Network for startUPs

Institutions and Projects of HFU

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Innovations- und Forschungs-Centrum Tuttlingen – IFC (Innovation- and Research Center)

The topic of entrepreneurship at Furtwangen University is anchored at IFC – Tuttlingen Innovation and Research Centre . The HFU startup consultancy “startUPcampus” provides support to those interested in starting a business and to founders from all university locations and accompanies them on their way to self-employment with individually developed support measures.

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startUPcampus – the HFU start-up consultancy

Are you interested in the startup scene and innovation? Then contact us – the HFU startup consultancy “startUPcampus” at the Innovation and Research Center (IFC) Tuttlingen! If you already have an idea, just bring it along. If you don’t have an idea yet, we will work with you to develop initial solutions to real problems. We show you financing possibilities and help you with the application for funding programs, we support you in the creation of business plans, we integrate you into networks that are relevant for future entrepreneurs and much more…

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The CoHMed project promotes medical technology research at the HFU. The aim is to support regional companies in the development of sustainable products and to strengthen the research and science location. 

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KTUR – Knowledge Transfer Upper Rhine

The trinational project on the Upper Rhine promotes technology transfer between universities and industry. In the area of start-ups, KTUR ensures more exchange among start-ups in the region and creates joint trinational offers for founders. 

IBC – the two consulting associations at the Furtwangen und Schwenningen campusses

For more than 20 years, the junior consultants of our two associations have been advising small & medium-sized enterprises as well as start-ups in a variety of business matters. Thanks to our large pool of knowledge, we can support you in numerous areas from the support of your business plan to the development of an online store and give you innovative impulses.

Accelerators and Startup Initiatives

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Gründergarage IHK Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg

At the IHK-Gründergarage or IHK “Founder’s Workshop”, basic knowledge about entrepreneurial activity and specific added value are imparted, with the aim of successfully realizing business ideas. The Gründergarage relies on a free and multi-layered information and qualification offer, which can be individually modified to the needs of the participants.
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IHK Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg

The Industrie- und Handelskammer IHK Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg accompanies those interested in starting their own business on the way to being self-employment with guidance. Events and seminars as well as information material. In the start-up workshop, you will work on your foundations for self-employment together with other people, who are interested in starting their business, using the expertise of the IHK.

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With a wide range of supporting services, the different stages of building and developing business are covered: from the first insights into the start-up world to the development of a business idea or creating market entry.

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The Neckar-Eschach EGON start-up-offensive accompanies start-ups, companies and new settlements. The joint economic development of the 3 communities Niedereschach, Dauchingen and Deißlingen coaches founders and imparts business management know-how. It networks the local trade with adequate partners. It also shows ways to subsidies and financing.

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Steinbeis Beratungszentrum

The Steinbeis-Beratungszentrum Unternehmenscoaching supports and advises companies in the development and implementation of corporate strategies in all technological and business areas. 

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St. Georgener Technologiezentrum

The St. Georgener Technologiezentrum GmbH (short: TZ) supports people interested in and willing to set up their own company, right up to founders in the realization of their innovative product, process or service ideas.  In the course of so-called “innovation labs” in TC, students from the regional universities who are interested in setting up their own companies are given the tools to develop their own innovations. With its infrastructure, TZ offers those interested in setting up a business the opportunity to turn their business idea into a finished business concept.

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The economic initiative “Baden-Württemberg: Connected” (bwcon) connects companies, research and experts. The bwcon GmbH offers founders guidance and support in the innovation process. Offers include regular innovation labs in cooperation with the St. Georgen Technology Center. With the annual announcement of the renowned high-tech award CyberOne, young companies are reached that set new impulses and standards with innovative business concepts.

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Technologiewerkstatt Albstadt

From the idea over the conversion up to growth: the technology workshop supports founders in the Zollernalbkreis on the way into the independence up to the successful enterprise. 



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Gründerbüro of Freiburg University

The University of Freiburg supports spin-offs and promotes further education and teaching in the field of start-up-relevant qualifications. The goal is to establish a sustainable start-up culture. The “Founders’ Office” provides support on the way to independence.

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Entrepreneurship Center Tübingen

The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen promotes the transfer of technology into application and exploitation. The start-up support team assists students as well as scientists, employees and alumni, so that innovative ideas and projects can be turned into successful start-ups.

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Northwestern Switzerland University of Applied Science

The University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland is a member of the trinational project KTUR. One focus of the start-up support is to support the development of innovative business models.

Network Organizations

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Medical Mountains

The MedicalMountains – Medical Technology Cluster networking the regional players in the medical technology sector around Tuttlingen. Exchange and cooperation between the members promote innovation and the international competitive position. Via the offer of qualification measures, knowledge remains up-to-date and expertise is accumulated.

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Technology Mountains

For the members of the network in the fields of medical technology, microtechnology, plastics technology and machining, Technology Mountains offers information, consulting and support in the areas of industrial property rights, financing of innovative projects through state subsidies as well as future technological developments. One focus is  bringing business and science together for the development and implementation of innovative concepts and technologies.

Banks and Credit Institutions

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Kreissparkasse Tuttlingen

The Kreissparkasse Tuttlingen finances start-ups and cooperates with the state and federal development banks when necessary.

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The State Bank of Baden-Württemberg supports start-ups and companies in their new business start-ups, investment projects and energy-saving measures. A wide range of support programs offer founders opportunities for financial assistance. 

Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports the start-up culture at Furtwangen University by funding the project “startUPspace@HFU”, within the framework of which parts of the activities of the HFU start-up consultancy “startUPcampus” are supported.