TUM Venture Labs: Springboard for high-tech innovations

TUM Venture Labs are new entrepreneurial innovation hubs re-enforcing in a unique way tech-based business creation at the interfaces of engineering, natural, life and data sciences and medicine. They support entrepreneurial talent in tech-based business translation from research, offering an entire ecosystem with the necessary development environments. You are welcome to become part of the TUM Venture Lab initiative, to develop your business ideas, and start off with your business!

Building Europe’s leading technology hub

  • Novel initiative: TUM Venture Labs are the new initiative of TUM and UnternehmerTUM with other partner institutions and companies.
  • Ecosystem for entrepreneurs: TUM Venture Labs provide the full range of development resources, from technical and social infrastructures through entrepreneurship training to support from business and investor networks.
  • Munich as a start-up hub: Leveraging our unique research power, the goal is to increase the quality and quantity of scalable technology spin-offs and ventures in the region by a factor of ten.
  • Driving force for Europe: The resulting leading technology hub in Europe aims to become a driving force for the future technological sovereignty of the continent.

TUM Venture Labs at a glance

The mission of the TUM Venture Lab Software/AI is to accelerate scalable business models and start-ups in software, data and AI, and to support software/AI solutions that boost business ideas in other domains. The TUM Venture Lab Software/AI is the key platform to foster digital advancements through AI and software 2.0, and supports interdisciplinary innovations with other Venture Lab disciplines or deep-tech developments in software.

We offer support in our educational/venturing programs targeted at the specific needs of software, AI or software-enabled start-ups, team matching and funding access. The offerings are supported by the TUM affiliated institutes fortiss GmbH and UnternehmerTUM GmbH. After completing a selection process, we host the most promising teams at the aiSpace in cooperation with fortiss GmbH and UnternehmerTUM appliedAI to get their venture started.

What we are looking for

  • AI- and software-based innovation projects inside and outside informatics with commercialization intentions, addressing challenges of the respective markets
  • Strong scientific basis of venture idea preferably with some AI component to accelerate potential

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The mission of the TUM Food/Agro Venture Lab is to become Europe’s top breeding ground for agricultural, food technological and biotech business start-ups. This incubation hub fosters interdisciplinary innovations in the life sciences from genetic and biological research to production and processing technologies. The TUM Venture Lab Food/Agro is one of the hottest venture areas, considering for example the climate-driven challenges in agriculture and forestry, as well as the impact of nutritional habits on public health.

When your idea pertains to agriculture, food, beverages, nutrition, forestry, biotechnology or applied life sciences, become part of our community and receive support ranging from educational/venturing programs, team matching and funding options to office space and lab facilities. After completing a selection process, the most promising teams will have the possibility to be co-hosted with FACIT at WZW which provides infrastructure and active help to get their venture started.

What we are looking for

  • Innovation project with determined commercialization intentions, addressing challenges of the respective market
  • Strong scientific basis of venture idea with focus on the life sciences

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The mission of the TUM Venture Lab Healthcare is to improve healthcare by accelerating business ideas and start-ups in biomedicine, digital healthcare and MedTech. We foster interdisciplinary innovations in biomedical research by leveraging digital innovations and AI.

Whatever your idea is, become part of the TUM Venture Lab Healthcare and be at the forefront of fighting a global pandemic or developing the next lab robot. We offer support in our educational/venturing programs, team matching, and funding access. After completing a selection process, the most promising teams receive intense developmental support and will be hosted at the campus of Klinikum rechts der Isar with the necessary infrastructure to get your venture started.

What we are looking for

  • Innovation project with determined commercialization intentions, addressing challenges of the respective market
  • Strong scientific basis of venture idea with focus on the life sciences

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The mission of the TUM Venture Lab Molecular Assembly is to become a leading European innovation hub for molecular business ideas and start-ups through promoting interdisciplinary innovations in compound design, smart materials, protein design and digital catalysis.

Whatever your idea is, become part of the TUM Venture Lab Molecular Assembly – the melting pot for chemistry, life sciences and medicine. We offer support in our educational/venturing programs targeted at the specific needs of molecular start-ups, team matching, and funding access. After completing a selection process, we host you in labs at the TUM Department of Chemistry or at the BioSpace providing the necessary infrastructure to get your venture started.

What we are looking for

  • Innovation project with commercialization intentions, addressing challenges of the respective market
  • Strong scientific basis of venture idea

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We are the innovation hub for Quantum Tech in Munich. We pave the way for translating world-leading basic research in quantum science and technology into scalable businesses in order to contribute to European technological sovereignty and global leadership in all major fields of quantum technology: quantum computing, sensing, communication, and simulation.

Contribute your ideas in this area and become part of the TUM Venture Lab Quantum to work in interdisciplinary teams and to be part of the quantum hub in Munich. We offer support in our educational/venturing programs, in team matching and in funding access. After completing a selection process, the most promising teams will receive intensive developmental support and the necessary infrastructure to get their venture started.

