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''.

Economic development in Ilmenau

The economic development officers of the city of Ilmenau support those interested in founding a company, start-ups and young companies on site as personal contacts. They bring them together with established companies and institutions, help in the search for locations and in testing project ideas in the city area or in public facilities.

Performance Center InSignA

The performance center InSignA - Intelligent Signal Analysis and Assistance Systems forms the shoulder of university and non-university research with the economy. Together, the TU Ilmenau and five Thuringian Fraunhofer institutes are working within the framework of the performance center in Ilmenau toquickly bring innovations in the field of intelligent signal analysis and assistance systems intoapplicationtogether with companies .

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Thuringia

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) Südthüringen is the initial information point for start-ups. The IHK provides you with all the important basic information you need to start your own business. Whether it is information on industries, market analyses, forms of distribution, marketing or the preparation of a business plan - the IHK offers individual advice on legal and business management issues relating to the start-up. In addition, the IHK guides through the most important federal and state funding programs and reviews funding applications.

Mittelstand Digital Center Ilmenau

The Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Ilmenau delivers hands-on digitization with practical demonstration and implementation projects. It supports regional companies in the implementation of solutions for concrete problems in the companies. Due to the predominantly small-scale structure of companies in the region, the digitization of business processes and closer networking are of particular importance.

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PATON | Patent Center Thuringia

Providing information competently, quickly and comprehensively is the aim of PATON | Patent Center Thuringia (Landespatentzentrum Thüringen) at the Technische Universität Ilmenau. For more than 25 years, PATON's team of experts has been dealing with topics of information and data processing in the fields of patents, trademarks and designs in research, teaching and practice.


FabLab of TU Ilmenau

The Start-up Service Ilmkubator, UNIKAT, the university library, the Lehrwerkstatt and the Central Institute for Education (ZIB) together build the university's FabLab, a blended makerspace at four locations on campus.!/

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 e-mail.