RWTH Innovation and German Entrepreneurship Form Strategic Partnership


RWTH Innovation GmbH and German Entrepreneurship GmbH are forming a strategic partnership to strengthen the German start-up ecosystem in Germany and internationally.

  Copyright: © Max Fuhrmann From left to right: Matthias Notz, CEO of German Entrepreneurship GmbH, and Professor Malte Brettel, RWTH's Vice-Rector for Industry and Business Relations

The partnership agreement was signed by the Vice-Rector for Industry and Business Relations of RWTH Aachen University and Managing Director of RWTH Innovation GmbH, Professor Malte Brettel, and the Managing Director of German Entrepreneurship GmbH, Matthias Notz.

"In recent years, we have seen a great development of the German start-up ecosystem. Now is the time to connect the key players nationally and internationally even more closely to promote founders in the best possible way," comments Matthias Notz. "Together, RWTH Innovation and German Entrepreneurship have the ambition to promote a larger number of successful deep-tech start-ups in Germany and to make them successful worldwide," says Malte Brettel.

By combining the expertise of RWTH Innovation in the field of deep tech and the experience of German Entrepreneurship GmbH in accelerating and scaling up start-ups, an initiative has been created that covers various areas.

One focus will be on the acceleration and internationalization of start-ups through joint programs for early-stage start-ups, for example through joint events in the RWTH Incubation Program. In addition, the new partners will establish a strong international network of experts from business and research and make it accessible to deep-tech start-ups in Germany. In this way, young entrepreneurs will be directly networked with experienced entrepreneurs, technical experts from science, or experienced industry experts.

RWTH Innovation GmbH is RWTH Aachen University’s technology transfer office and center for entrepreneurship activities. RWTH Innovation engages in advising and supporting students and scientists to transfer their research into viable business ideas. RWTH Innovation’s entrepreneurship center seeks to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs, training and supporting them on their way to setting up successful companies.

The mission of German Entrepreneurship GmbH (de) is to promote innovation in companies of all sizes – from DAX-listed corporations to medium-sized companies and startups. It runs the German Accelerator program, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy, and the Accelerator at the LMU University Entrepreneurship Center in Munich. Since its foundation, the company has provided assistance to more than 590 start-ups such as Celonis, Flixbus, Foodora, and N26. The company also supports businesses in the area of corporate innovation, for example in setting up their own innovation units or corporate accelerators.


RWTH Innovation GmbH

German Entrepreneurship GmbH