TUM – Technical University of Munich Menu
  • TUM in Rankings

First place on the "Start-up Radar" – Optimum conditions for founders

TUM best at supporting start-ups

Founding start-ups is ideally supported at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), according to the results of the German "Start-up Radar". For the third time in a row TUM has been ranked number one among major German universities. Approximately 70 companies are founded here each year.

"How can your idea become a product that you yourself can bring to the market?" The students at TUM are repeatedly asked this question. TUM also encourages its scientists to turn their research results into innovations which create value for society. Prizes such as the Presidential Entrepreneurship Award and the IdeAward motivate them by highlighting successful role models and highly promising ideas for entrepreneurship.

The "Start-up Radar" ("Gründungsradar"), composed by the Stifterverband for German Science, which is the German business community's innovation agency, and the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation, investigates how well universities sensitize their associates to the possibilities of founding companies and how well the topic is institutionally anchored. The degree of support the university provides for start-ups and the number of companies actually founded are further indicators.

One of only five German "unicorns"

TUM almost achieved the highest possible point score (with 11.8 out of 12 points), making it once again the leader in the category of major universities in Germany. In the meantime around 70 technology start-ups are founded here every year, a total of approximately 1,000 since 1990, with dazzling success stories. Celonis was recently valued at one billion US dollars and thus reached what is known as "unicorn" status, one of only five German start-ups to do so in the last ten years (according to the finance daily "Handelsblatt").

High-tech workshop and venture capital fund

TUM and UnternehmerTUM, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation, support start-ups with programs tailor-made to fit the individual founding phases, from designing a business model to management training, from the market entry all the way to a possible IPO.

As many as 30 teams can use offices in the TUM Incubator at the same time to prepare for the founding of their companies. UnternehmerTUM operates its own venture capital fund and its MakerSpace and Bio.Kitchen provide a 1,500 square meter high-tech workshop for building prototypes and a biotechnology lab for experiments.

Two weeks in Silicon Valley

Another unique feature is the tightly-knit network including business, investors and science. One floor above the Incubator the TUM Entrepreneurship Research Institute investigates how start-ups can become successful.

The start-up community, from Germany and abroad, meets at UnternehmerTUM’s annual Techfest Munich and at hackathons. TUM also travels with especially promising start-up teams to Silicon Valley for two weeks or to its partners in the EuroTech Universities Alliance.

More Information:

Corporate Communications Center

Technical University of Munich

Article at tum.de

The award winner Prof. Hans-Jürgen Wester (center) with the winners of a live pitch, TUM Vice President Prof. Thomas Hofmann and UnternehmerTUM Managing Director Helmut Schönenberger.

TUM Presidential Entrepreneurship Award goes to Scintomics

This year the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has presented its Presidential Entrepreneurship Award to Scintomics GmbH. The company develops, produces and markets innovative radio-pharmaceutical and nuclear medicine...

Scientist working with satellite technology

TUM stands alongside Europe's most innovative universities

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is again among the top ten in the latest ranking of “Europe’s Most Innovative Universities”. To compile the ranking, the British news agency Reuters assesses the impact of the...

Thiersch Turm und Frauenkirche im Abendlicht (Bild: Heddergott / TUM)

Munich founders increasingly successful

Nine of the "Top 50 Start-ups 2018" come from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), according to an evaluation by the German magazine for start-up founders Für-Gründer.de. Munich, with ten start-ups, is the...

Solarmodule und Windkrafträder

Public-sector research boosts cleantech start-ups

Cleantech start-ups in the USA that cooperate with government research agencies outperform their competitors both in terms of patents and funding. That is the conclusion of a study by the Technical University of Munich...

Wirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier mit Heltmut Schönenberger und Susanne Klatten von UnternehmerTUM und TUM-Vizepräsident Thomas Hofmann. (Bild: UnternehmerTUM / B. Willer)

UnternehmerTUM welcomes Minister for Economic Affairs

UnternehmerTUM, Center for Innovation and Business Creation at TUM, received a visit yesterday from Peter Altmaier, the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs. The minister spoke with young entrepreneurs, the...

Physikerin und Physiker im Labor

TUM among the top 25 worldwide in several subjects

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is ranked among the 25 best universities worldwide in the areas of engineering and the natural sciences. TUM also placed in the top 50 for 10 individual subjects according to the “QS...

TUM-Präsident Wolfgang A. Herrmann (l.) beim Festakt zur Eröffnung des Neubaus für den TUM Campus Heilbronn. (Bild: J. Häffner / TUM)

TUM Campus Heilbronn launched into digitized future

With a festive ceremony, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Dieter Schwarz Foundation have officially opened the new TUM Campus Heilbronn building. It is intended for students preparing preparing for...

