First KTUR Summer School on Entrepreneurship – a perfect example of successful trinational and intercultural cooperation

From Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, around 30 students and PhDs from 8 KTUR partner universities and 12 different nationalities came together in Freiburg, Basel and Strasbourg for the KTUR Summer School on Entrepreneurship to get a compact insight into how to turn an idea into a business – an inspiring experience for all parties involved!

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Digital Platform for Knowledge & Tech Transfer – “Faster, better, easier and more transparent KTT”

Led by the question: “How can we improve knowledge and tech transfer activities in the Upper Rhine valley, to bridge academic discoveries and needs from the industry?”, the KTUR team has worked closely together on building a digital platform for Knowledge and Technology Transfer in the Upper Rhine region.

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The SPARK Trinational ideas competition ends on a high note

SPARK 2021 has been an exciting journey for the 13 student teams and their mentors! In the end, all teams pitched their impressive results in front of a panel of judges, who had the tough task to choose winners for the three categories: Sustainability, Scalability and Social Impact .

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Ahead of the game at the Trinatronics competition

At this year’s mechatronics competition Trinatronics, organized by the trinational university alliance TriRhenaTech, students from the three KTUR partner universities DHBW Lörrach, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and Université Haute Alsace Mulhouse won the two prizes in mixed teams. An outstanding success!

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SPARK: Trinational ideas competition – learn from successful local entrepreneurs and transform your ideas into viable products

The successful SPARK ideas competition of the Foundersclub Freiburg will take place from 15th of May – 17th of July 2021 – now as a trinational event within the framework of the KTUR project. At the ideas competition last year in 2020 80 students from different disciplines, took part to develop start-up projects based on cool ideas. During the program, the students – from computer science, design to classical business studies – worked together in teams. 13 exciting projects resulted from the competition.

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New team member – Colleague Robot

Due to advancing digitalization, increasing cost pressure as well as increased customer and flexibility requirements, companies are confronted with the challenge of using their available resources more and more efficiently. Process automation with robotics is at the forefront of future-oriented human-computer interaction, both in the production and service sectors. How does the implementation of such solutions work? What challenges arise? What are the possible development prospects for companies in the region? On May 20 at 3:00 p.m., Offenburg University of Applied Sciences will bring together a panel of researchers, developers and users to discuss these issues as part of the new series of events “Future Company”.

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From bench to bedside – Interview with Prof. Dr. Véronique Orian-Rousseau

Prof. Dr. Véronique Orian-Rousseau is Professor of Genetics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and co-founder of the pharmaceutical start-up company amcure. After completing her PhD at the University of Strasbourg, this French scientist joined the KIT (at the time Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe). Since 2003 she is heading a research group, now embedded in the Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems - Functional Molecular Systems. We spoke to Prof. Orian-Rousseau about her experience in exploiting her own research results and how the founding of amcure changed her work as a scientist.

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Trinational continuing education programs: Interview with working group leader Romina Junk

One of the main topics of KTUR is scientific continuing education. Within the framework of the project, the team will create trinational offers, which suit the immediate needs of companies from the Upper Rhine region and consider the different legal aspects in the involved countries. We spoke with Romina Junk, leader of the KTUR working group and head of the Insitute for Scientific Continuing Education at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, about the current state and challenges in designing trinational continuing education programs.

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KTUR Startup & Innovation Nights

Within the framework of KTUR, the "KTUR Startup & Innovation Nights" will take place for the first time. On two consecutive evenings, universities, startups, companies and intermediaries of the Upper Rhine region will have the opportunity to get to know each other and to exchange experiences and ideas on how the innovation network in the Upper Rhine region can grow and gain more supraregional attention.

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