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    Excellent start-up support at JMU

    02/21/2017

    The "Gründungsradar" (start-up radar) of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft ranks the Julius Maximilians University (JMU) among the top large universities in Germany.

    6.401 Gründungsprojekte haben die Hochschulen 2016 betreut. Dies geht aus einer Studie des Stifterverbandes für die Deutsche Wirtschaft hervor. Darin wird das Gründungsklima an der Universität Würzburg besonders gelobt. (Foto: Stifterverband)
    6.401 Gründungsprojekte haben die Hochschulen 2016 betreut. Dies geht aus einer Studie des Stifterverbandes für die Deutsche Wissenschaft hervor. Darin wird das Gründungsklima an der Universität Würzburg besonders gelobt. (Foto: Stifterverband)

    The Gründungsradar evaluates the general conditions and profiles of German universities aimed at supporting start-ups at the institutions. The focus is on how universities promote the start-up of businesses and the development of entrepreneurial skills.

    Overall the University of Würzburg ranked among the top ten of large German universities, i.e. such institutions where more than 15,000 students are enrolled. This represents a significant improvement compared to 2012 and 2013 when the radar study was conducted for the first time.

    "Over the past years, we have intensified the start-up support at the SFT by collaborating closely with the research funding, the invention and patent consulting and the general knowledge and technology transfer. This has allowed us to provide comprehensive service and support to persons who want to start up their own business. We are very pleased that these efforts have caught the attention of the Stifterverband to such a degree," says Professor Lukas Worschech, Head of the Service Center for Research and Technology Transfer (SFT) at the University of Würzburg.

    The study attempts to assess how universities work among others in the fields of generating awareness and providing support for start-ups and to what extent a sustainable start-up culture is rooted institutionally. The evaluation also considers which start-up activities are implemented in terms of the output yielded by the efforts.

    University of Würzburg top in institutional anchoring

    Among the large universities, the University of Munich and the Technical University of Munich share the top-ranking position with 10.8 points each – Würzburg scores 9.9 points.

    Especially in the field of start-up anchoring (institutional anchoring), the University of Würzburg's services reach excellent results: In this category, the university shares the top position with the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, the University of Munich and the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf.

    "We are especially proud of this as it demonstrates that we set high goals for ourselves as an institution and it points out the fundamental importance of the work we are doing here in the start-up consulting at the SFT in an interdisciplinary network of multipliers and promoters," Worschech says.

    Recommendations for politics and science

    Based on the results, the authors of the study issue recommendations for the universities, politics and industry to create a successful culture of start-up promotion. According to the study, successful start-up promotion should be understood as a holistic concept that comprises teaching, research and consulting and should be embedded in a comprehensive transfer strategy that includes all methods of knowledge transfer.

    At the University of Würzburg, this structure is implemented in the Service Center for Research and Technology Transfer (SFT). It integrates invention consulting, third-party funding, technology transfer and start-up consulting. The center collaborates closely with the Chair in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management and with the alumni network and is part of a strong regional network.

    All results available online

    Moreover, the study praises the creation of selective stimuli for transfer activities or supporting the start-up idea through university-owned transfer funds. For politics, the authors recommend to allocate start-up funds based on performance and to give more weight to business model innovations.

    All study results are available on the Gründungsradar homepage.

    Contact

    Dr. Cornelia Kolb
    Service Center for Research and Technology Transfer (SFT)
    Telephone: +49 931 31-88652, e-mail: c.kolb@uni-wuerzburg.de

    The Gründungsradar website:
    http://www.gruendungsradar.de/

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