Entrepreneurial transfer has been explicitly anchored in the current Excellence Strategy. This represents a steady and mutual exchange of ideas, knowledge, technology, and people at the University, with partner organizations, as well as business and society.
The well-established interaction of technology scouting and consulting structures resulted in RWTH being ranked the third best university for start-ups in the 2018 German Start-up Monitor.
This integrative approach now serves as a blueprint for the development of Europe's largest incubator.
The associated concept is aimed at
1. entrepreneurial thinking and acting becoming a key component of the University’s culture,
2. no idea and no research result getting lost for transfer to the economy and society, and
3. each start-up receiving the targeted support it needs to be successful start-up.
According to the vision Your Venture, Your Way - RWTH Aachen: Leading the Way in Orchestrating Entrepreneurship, the unique resources of RWTH and the entire RWTH environment (technology, expertise, infrastructure, human capital, cooperation partners, and capital) will be made available for start-up teams from RWTH and even all over Germany in the coming years.
The Collective Incubator is the new entrepreneurship hub that spans 3,200 square meters. It will be frequented by over 1,000 students each day and form the lively core of the campus. Start-up support will be managed centrally there: teams will be able to access start-up advising and crucial resources from RWTH and its external partners.
Each team will be offered the individual support it needs for its specific development. To make this possible, partners with proven expertise, such as Fraunhofer Venture or digitalHUB Aachen are involved in the consulting process.
This integrative approach will transform the whole University into the largest and best equipped technical incubator in Europe.
The Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia supports the implementation of this concept and the pursuit of various fields of action in the funding measure Excellence Start-up Center.NRW.