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Start-up and Advisory Services

Do you have exploitable research results or an idea for a new business venture? Then we’re happy to assist with its implementation. CET helps students, staff and graduates of all faculties at TU Dort­mund University as well as technology and knowledge-based start-ups with the concrete planning and realization of their business ideas.

We assess your ideas or research results with the aid of state-of-the-art entrepreneurial methods, help you to draft and develop business models, with value propositions, how to recognize market opportunities or draw up a business plan. We also help you with your applications to funding programs for early-stage finance. Co-working spaces and a makerspace are also at your disposal for further developing your start-up project and constructing prototypes. CET coordinates the StartUP.InnoLab – Westfälisches Ruhrgebiet, a cross-university incubator program for outstanding start-ups in the region.

Please feel free to share your research results and business ideas with the CET team!

We assess your projects on the basis of a checklist and with the aid of state-of-the-art entrepreneurial methods. Our advisory services center on personal coaching, help with drafting and developing business models and business plans as well as sounding out funding programs for early-phase finance and submitting applications.

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We provide rooms for students and staff wishing to further develop a start-up project. The open working environment and direct exchange of knowledge and experience offer the perfect platform for your creativity to flourish and also help new projects to blossom. To apply, please send a short motivation letter including details of your start-up project to:

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CET coordinates the StartUP.InnoLab – Westfälisches Ruhrgebiet, a 12-month incubator program that offers start-up entrepreneurs an ideal framework in which to give their project ideas a thorough check – as well as a significant boost! InnoLab’s portfolio, which comprises six core services, includes putting you in touch with experienced mentors, seminars in our Innovation Academy, financial advice as well as workshops customized specifically to the needs of start-up enterprises.

Students, staff and graduates from higher education institutions in Dort­mund and the region are eligible to apply, as are other interested parties who have either already set up an innovative start-up or have a knowledge/technology-based idea for one.

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Together with the Department of Engineering Education, we offer budding start-up entrepreneurs a makerspace where they can further develop product ideas, manufacture prototypes and then test them in the marketplace. You just need a short introduction and not a lot of prior technical expertise to use the makerspace. It’s equipped with everything you need for prototyping (3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, etc.).

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Contact and directions

© TU Dort­mund

Friedrich-Wöhler-Weg 6, Raum SRG / 3.020
Tel.: (0231) 755-8298

© TU Dort­mund

Friedrich-Wöhler-Weg 6, Raum SRG I / 3.020
Tel.: (0231) 755-5261

Postal address
Technische Universität Dort­mund
Centrum für Entrepreneurship & Transfer
D-44221 Dort­mund

Delivery address
Technische Universität Dort­mund
Centrum für Entrepreneurship & Transfer
Friedrich-Wöhler-Weg 6
D-44227 Dort­mund

Campus address
Campus Nord
Gebäude Seminarraumgebäude I

The “Dort­mund Universität” train station (S-Bahn) is located directly on North Campus. From there, the S1 runs every 20 to 30 minutes to Dort­mund Central Station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf Main Station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. The 445, 447 and 462 bus routes also serve the University. You can find a timetable on the website of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr, the local public transport company, and DSW21 (Dort­mund Department of Public Works) also has an interactive route map.

One of the landmarks of TU Dort­mund University is the H-Bahn. No. 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via the “Campus Süd” and “Dort­mund Universität S” stops; No. 2 runs every 5 minutes between the “Campus Nord” and “Campus Süd” stops. The journey takes two minutes.

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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.