In July 2011, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf was one of ten universities to receive an award in the nationwide EXIST IV competition “Entrepreneur University”. Within the framework of its prize-winning strategic concept, the Center for Entrepreneurship Düsseldorf (CEDUS) has since been the HHU’s direct point of contact for researchers, graduates and students interested in setting up a business.
The founding spirit at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf cannot complain about a lack of tailwind last year. On July 1, 2020, the university received over three million euros from the "Excellence Start-up Center.NRW" initiative. This will enable the start-up-related offerings at the Center for Entrepreneurship Düsseldorf and the start-up teaching at the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Economics to be further expanded over the next few years.
The Chair of Entrepreneurship and Finance, with a focus on entrepreneurial finance, is developing the area of entrepreneurship research and forms the nucleus for the establishment of a culture of entrepreneurship at HHU. As chair holder, Prof. Dr. Eva Lutz assumes responsibility for entrepreneurship research and teaching. For students and researchers of all faculties, the courses in the entrepreneurship curriculum offer the necessary tools for a successful startup.
Next to excellent research and teaching, with CEDUS the HHU is creating an environment which makes it possible for students, graduates and researchers to transform their ideas and dreams into the enterprises of tomorrow.
Through TTHU Technologietransfer Heinrich Heine Universität GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of HHU, investments are realized in its own spin-offs. With its patent and exploitation strategy, HHU focuses on the economic use of research results through spin-offs.
Further development of a living culture of entrepreneurship is being complemented by extensive awareness-raising measures and a multi-stage entrepreneurship teaching programme with basic principles, consolidation and implementation phases. An expert committee, comprising researchers and business people with expertise in the field of entrepreneurship, is steering the development of the entrepreneurship profile and the continuation of the HHU’s strategy concept.
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.