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TU Dortmund University Receives 20 Million Euro Grant from NRW as “Excellence Start-up Center”

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Minister Pinkwart (2nd fr R) congratulated TU Dortmund University, represented by, among others, Chancellor Albrecht Ehlers (3rd fr R) and Professor Andreas Liening (4th fr L).

TU Dortmund University is an “Excellence Start-up Center”: Late Thursday evening, it was announced that the university had won the grant competition of the state of NRW. Over a period of five years, around 20 million euros will be made available to enable TU Dortmund University to increase the number and quality of innovative spin-offs and to optimally support start-ups.

“I am delighted about this tremendous success. We owe it to the continuous development work within our university,” said Albrecht Ehlers, Chancellor of TU Dortmund University.  “Transfer and entrepreneurship shall constitute the third pillar of the university alongside research and teaching. In recent years we have created the necessary structures and filled them with life,” said Professor Ursula Gather, Rector of TU Dortmund University. 

Already in the 1980s, TU Dortmund University was one of the initiators of the neighboring technology park. In 2005 the professorship for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education was created, and in 2012 the start-up support was systematically anchored in the university with the founding initiative “tu>startup”.  In 2017, the Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer (CET) was established as a central institution for the promotion of start-ups and the transfer of technology and knowledge. “Together, we now want to establish a new start-up culture that has a strong impact far beyond Dortmund,” said Professor Andreas Liening, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and CET Board Member.

With the grant for TU Dortmund University, the state of NRW acknowledges the concept of significantly increasing the number of high-tech start-ups with four defined transfer clusters and a broad regional network. The plans to considerably expand the university infrastructure for start-ups were also convincing. A makerspace and a dataspace as well as coworking and seminar rooms are to be created for this purpose. With transfer scouts, the existing ideas and technologies within the faculties are to be identified even better than before and developed for potential spin-offs. Another aspect of the application is the inclusion of local SMEs in the activities of the Excellence Start-up Center.

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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.

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