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HHU – Entrepreneur University

In July 2011, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf was one of ten universities to receive an award in the nationwide EXIST IV competition “Entrepreneur University”. In the framework of its prize-winning strategy concept, the Center for Entrepreneurship Düsseldorf (CEDUS) is the HHU’s immediate point of contact for researchers, graduates and students interested in setting up a business.

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.

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 the HHU.

Through the TTHU Technologietransfer Heinrich Heine Universität GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of the HHU, participations in its own spin-offs will be realized to an increased degree in future. In the economic utilization of research results, the HHU is focusing, with a new patent and commercialization strategy, on commercialization 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.

Project "HHU start-up support": The entrepreneurial spirit at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf cannot complain about too little tailwind. On July 1, 2020, the university received over three million euros from the “Excellence Start-up Center.NRW” initiative. This means that the start-up-related offers at the Center for Entrepreneurship Düsseldorf as well as the start-up teaching at the mathematics, natural sciences and economics faculty can be expanded further over the next few years.

rector Prof. Dr. Anja Steinbeck such as the minister of economy and digitization of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart.
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