What we are looking for

  • Innovation projects aiming at commercialization and addressing challenges of the rapidly growing quantum market
  • Venture ideas with a strong scientific basis for hardware acceleration and quantum application development, including cross-disciplinary concepts bringing together the digital/AI and the quantum space

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The mission of the TUM Venture Lab Built Environment is to become Europe’s top platform for ventures developing outstanding approaches, technologies and solutions for urban futures, the construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure as well as socio-technical systems in the context of design and architecture.

When your venture idea pertains to the built environment, become part of our community and receive support ranging from educational/venturing programs, team matching and funding options to office space, lab facilities and a broad industry network with experts and decision makers. After completing a selection process, the most promising teams will receive intensive developmental support and the necessary infrastructure at TUM, the Munich Urban Colab and UnternehmerTUM to start and grow their venture.

What we are looking for

  • Innovation projects with recognizable added value for our society/environment, determined commercialization intentions, addressing challenges of the respective market 
  • Strong scientific and/or technological basis of venture ideas with focus on built environment challenges

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This Venture Lab is the hot spot for the new generation of innovative embodied AI engineers and tech-entrepreneurs. The TUM Venture Lab Robotics/AI accelerates innovation from perception-based grasping to telepresence and cybathlon by leveraging emerging technologies such as machine intelligence. The TUM Venture Lab Robotics/AI is closely linked to the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) as well as the Munich Urban Colab.

Whatever your idea is, become part of the TUM Venture Lab Robotics/AI, work in interdisciplinary teams and make your vision into a viable business venture. We offer support in our educational/venturing programs, team matching, and funding access. After completing a selection process, the most promising teams will receive intensive developmental support and the necessary infrastructure to get their venture started.

What we are looking for

  • Innovation project with commercialization intentions, addressing challenges of the respective market
  • Strong scientific basis of venture idea preferably with some AI component to accelerate potential

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Our mission is to build the central launchpad for aerospace, geodesy and high-speed transportation here in the Greater Munich Area. The TUM Venture Lab Aerospace fosters innovation in emerging disciplines, such as AI and miniaturization, to react to the accelerating developments in mobility, advanced and commercial missions in the Earth's orbit and increased demand for (real-time) Earth observation data. The Lab will be part of TUM’s new Department for Aerospace and Geodesy and its “Mission to planet Earth”. It will be located on the TUM campus in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen, close to high-tech industries and a vivid startup environment. 

If you have an idea, join the TUM Venture Lab Aerospace and work in interdisciplinary teams. We offer support through educational/venturing programs, team matching and funding access. After completing a selection process, the most promising teams will receive intensive developmental support and the necessary infrastructure to get the venture started.

What we are looking for

  • Innovation projects with commercial intentions and high market relevance in aerospace, geodesy and high-speed transportation
  • Strong scientific background of venture idea, preferably with a digital/AI component

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As the high-tech innovation hub in Europe, we aim to translate research into innovative business ideas in all major disciplines. Look forward to many more TUM Venture Labs to come.

  • TUM Venture Lab Additive Manufacturing
    Start-up forge to design disruptive materials, forms and production process

  • TUM Venture Lab Sustainability
    Unique innovation hub for sustainable technologies and bio-economy

  • TUM Venture Lab Mobility
    Start-up hub for a connected, autonomous, shared and electrified (CASE) future mobility

How you can benefit from TUM Venture Labs

Join the TUM Venture Labs initiative to benefit from our rich offering geared towards entrepreneurs, companies and sponsors.

What we offer you

  • State-of-the-art infrastructure: fully equipped TUM Venture Lab workspaces with extensive infrastructure from IT systems to laboratory equipment
  • Individual consulting and support for start-up projects from the ideation phase to the market entry
  • Support in soliciting public funding and investments
  • Comprehensive program ranging from educational offerings, such as entrepreneurial introductory lectures and deep-tech courses, to venturing programs focused on start-up (pre-) incubation
  • Wide network of high-profile entrepreneurs, mentors, industry partners and venture capitalists

What we are looking for

  • You have an innovative idea in high-tech, with a strong scientific basis, and want to start a business venture alone or with a team
  • Your innovation project has promising commercialization capability, addressing challenges of the respective market
  • At least one team member is student, employee or alumnus/-a of TUM or member of a collaborating institute

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What we offer you

  • Link your enterprise with the innovation pipeline of Europe's most prestigious technical university.
  • Establish relationships with start-ups and entrepreneurial talent shaping your market through latest technologies and scientific advances to foster your company's innovation pipeline.
  • Become part of the tight-knit network of entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capital and corporates to help shape the forefront of technological ventures in your industry by participating in various networking events.

How to get involved

We are looking for long-term partners and financial supporters who believe in our mission for the Munich area to become the entrepreneurial center for high-tech ventures in Europe. Foster the entrepreneurial network around Munich and Bavaria, and support the cause of the TUM Venture Labs. Additionally, interested supporters may actively shape the innovation hub and get involved in many ways (such as providing mentoring and sharing industry insights, participating in events). Get in touch to exchange upon concrete engagement opportunities.

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