- Top News
- Press Releases
- Campus & Culture
TU Dortmund University financially participates in promising start-ups and thus treads new ground. “For the first time, we can help establish businesses on the market that are spin-offs of TU Dortmund University,” said Matthias Giese, Head of the Department of Finance and Procurement. He was instrumental in developing the investment model with his team and, together with Albrecht Ehlers, Chancellor of TU Dortmund University, is the Managing Director of the TU concept GmbH. Through this limited liability company, the university will hold a share in future companies.
TU concept GmbH is already holding a share in two companies: classicon GmbH and Crop.Evolution GmbH (in the founding process). Both companies have emerged from the university. And both show the broad spectrum representing Universitas, i.e. the totality and diversity of the sciences, which characterizes TU Dortmund University.
Digital stage offers exclusive live concerts
With its internet platform, the digital stage takt1, classicon GmbH offers access to an archive of classical music videos to lovers of classical music. As a special highlight, takt1 regularly presents exclusive live concerts with world-class music partners. One of the founders is Professor Holger Noltze from the Institute of Music and Musicology at TU Dortmund University. Also participating is Benedikt Stampa, the longtime director of the Konzerthaus Dortmund and current director of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
Crop.Evolution GmbH i.Gr. has set itself the goal of developing and marketing a disruptive production process in the field of “natural substance production with recombinant crops”. Crop.evolution - in addition to b.value AG as the main shareholder and TU concept GmbH, Prof. Oliver Kayser from the Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering is also on board – wants to develop the process to patent maturity and market it after patenting.
Assistance in establishing companies on the market
The stakes held in the two companies should only be the beginning for start-up support by TU Dortmund University. “So far, we have faced the problem that TU Dortmund University has been able to offer a wide range of teaching and consulting services for all development steps along the founding process right up to the founding of the company,” said Rector Professor Ursula Gather, representing the shareholder TU Dortmund University. “However, because of legal reasons, we could not assist the start-up when it established itself on the market. We can now change this with TU concept GmbH.”
It is important to the TU concept managing directors Albrecht Ehlers and Matthias Giese that no public money made available by the German government to the university for research and teaching is used as stakes in start-ups. “After all, every start-up involves a risk of loss,” said Giese. Thus, the capital of TU concept GmbH does not come from taxes. Rather, the money comes from profits that TU Dortmund University was able to achieve in externally financed economic research projects after deduction of all costs – personnel, use of facilities, including all taxes incurred, etc. – that were taken into account.
TU concept GmbH is expected to grow substantially. Above all, Albrecht Ehlers and Matthias Giese want to invest the returns from the start-ups that have established themselves on the market with the help of the university immediately in new start-ups. An advisory board currently appointed by TU concept GmbH will support the selection and assessment of potential candidates for funding.
Search and find
Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
Dortmund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dortmund Airport to TU Dortmund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dortmund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dortmund Airport.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.