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In cooperation with our partners, we provide support in all phases of entrepreneurship - regardless of whether there is only an idea, a concrete start-up project or the founding process is already in progress.

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Start-up Service

  • First check of the business idea
  • Information on research funding programs
  • Application for funding (especially EXIST start-up scholarship or research transfer)
  • Assistance in the development of business models and the preparation of business plans
  • together with the PATON: property right strategy of the (planned) company

Ilmkubator Class

The Ilmkubator Class is the intensive coaching program of our coaches for high-potential start-up teams. These are to be developed further in the support and coaching structure of the class by linking monetary and non-material support services with a comprehensive coaching and qualification process. In the pilot phase in 2020, three to four teams will be advised from August 2020 to January 2021.

All Information about the Ilmkubator Class and participation options can be read here.

Further offers: Business Model Schmiede and EXIST-Track

Starting in autumn 2020, these structured programmes will prepare people interested in entrepreneurship specifically for the application to EXIST (EXIST Track) or will give them the opportunity to concretise their business models under expert guidance (Business Model Forge; German: Schmiede).

Network and Infrastructure

  • Integration in partner networks
  • Contacts with mentors, technology and start-up centres, IHK, financial backers
  • Workshops & mediation of qualification and consulting offers
  • Infrastructure for foundation preparation
  • Arranging contacts to the departments of the TU Ilmenau (use of laboratories etc.)

Contact Persons

Jan Radicke

Coordination and Start-up Service

TGZ Ilmenau, Ehrenbergstr. 11, Room 2.0.09
Phone: +49 3677 69-2528



Laura Martin

Public Relations and Event Management

TGZ Ilmenau, Ehrenbergstr. 11, Room 2.0.09
Tel.: +49 3677 69-2733



Franziska Dettke

Scouting und Coaching

Langewiesener Straße 32, Raum 2227 (OG)
Tel.: +49 3677 69-2734



Lars Mackel

Entrepreneurship Education

Langewiesener Straße 32, Raum 2225 (OG)
Tel.: +49 3677 69-2736




Further Offers: Patent and Brand Consulting

The responsible person for property rights supports spin-offs concerning:

  • Questions about industrial property protection
  • Proprietary protection of research results
  • Acquisition of research results of TU Ilmenau through spin-offs
  • Trade mark application

Contact person:
Ms. Cordula Mueseler

Leibnizbau | Room 4151

Phone: +49 3677 69 - 1707


Start-up Studies at TU Ilmenau

These studies include the transfer and dissemination of knowledge and skills concerning the foundation and management of a company. The focus lies on the further development of key qualifications, working out a business plan as well as the education about business and jurisprudential knowledge.

  • Content: 16 hours per week and semester

  • Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate on the  attended courses

Further offers (only partially in English)

Business start-up portal of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi): comprehensive founder portal with support concerning working out a business plan, check lists, panel of experts, different planners and helps, online training and other services for founders

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