Start-up support at the University of Göttingen

Faculty Start-up Commissioner

The Georg-August-Universität Göttingen welcomes and supports start-ups of its students, graduates and academic staff. The central point of contact for future company founders is the University's start-up support. At the faculty level, support is provided by the respective founding commissioners. In this function, Prof. Dr. Stefan Dierkes is the first contact person for start-up ideas at the Faculty of Business and Economics. He refers those interested in setting up a business to the University's start-up support department and, in close cooperation with the staff there, accompanies the first steps on the way from the idea to its implementation.

Founding support of the university

The Gründungsförderung (start-up support) is part of the Cooperation and Innovation Unit of the University of Göttingen and supports students, researchers, staff and alumni of the University and the research institutions in the Göttingen Campus from the initial idea to the foundation and beyond. The start-up support team is part of the dynamic start-up scene in Göttingen and networks with partners, mentors and start-ups in the region. In addition to a varied semester programme on start-up topics, they organise the LIFT-OFF start-up competition every year. Here, student and scientific start-up teams, start-ups and spin-offs are accompanied by a mentoring programme and advanced qualification events and awarded prizes in a public award ceremony.

South Lower SaxonyInnovationsCampus (SNIC)

Since 2016, the SüdniedersachsenInnovationsCampus (South Lower SaxonyInnovationsCampus) has also been supporting, among other things, start-up companies in close cooperation with the University of Göttingen and other institutions through a large number of decentralised cooperation and advisory services. As a central structural element of the innovation region Southern Lower Saxony, it has the task of networking companies, universities and research institutions in such a way that they cooperate more closely and benefit from each other, strengthen the start-up culture and counteract the shortage of skilled workers.

The SNIC links scientific findings with practical implementation. Spin-offs from the science sector are supported on the one hand by the Pre-Incubator for students, graduates and employees and on the other by an SNIC Accelerator for start-ups and spin-offs from the life science sector. Here, premises are made available for the teams and supported by an accompanying programme during the start-up process.