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TU Dortmund University’s support for academics setting up their own businesses as university spin-offs is outstanding. In the newest evaluation of the “Start-up Radar” of the Stifterverband (an initiative devoted to consulting, networking, and promoting improvements in the fields of education, science, and innovation), TU Dortmund University has achieved fifth place in the overall ranking among German universities with over 15,000 students. According to the study, the university provides “exemplary support for start-ups”.
The Stifterverband uses its “Start-up Radar” to look at and compare the efforts universities are making to boost start-up culture. One of TU Dortmund University’s guarantees for success in this context is the Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer (CET). “In the course of CET’s commendation as an “Exzellenz Start-up Center.NRW”, and thanks to the funding awarded in conjunction with this, we’ve been able to significantly expand and enhance our activities in support of start-ups in the last 18 months,” says Albrecht Ehlers, Chancellor of TU Dortmund University and member of CET’s executive board.
This is reflected in the Stifterverband’s ranking: Since the last “Start-up Radar”, which was conducted in 2018, TU Dortmund University has been able to improve its performance in many sub-areas, such as awareness-raising and networking. This time, the university has achieved particularly high scores in the category “Structural and Institutional Anchoring of Start-up Support”. Evaluated in this category, among others, are transfer strategies and the setting up of a central coordination unit offering advisory services for start-ups. The inclusion of the topics of start-ups and transfer in the university’s “Agreement on Objectives” and a transfer and start-up strategy documented in written form have also contributed to its top ranking.
Results from 42 institutions evaluated
“This great result has shown us where our strengths lie. We must make greater use of these now and transpose them into significantly more research and start-up projects,” stresses Ehlers. According to the study, there is still room for improvement in the area of start-up activities.
The “Start-up Radar” is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and conducted by the Stifterverband in cooperation with the Marga and Kurt Möllgaard Foundation. It was compiled by the Stifterverband for the first time in 2012. In the study, all state and state-approved private universities are asked about their activities in support of start-ups. For the ranking of the largest universities, the results from 42 institutions were evaluated.
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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 South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). 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 North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus 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”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. 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 South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.