Back in July 2011, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf was awarded a prize by the BMWi in the nationwide competition "EXIST Gründungskultur – Die Gründerhochschule“ (EXIST IV). As part of our award-winning strategic concept, the Center for Entrepreneurship Düsseldorf (CEDUS) has since become the contact point for all scientists, graduates and students interested in starting a business.
In July 2020, the project "HHU Gründungsförderung" received three million euros from the initiative “Exzellenz Start-up Center.NRW“, so that we can further expand our start-up-related offers at the Center for Entrepreneurship Düsseldorf as well as the start-up teaching at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Economics. Our Chair of Business Administration, in particular Entrepreneurship and Financing, under Prof. Dr. Eva Lutz, is dedicated to start-up research and forms the basis for the positive development of the start-up culture here at HHU.
Finally, through the Technology Transfer Heinrich Heine Universität GmbH (TTHU), a wholly owned subsidiary of HHU, we realize investments of our own spin-offs. With our patent and exploitation strategy, HHU thus focuses on the economic use of research results through spin-offs.
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is receiving a grant of 3.18 million euros from state funds to further improve its framework conditions for the development of new ideas to viable business models.