Network and partners

The university's start-up service is embedded in a strong network of partners, supporters and economic actors. In addition to partners within the TU Ilmenau, the Ilmkubator also has a broad external network, which not only has a regional impact, but also extends beyond the borders of Thuringia. In addition to joint events and cooperations, we also offer a wide range of support services with our partners.

An overview of our most important partners can be found here:

TGZ Ilmenau - Technology and Start-up Centre Ilmenau

The Technology and Start-up Centre Ilmenau forms a location community of technology-oriented start-ups. Together with local partners, synergy effects are exploited between resident companies, university and non-university research institutions and companies in the region.

Thuringian University Start-Up Network

The Thuringian University Start-Up Network provides competent support for those interested in starting a business. The services offered range from consulting and coaching services to qualification and teaching offers, network contacts, premises as well as access to funding opportunities. Due to the diversity of fields of activity and competences of the Thuringian universities, the network offers the possibility of a cross-location and interdisciplinary exchange for founders and start-up projects.

ThEx - Thuringian Center for Start-ups and Entrepreneurship

The Thuringian Centre for Start-ups and Entrepreneurship (ThEx) is a central point of contact for those interested in setting up a business as well as for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The ThEx makes the diverse range of consulting and support services offered by the institutions associated with the ThEx available in a concentrated, transparent and targeted manner.

Thüringer Bogen

The ''Thüringer Bogen'' is the new regional brand of the districts of Gotha and Ilm-Kreis, the economically strongest districts in Thuringia. As a partner of business and administration, of educational institutions and associations, the regional management actively shapes the economic and living region in the ''Thüringer Bogen''.

From mentors to workshops or the right contact person: Our aim is always to bring together the right partners. We are happy to put you in touch with the right people and players in our network. Please feel free to contact us by phone or make an appointment via email to