RWTH Aachen Successful in "EXIST Gründerkultur - Die Gründerhochschule" Competition


In the "EXIST Gründerkultur – Die Gründerhochschule“ competition by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), RWTH Aachen was awarded a prize for its strategy for the creation of a start-up culture at the University. The Aachen university will now receive up to 3.5 million Euros within the next five years for the implementation of the strategy. The award certificate was presented by the Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Dr. Philipp Rösler.

  Representatives from RWTH Aachen, including Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg, at the Award Ceremony © Foto: RWTH Aachen

Out of the 49 universities participating in the competition, the 12 with the most convincing strategies were presented with an award. On 9 January in Berlin, in a joint presentation, RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg, Vice-Rector Malte Brettel, and Karsten Beneke, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich, introduced the award-winning strategy, titled “RWTH Aachen: The University for Technology-oriented Start-Ups.”

The core of the strategy is the systematic development of start-up support and the creation of an integrated transfer and entrepreneurship center, which is to provide all relevant services from idea generation through advising and financing to post-start-up support.

Furthermore,  the faculties are to be closely involved in the entrepreneurship activities, and an incubator for improved supervision and consulting of start-up teams is to be established. Also, the university will increase the number of classes in the field of entrepreneurship, and the collaboration between RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Jülich in the arena of start-up support will be further extended.  RWTH Aachen and the Jülich research center had already worked closely together in the development of the strategy.

"With our strategy, we seek to further open up the enormous potential of the University in the area of technology-oriented entrepreneurship. The aim is to significantly increase the number of new start-ups and thus to strengthen Aachen as a hub of technology and entrepreneurship,” explains Malte Brettel, RWTH Chair of Economics for Engineers and Natural Scientists at Head of the Aachen Entrepreneurship Center. The strategy will be implemented from April 2013 onwards.