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July 15, 2020

Green light for Exi+

The University of Stuttgart successfully took part in the university competition EXIST Potentiale in December 2019 – organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) – and now the project Exi+ - Regionale Vernetzung has been given the green light.
[Picture: Melanie Minderjahn]

With this project, the University of Stuttgart aims to improve and intelligently network its scope in the field of entrepreneurship in one of Germany's most innovative regions. A total of 1.6 minion euros had been put aside for this over the next 4 years, to help fund a growing alliance in the Stuttgart region. The strong connections forged will help to counter competition and encourage cooperation

"The true potential lies in networking", states Prof. Peter Middendorf, Vice Rector for Knowledge and Technology Transfer. “Our goal is to improve the visibility of the University of Stuttgart's support network, or anyone interested in business start-ups, by cooperating with important parties in the region.“

"Networking begins in your head", says Prof. Alexander Brem, who founded the Institute of Entrepreneurship at the University of Stuttgart in January 2020, and who is a great believer in developing a close connection between theory and practical experience. “We believe in cultivating a cooperative start-up culture in teaching, transfer and research, in order to realize our full potential for start-ups“, says the Head of the Endowed Chair Professor of Entrepreneurship in Technology and Digitalization, and digitalization, supported by funds from Daimler in the Daimler Foundation.

Based on existing support offers, an alliance for Entrepreneurship Stuttgart will be developed to establish cooperative measures such as consultations standards, community building, meeting points and branding, as well as seamless assistance for start-up projects.

The main protagonists involved in the cooperation for Entrepreneurship Stuttgart are the University of Stuttgart and the Hochschule der Medien. "Innovation takes place at interfaces. I am happy that this new cooperative project will give us the opportunity to create new spaces for such interfaces." Says Nils Högsdal, Vice Rector for Innovation at the Hochschule der Medien.

The cooperation between these two partners in other projects has already resulted in the development of several successful and sustainable formats – such as the joint master’s in Intra and Entrepreneurship. Hartmut Rösch, Director of the Generator Startup Center at HdM, is convinced that, "this new cooperative project and particularly the collaborative consultation activities will soon bear fruit and lead to more and more sustainable science-based start-ups on the Stuttgart campus."


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