Brücke zwischen zwei Gebäuden der TUM

TUM is Germany's strongest university in business sciences

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is the strongest research university in Germany when it comes to business sciences. The best researcher is business informatics specialist Prof. Helmut Krcmar, Dean of the TUM Campus...

Die Retorio-Gründer Abdurrahman Namli, Patrick Oehler und Christoph Hohenberger (v.l.) trainieren Gespräche. (Bild: A. Eckert / TUM)

Communication training with artificial intelligence

For many people, speaking off the cuff to a large audience does not come easily. But without professional feedback, rehearsing speeches and presentations can be a tough process. A psychologist, a management scientist and an...

Die Siegerteams beim TUM IdeAward 2018: ORBEM, m-Bee und Woodchicken. (Bild: U. Benz /TUM)

Science's best business ideas

Imaging technology powered by Artificial Intelligence that eliminates the need to kill day-old chicks, innovative power electronics for battery storage systems and a vegan substitute for meat, based on mushrooms. These...

Die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer des interdisziplinären Praxiskurses THINK.MAKE.START. von TUM und UnternehmerTUM entwickeln in 14 Tagen ein Produkt. (Bild: Heddergott)

TUM is Germany's founding hotspot

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is Germany's top university for founders. This is shown by the "Deutsche Startup Monitor 2018", in which TUM was able to defend its top position from last year and further increase...

Entwickeln individuell angepasste Strömungsonden: Katharina Keitz und Florian Wehner. (Bild: Jooß / TUM)

Flow probes and a clever analysis program

Two start-ups from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are among the finalists for the 2018 Deutscher Gründerpreis (German Entrepreneur Award). Vectoflow produces custom-made flow probes; CQSE has developed an analysis...

Martin Klenk, Bastian Nominacher und Alexander Rinke

The first “unicorn” from TUM

Celonis has taken its place among the “unicorns”, as the world's most successful start-ups are known: The spin-off from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been valued by investors at 1 billion dollars. Celonis...

Stefan Leonhardt, Dr. Miriam Haerst, und Alexander Henhammer (v.l.n.r.) vom Gründungsteam von Kumovis. (Bild: Sebastian Widmann)

Kumovis wins Munich Businessplan competition

Kumovis has won the final round in the 2018 Munich Businessplan competition. The start-up develops 3D printers that are specially tailored to medical technology requirements and can produce for example skull plates and...

Katharina Kreitz und Michael Preither.

Ideas for flow measurement and energy supply distinguished

Precise flow probes and long-lasting energy storage for photovoltaic systems: Katharina Kreitz from Vectoflow and Michael Peither from VoltStorage were honored on Wednesday in Berlin at the "Innovatoren unter 35"...

Das Sieger-Team von NavVis mit TUM-Vizepräsident Thomas Hofmann. (Bild: U. Benz / TUM)

Navigating indoors

The 2018 Presidential Entrepreneurship Award of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) goes to NavVis. The company develops applications for mapmaking and navigation in interior spaces, exact to the centimeter. NavVis was...

Dominik Sievert (links) und Maria Driesel (2. von rechts), Gründer von inveox mit dem Prototyp ihres Automaten zur Erfassung medizinischer Proben.

Automation in the histopathology lab

The start-up inveox focuses on a hugely important but practically invisible area of medicine: histopathology. The company founded by students and alumni of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) aims to use its inventions...

Wissenschaftlerin in Forschungslabor

TUM ranked among Europe's most innovative universities

For the third consecutive time the Reuters Ranking has placed the Technical University of Munich (TUM) among the Top 10 most innovative universities in Europe. The British business news agency Reuters analyzes how strongly...

Beratungsgespräch bei der Gründungsberatung der TUM und UnternehmerTUM. Foto: Heddergott /TUM

Seven TUM founder teams among the Top Ten

Seven of the ten best Munich business ideas come from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The teams ApicBeam, Cliniserve, Cryodynamics, Kewazo, Kumovis, Pave Group and SoilSpy earned honors in the first phase of the...

Die Gewinnerinnen und Gewinner des IdeAward 2018: Team KEWAZO (Bild: Uli Benz / TUM)

Ideas honored for market potential

The business ideas of three teams were honored with the TUM IdeAward last night. The teams developed an intelligent transport elevator for the construction industry, a hologram display technology for digital communications...

Start-up-Teams im Silicon Valley.

With the university to Silicon Valley

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) takes its start-ups to Silicon Valley. Five teams spent ten days building networks in the start-up scene, interacting with managers from global players and learning from experts....