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International activities of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer (CET)

Knowledge & Technology Transfer International

The Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer (CET) at TU Dortmund University supports those interested in founding a company in implementing their business ideas and helps with the transfer from research to business. In addition, the CET supports companies as a partner, creates space for networking and accompanies cooperation projects.

The CET's services for national and international students, researchers and those interested in starting a business:

  • Individual advice on start-up projects and intellectual property rights
  • Intensive programs to support start-up projects in all phases - from the idea to market maturity
  • Provision of infrastructure (MakerSpace, DataSpace, CoWorkingSpace) to validate business ideas
  • Courses, networking events and workshops to impart know-how on the topic of start-ups and transfer
  • Job exchange Stellenwerk for the recruitment of employees and co-founders
  • Support for the transfer of research results into the economy

International activities

In order to be internationally visible, to provide the participating start-up teams with a global network and to promote the cross-border exchange of ideas and innovations, the CET is actively expanding its international activities. To this end, the CET draws on a broad international network of partner universities, research institutions and companies. Regional founders are thus shown the way to international markets and access is created. At the same time, the international visibility of Dortmund as a location for start-ups and innovation is to be strengthened in order to realize valuable synergies between start-ups, scientists and regional stakeholders in the medium to long term.

A selection of our international activities in the field of knowledge and technology transfer:


These workshops are aimed at future founders who want to learn how to develop a valid business model, sell their own ideas convincingly or what needs to be considered when programming an app. Every semester, the CET offers a variety of free workshops in which participants learn effective tools and methods to help them launch their start-up. From the winter semester 2021, the CET is expanding its offer and will initially offer one workshop per semester in English.

Ruhr Fellowship Program

Since 2012, the universities of the University Alliance Ruhr (TU Dortmund University, Ruhr University Bochum, University of Duisburg-Essen), in cooperation with sponsors andup to 20 students from selected partner universities each year as part of the Ruhr Fellowship Program in cooperation with sponsors and companies in the region. The eight-week summer program consists of a two-week academic and cultural program followed by a six-week internship at participating companies. In 2021, the program will take place virtually for the first time. This year, the Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer is helping to shape the academic program and is welcoming the Ruhr Fellows to a multi-day live case challenge in which various idea development methods are taught and applied to a practical example.

Transatlantic CEO Dialog

In cooperation with the Initiativkreis Ruhr and the University Alliance Ruhr, the Centre for Entrepreneurship & Transfer is organizing a special digital edition of the CEO Dialogue in autumn 2021. The 90-minute panel discussion will bring together CEOs, experts and start-ups from the Ruhr region and the USA to discuss the transatlantic cooperation potential of the thriving start-up scene in the Ruhr region. Further informationwill follow in summer 2021.

CET X Young Entrepreneurs in Science Program

The CET at TU Dortmund University runs the Young Entrepreneurs in Science (Y ES) initiative in cooperation with the Falling Walls Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. YES is a nationwide workshop format in the field of start-up awareness for doctoral students and postdocs from all disciplines. The aim of the low-threshold and scalable program is to channel the expert knowledge of highly qualified young scientists into entrepreneurial paths. During the workshop days (online or face-to-face), participants learn about the creative method of design thinking, storytelling & pitch techniques and entrepreneurial tools, among other things. They apply these to their own research topics under the questions "What if I had to make a living from my dissertation tomorrow?" or "How could I make the world a little better for everyone?". The joint focus is on strengthening the start-up culture among young scientists and developing the desire for entrepreneurship as early as possible. The involvement of innovation-oriented SMEs and large companies and personal contact with founders enables a practical examination of the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship.

Contact at CET

Contact in the International Office