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€14.2 Million for “Excellence Start-up Center”

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Tree men in suits are standing in front of a blue wall and are holding a folder with a grant agreement. © MWIDE NRW ​/​ R. Sondermann
Presentation of the grant agreement: Professor Andreas Pinkwart, NRW’s Minister of Economic Affairs (center), pictured here with Professor Andreas Liening (left) and Dr. Ronald Kriedel, Managing Director of the CET.

With the support of the regional government, TU Dort­mund University wants to significantly increase the number of spin-offs in the coming years. To this purpose, Professor Andreas Pinkwart, NRW’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy, presented a grant agreement amounting to € 14.2 million on Monday, 30 September, to Professor Andreas Liening, member of the executive board of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer (CET). TU Dort­mund University is one of six winners in the “Excellence Start-up Center NRW” competition of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The regional government is supporting the “Excellence Start-up Center Dort­mund, Westphalian Ruhr Region & South Westphalia”. The start-up center will function as a central contact point for new entrepreneurs and provide co-working offices for developing business ideas and laying the groundwork for start-ups. An open workshop with equipment and a dataspace will also be set up. This workshop will house technical equipment suitable for bringing prototypes and functional models to market maturity. “The field of entrepreneurship will be boosted through numerous qualification measures,” explains Andreas Liening, who alongside his responsibilities as a member of the CET’s executive board is also professor for “Entrepreneurship and Economics Education” at TU Dort­mund University.

Minister Pinkwart explained: “Start-ups that spin off from higher education institutions are of major importance for the formation and in­ter­na­tio­nal competitiveness of regional start-up ecosystems. I’m very pleased that Dort­mund is forging ahead here and wants to significantly increase the number of innovative and high-growth spin-offs by enhancing its in-house infrastructure for start-ups.”

New home in TechnologieZentrumDortmund

The Excellence Start-up Center (ESC) and the CET will move into TechnologieZentrumDortmund (TZDO) at the turn of the year. TZDO’s managing director Guido Baranowski and both members of the CET’s executive board, Albrecht Ehlers, Chancellor of TU Dort­mund University, and Professor Liening, have signed a corresponding lease agreement and in doing so created a contact point for new businesses and transfer on the science and technology campus. On an area of about 2,000 m2, CET and ESC staff will build up an extensive range of support facilities and services: Makerspace and dataspace, co-working and office space as well as a wide range of training opportunities.

Group picture of four men, two sitting at a table, signing a document, two standing next to them. © Felix Schmale​/​TU Dort­mund
Dr. Ronald Kriedel (Managing Director of the CET), Albrecht Ehlers (Chancellor of TU Dort-mund University and member of the CET’s executive board), Guido Baranowski, Managing Director of TZDO, and Professor Andreas Liening (member of the CET’s executive board) at the signing of the lease agreement.

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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.