We support spin-offs

Using inventions and scientific discoveries to found a company. The Technical University of Munich wants to motivate its researchers even more to do this - with "TUMentrepreneurship".

Forming the start-up idea from a discovery: TUMentrepreneurship accompanies researchers in this process, especially in the scientific fields of the future with great added value for society:

  • Software/Artificial Intelligence
  • Molecular Assembly
  • Healthcare
  • Quantum
  • Robotics/ Artificial Intelligence
  • Aerospace
  • Food & & Agro
  • Built Environment
  • Mobility
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Sustainability

The goal of TUMentrepreneurship is to actively promote start-ups from research. The strategy therefore focuses on four pillars. They support each other and are continuously developed further:

  1. Spin-Off Process
  2. International Entrepreneurship Network
  3. Best practice methods for people interested in founding a company
  4. Vibrant start-up culture

Spin-Off Process

At the heart of TUMentrepreneurship lies the spin-off process, through which more start-ups are initiated from academia and continuously supported until they successfully enter the market.

The process is divided into three parts:

  • utilization of research results / technologies in spin-offs.
  • Development of entrepreneurial talent from science
  • Establishment of growth-oriented companies

Measures relevant to success are offered for each phase of the spin-off process. In special formats, possible applications of new technologies are identified, selected and evaluated at an early stage. In workshops and seminars, those interested in founding a company are given entrepreneurial qualifications. The start-up consultancy accompanies technology teams individually during the start-up phase. The exchange in our start-up network supports and motivates researchers in the pre-start-up phase of their company.

International Entrepreneurship Network

TUM is part of a strong regional, national and international entrepreneurship network. With TUMentrepreneurship, this network is made accessible to TUM founders. Internally, the network actors include start-up ambassadors who represent the start-up topic as ambassadors, multipliers and role models at each of the 15 faculties. Scientific advisors are available to advise start-up projects on the state of the art in technology and research and establish contacts with other experts from science and industry. Externally, experts from industry are involved as mentors for start-up teams.

Best practice methods for people interested in founding a company

The effective implementation of the proactive spin-off process of TUMentrepreneurship requires the use of modern methods and tools to support founders. These tools concern e.g. business development, business process management, team building, growth and quality management. Entrepreneurship Research develops specific methods and tools for founders in close cooperation with the start-up consultancy. The use and success of the measures, methods and tools are checked by Entrepreneurship Research via a feedback and monitoring system. All entrepreneurship research activities are bundled in the TUMentrepreneurship Research Institute (TUM ERI).

The Entrepreneurship Steering Committee steers the entrepreneurship activities of TUM and advises the Presidential Board on strategic entrepreneurship decisions. The UnternehmerTUM, a legally independent affiliated institute of the university, is also represented on this committee. Coordinators in TUM's central entrepreneurship institutions ensure the implementation of the strategy, processes and activities.

TUMentrepreneurship Mission

We accompany tech founders on their way to success.

In our incubation program for students, scientists, and alumni, we strengthen ideas and explore opportunities, providing support, training, and resources such as tools and co-working spaces.

Our community inspires entrepreneurial talent and strengthens teams to build leading global companies with a significant positive impact on society.


2020: Establishment of the TUM Venture Labs in key technology fields with the aim of making Munich the leading European metropolis for technology start-ups.

2019: For the third time in a row, TUM achieved the title of "University of Excellence" with the future concept "TUM Agenda 2030".

2019: Winner of the EXIST Potentials funding by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with the concept application "TUM Global DeepTech Venture". 

2018: TUM launches Global Food Venture Initiative in the EIT Food Initiative and thus actively supports start-up projects in the food sector. 

2015: Opening of the new building in Garching by TUM and UnternehmerTUM, which will be home to the TUM Entrepreneurship Center (incl. Entrepreneurship Research Institute and TUM Incubator), as well as UnternehmerTUM and the MakerSpace.

2015: The "European Venture Program" is launched as a joint initiative of TUM and the partner universities of the EuroTech Alliance.

2015: AMBA accreditation of the Executive MBA Program in Innovation and Business Creation.

2013: TUM hosts the "TUM Entrepreneurship Day" with integrated start-up fair for the first time, which from then on takes place annually and grows steadily.

2012: together with UnternehmerTUM and the Zeidler Research Foundation, the "TUM IdeAward" is launched to honor outstanding start-up ideas from academia

2012: TUM as winner of the second round of the Excellence Initiative and founding of the TUM Entrepreneurship Research Institute.

2012: TUM wins multi-year funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy within the program "EXIST IV - die Gründerhochschule" with the concept "TUMentrepreneurship

2010: Establishment of the first chair for entrepreneurship at TUM

2006: TUM as winner of the Excellence Initiative with the strategy "TUM. The Entrepreneurial University"

2002: The founding of the affiliated institute UnternehmerTUM GmbH - Center for Innovation and Founding.


2021: Third Unicorn from TUM is Personio TUM thus takes first place in the Unicorn success list of German universities.

2020: Second Unicorn from TUM is Lilium.

2020: TUM spin-off Kumovis wins the German Innovation Award.

2019: Successful nomination of TUM rewards start-up Celonis with highly endowed award of the German Future Prize by the German Federal President

2018: For the third time in a row, TUM ranks first in the German Stifterverband's start-up radar as the most start-up-friendly among major German universities

2018: First unicorn among TUM spin-offs is chosen: Celonis receives billion US dollar valuation

2016: TUM is once again awarded first place among major universities in the Gründungsradar, the ranking of the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany

2016: TUM takes top spot in the "Reuters Top 100: Europe's Most Innovative Universities" ranking, making it one of the five most innovative universities in Europe

2015: TUM spin-off Dynamic Biosensors wins German Innovation Award 2015

2014: TUM ranked #1 in the Start-up Radar and the best large university for entrepreneurs in Germany

2011: Ranked #1 as a university for start-up support in the study "From Student to Entrepreneur".

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TUMentrepreneurship – TUM ForTe - Forschungsförderung & Technologietransfer
Technical University of Munich, Arcisstr. 21, 80333 Munich, Germany – Phone +49 (0)89-289-25236