Starting a business

Universities in the Upper Rhine Valley actively promote spin-offs from within the respective colleges. By doing so, the universities offer numerous support and funding opportunities to start-ups and to those interested in founding their own companies, ranging from the development of ideas and financing issues to networking with investors and business incubators.

By furnishing orientation and advice on the topics of financing and support, the start-up offices at the individual universities provide the institutions’ spin-offs with individualized, personal support on their journey towards establishing their independent companies. For example, they might offer assistance with drafting a business plan or in applying for funding, organizing workshops and seminars on all aspects of setting up a company, and arranging events for exchange and networking. In addition, office and laboratory space is available to young entrepreneurs at the universities. Further support services include hackathons, founder pitches, boot camps, and competitions.

The networking events already in place at the individual universities offer founders the opportunity to establish contacts with the start-up scene on the other side of the Rhine. For example, founders from France or Switzerland can participate in the Founder Barbecue at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and expand their network. Further networking opportunities with spin-offs from the Upper Rhine region are offered by the “Festival Génération Startup” of the University of Strasbourg or by the events hosted by the Basel “Entrepreneurs Club”.

For the future, the university partners are planning to cooperate more closely in the area of start-ups and intend to bundle resources in order to promote exchange and knowledge on the Upper Rhine. Various trinational events are being planned for this purpose. Additional projects include creating a bilingual platform to make cross-border know-how available to founders and offer networking opportunities.

You can find an overview of current offerings from the universities on the Upper Rhine here: