received the University of Stuttgart’s and TTI GmbH’s Technology Transfer Prize.
An innovative software and consulting business, scireum is headquartered in the Greater Stuttgart area and currently has a staff of nearly 20. Andreas and Michael Haufler launched scireum in 2008 as a transfer company startup with TTI: “TTI was one of the most important resources for getting us launched. Without it, our company would not exist." Their company became scireum GmbH in 2009; at present, it markets three in-house developed applications: DataHive database shadowing software, OXOMI, a distribution platform for product and marketing information, and SellSite, a B2B e-business solution.
Scatterblogs is a visualization app that can geolocate keywords, for example from Twitter or FaceBook posts, globally in realtime for event-driven visualization. This lets it rapidly pinpoint unusual events, such as natural disasters in specific regions. The company founders, Harald Bosch, Dennis Thom and Alexandros Panagiotidis, are University of Stuttgart graduates in informatics and visualization. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy supported their business with an EXIST business startup grant. Currently, ScatterBlogs is partnering with the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) and local energy suppliers.
The blickshift startup, founded by Dr. Michael Raschke, Dr. Bernhard Schmitz und Dr.-Ing. Michael Wörner, provides analytical services and software for eye tracking data. They use cutting-edge methods from the visual (Big Data) analytics research field developed at the University of Stuttgart. Visual analytics can significantly reduce the time required for and hence the expense of comprehensive eye tracking data sets. In addition, the algorithms they implemented open up new areas of eye tracking applications; for instance, for use in eye-dependent driving systems, the optimization of websites with a large number of testers, or improvement of the user experience in virtual and augmented reality environments. Their startup was supported by an EXIST business startup grant and is currently funded under the “Young Innovators” program of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
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It will be crucial for driver assist systems of the future to quickly and reliably warn drivers of dangers. The blickshift software uses eye tracking to analyze the driver’s eye movements and behavior with the help of methods from the visual analytics research field. “Thanks to more efficient algorithms, our software substantially shortens the time required for analysis of eye tracking experiments,” Michael Raschke explains. Their startup has been supported by an EXIST grant since 2015. They developed their first project in TTI, Raschke recalls. “TTI made it possible to do business via our own section inside it. It is really a very comfortable and safe approach to learning business processes.”