GSI and FAIR at Start-up & Innovation Day 2023: From sciencepreneurs to innovation spirit


GSI and FAIR presented themselves with a booth at the Start-up & Innovation Day 2023, organized by the Technical University of Darmstadt in cooperation with the innovation and start-up center HIGHEST. The day attracted more than 1,700 visitors from the fields of science, economy, society and politics to the congress center “darmstadtium”. With around 100 exhibition booths, the event is increasingly establishing itself as a start-up and innovation event for the Rhine-Main-Neckar region.

The #InnoDay23 showcased almost 70 start-ups, which presented their latest innovations and business models. The event also provided a platform for meetings between technology startups, sciencepreneurs, scientists and investors, business and politics. Lectures and panels, a pitch corner and the HIGHEST xchange area added to the program, offering impulse lectures and discussions on topics such as energy trends and new technologies for the climate change. In addition, various dialogue formats were available for exchange and networking in the startup ecosystem.

GSI and FAIR used their booth to illustrate how the technologies of both research institutions can result in cooperation opportunities for start-ups and business models. A special highlight was the accelerator model – a replica of GSI and FAIR that gave visitors a tangible understanding of the technology of accelerator facilities.

Visitors also had the opportunity to learn more about GSI/FAIR's technology transfer cooperation opportunities. One of the decisive key projects, especially for start-ups and applied research and development partners, is the living laboratory “Digital Open Lab” in the high-performance data center “Green IT Cube” of GSI and FAIR. Likewise, the new tech-up network “TuNe” of GSI/FAIR was presented at the event for the first time. People interested in founding a company and those supporting it can register to actively network with GSI and FAIR in the field of entrepreneurship.

The conversations at the booth focused mainly on young start-up enthusiasts. The concepts of technology transfer and opportunities for collaboration were discussed in depth. The large number of start-up presentations made it possible to explore further potential for future collaborations.

Young startup enthusiasts in particular attended the event in large numbers, many of them looking for job opportunities in the thriving startup scene of Darmstadt, Hesse’s startup capital. This highlights the importance of events like Start-up & Innovation Day, which not only promote the founding of new companies but also create job opportunities in the region. (CP)

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