Our entrepreneurs

These day’s it’s all about university spin-offs, and TUM is no exception. The university has been a pioneer in this area for 130 years now! Entrepreneurs from our university changed and are continuing to change the world with their innovations.

Companies founded, A-Z

The sheer range of TUM start-ups is reflected in our gallery of founders. Here you’ll find a brief profile of current and established TUM spin-offs. Companies founded, A-Z

Role models

From Carl Linde’s trailblazing invention for technical cooling to high-tech start-ups valued in the billions: successful entrepreneurs from the annals of TUM inspire the founders of tomorrow. Role models

Entrepreneurs of Excellence

As a tribute to the valuable contributions of successful founders, the long-serving president of TUM, Wolfgang A. Herrmann, set up a select group of companies as an example of what could be achieved. These “Entrepreneurs of Excellence” were honored every two years as part of the Dies academicus.
Entrepreneurs of Excellence

Successful spin-offs (Click to enlarge)

Entrepreneurial successes

TUM has a long and storied tradition of entrepreneurship. A number of globally successful technology companies got their start at TUM: Carl von Linde was one of our first professors. He founded “Gesellschaft für Lindes Eismaschinen AG” in 1877. Claude Dornier studied mechanical engineering here and founded Dornier-Metallbauten GmbH. Both of these start-ups have since developed into globally successful companies.


Sabrina Schulze
International Affairs

TUM ForTe – Office for Research and Innovation

Tel.: +49 89 289 25231
Sabrina.schulzespam prevention@tum.de