Innovationen, Startups und Entrepreneurship


Entrepreneurial Transfer

According to the vision "Your Venture, Your Way - RWTH Aachen: Leading the Way in Orchestrating Entrepreneurship", the unique resources of RWTH and the entire RWTH environment (technology, expertise, infrastructure, human capital, cooperation partners, and capital) will be made available for start-up teams from RWTH and even all over Germany in the coming years.

The "Entrepreneurial Transfer" stands for the mutual exchange of ideas, knowledge, technology and people within the university, with partner organisations as well as business and society. RWTH students, graduates and researchers are thus provided with comprehensive and customized support in all stages of setting up a start-up.

Since 2018, all the services formerly offered by the Entrepreneurship Center have been provided by the new Center for Entrepreneurship, RWTH Innovation - a cooperation between the newly founded RWTH Innovation GmbH and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship group (WIN).

  logo © Exzellenz Start-Up Center

Exzellenz Start-Up Center.NRW

The concept includes the professionalization of start-up consulting, the extension of individual support for founders and networking with external supporters from the economy, such as business angels, venture capital funds, start-ups, companies, accelerators, as well as universities, research institutions and technology centers. This unique contact point is intended to become the largest incubator for entrepreneurship in Europe and at the same time serve to network start-up teams from all over Germany.


  • they support and accompany researchers and inventors of RWTH Aachen University in the entire innovation process from developing the idea to marketing the technology.
  • they advise and support students and scientists of RWTH Aachen University in founding their start-ups.
  • they provide companies with direct access to the research and innovation landscape of RWTH Aachen University.

For further information, please see the adjoining link:  Exzellenz Start-Up Center.NRW

The aim of the strategy is to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and acting and to make it a central part of RWTH culture. No idea, no research result should be lost that has value for the nation’s economic fabric or society. Each startup team is to get the target-oriented support it needs to launch a successful business. 


Professor Malte Brettel, Vice Rector for Industry and Business Relations


Integrated Interdisciplinary University of Technology 

Research at RWTH Aachen University focuses on relevant problems arising from global challenges. The aim is to provide solutions for today’s complex and multi-faceted problems by developing an integrated interdisciplinary approach to research. Topics include sustainable synthetic fuels, data mining, computa- tional science, production technology, high-performance materials, health, renewable resources and mobility. RWTH Aachen has identified eight key research areas, The Profile Areas.

The Profile Areas - RWTH Aachen University

Production Engineering (ProdE)

Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE)

Molecular Sciences and Engineering (MSE)

Energy, Chemical and Process Engineering (ECPE)

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Mobility and Transport Engineering (MTE)                                                               

Computational Science and Engineering (CompSE)

Medical Science and Technology (MedST)

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