The university’s Business Development Office is available to all students, employees, and alumni of the university and provides advice and support on setting up your own company. Our services include:

  • Providing advice on all matters throughout the start-up process, from idea to business concept evaluation and funding options
  • Applying to funding programmes for innovative business concepts in cooperation with the Center for Knowledge and Technology Transfer (ZWTT)
  • Connecting you with network partners
  • Providing information on start-up and ideas contests

How to contact us

Carsten Rudolph Carsten Rudolph
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Dirk Honold Dirk Honold
Prof. Dr.
Toni Oed Toni Oed
Dipl.-Betriebsw. (FH)
Ronja Herkommer Ronja Herkommer
Thu Van Le Thi Thu Van Le Thi
Dipl.-Kfr. (Univ.)
Patrick Hümmer Patrick Hümmer
Betriebswirt M.A.
Sarah Grözinger Sarah Grözinger
M.Sc., M.Sc.

Postal address
Bahnhofstr. 87, 90402 Nuremberg

EXIST Business Start-up Grant

The EXIST Business Start-up Grant is a funding programme run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It supports students, graduates and researchers in making their innovative and economically promising technological and knowledge-based business ideas a reality. Applications can be submitted at any time.
For more information on the EXIST Business Start-up Grant, click here.

EXIST Transfer of Research

The EXIST Transfer of Research, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, supports research-based start-up projects run by research teams at universities and extramural research institutions that involve expensive and high-risk development. The programme is broken down into two funding phases. The submission periods for project outlines run from 1-31 January and 1-31 July each year.
For more information on the EXIST Transfer of Research programme, click here.


The FLÜGGE programme run by the Bavarian State Ministry for Economics and Media, Energy and Technology supports innovative business ideas in the pre-start-up phase developed by university graduates and employees. Applicants must have the firm intention of founding a company at the end of the funding phase.
For more information on the FLÜGGE programme, including the current application deadlines, click here.


Businessplan Wettbewerb Nordbayern [Northern Bavarian Business Plan Competition]

The Businessplan Wettbewerb Nordbayern, set up by BayStartUP, is aimed at business founder teams across Northern Bavaria. The competition involves three phases, over the course of which a business plan and funding plan for the start-up project are developed. Each phase includes a round of feedback from an experienced panel and a prize for the best team.
For more information on the Northern Bavarian Business Plan Competition and the submission deadlines for each of the competition phases, click here.




Science4Life Venture Cup

This is a Germany-wide business plan competition in the areas of life sciences, chemistry, and energy, i.e. for start-up projects from the agro, biotechnology, chemistry, health, materials science/nanotechnology, medical engineering, pharma, and environmental technology/renewable energies industries.
For more information on the Science4Life Venture Cup, click here.

Gründerwettbewerb - Digitale Innovationen [Start-up competition – Digital Innovations]

This is a start-up competition held by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy for exciting and promising start-up ideas from the information and communication technology sector. The competition has two phases and takes place every six months. starting on 1 July and 2 January each year.
For more information on the Start-up competition – Digital Innovations, click here.

Business development ambassadors

If you have any questions about setting up your own business, please contact our business development ambassadors in their respective faculties. These are professors whose personal dedication can be harnessed to help foster your independence and entrepreneurship. To this end, they provide information within their faculties regarding the services, events, and competitions on offer to support you in developing your own business. In addition, they offer initial tips on business start-up issues and put you in contact with the Business Development Office.

Applied Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Thomas Freimann Thomas Freimann
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Business Administration
Dirk Honold Dirk Honold
Prof. Dr.
Yves Ebnöther Yves Ebnöther
Electrical Engineering, Precision Engineering, Information Technology
Frank Pöhlau Frank Pöhlau
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Computer Science
Korbinian Riedhammer Korbinian Riedhammer
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Mechanical Engineering and Building Services Engineering
Michael Koch Michael Koch
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing.
Social Sciences
Doris Rosenkranz Doris Rosenkranz
Prof. Dr.
Process Engineering
Eberhard Franz Eberhard Franz
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Materials Engineering
Kurt-Martin Beinborn Kurt-Martin Beinborn
Prof. Dr.