For Company founders, we are your companions

With our networking platform, HIGHEST the Innovation and Start-up Center of TU Darmstadt, we offer to all those interested in founding a company within this region a wide range of services for setting up a company. We are your companions, starting from the idea to the scientific knowledge leading finally to your own start-up. Coaching, networking events, contacts to relevant players in business, science and politics are as much a part of our services as the search for investors and our knowledge regarding funding programs.

Our consulting team respond individually to your needs and questions, support you in generating products from ideas and accompany you on the way to your own start-up. These services are free of charge and of course strictly confidential. Even without a concrete idea for a start-up project, you can contact HIGHEST for advice.

Our consulting and services at a glance:

  • creation of a first idea paper
  • development of your business model and company concept with the HIBS model, an extension of the Canvas business model
  • development of business model and corporate concept
  • preparation and validation of the business case
  • search and selection of funding opportunities
  • Advice on the appropriate funding program including application
  • search and selection of financing possibilities
  • implementation of workshops and pitch training
  • offering of matching formats in the search for partners
  • the use of different labs, e.g. for the creation of prototypes
  • search for and selection of experts, investors, mentors, from the broad-based HIGHEST start-up support network
  • access to business, politics, etc. via trade fairs and events
  • consulting with regard to patent applications and intellectual property issues

Harald Holzer,

Transferring innovations that make the world a better place into practice - that is what drives us every day. Creating the best conditions for scientists, students, investors, the economy and the entire ecosystem is our major goal. Every successful start-up and every patent that makes our cooperation partners' products and solutions better brings us one step closer to this goal.

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HIGHEST Gründerstorys

Successful start-ups that emerged from the TU Darmstadt and were advised by HIGHEST along the way.

You have an exciting business ideas?

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Zur Beratung

HIGHEST, together with the Rhein Main Neckar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has created this quality label for technology-based start-ups whose projects exhibit a high degree of innovation and have an above-average probability of survival.

Only people interested in setting up a business with knowledge- and technology-based start-up projects who want to settle in the region and have successfully completed a six-stage assessment process can be awarded the label. HIGHEST accompanies this process with a comprehensive consulting program, the quality of which is ensured through standardization and the inclusion of external expertise. During the consulting process, important prerequisites for the implementation of a start-up, such as a business plan or financing concepts, are developed.

With the quality label, the HIGHEST Innovation and Start-up Center and the Darmstadt Chamber of Commerce and Industry certify the above-average potential of the start-up project to become the “medium-sized business of tomorrow”.

For more information: HIGHEST Flyer (opens in new tab)

Mentoring at HIGHEST

Our mentoring concept supports founders and start-up teams at the Technical University of Darmstadt specifically in the planning and implementation of their business idea. Founders have the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of experienced, entrepreneurially successful mentors and complementary peer learning in one-on-one discussions.

to the mentors

  Name Working area(s) Contact
HIGHEST Innovations- & Gründungszentrum
6151 16-57257
  Name Working area(s) Contact
Harald Holzer
Start-up coaching
+49 6151 16-57220
S4|25 320
Dr. Claudia Becker
+49 6151 16-57042
S4|25 325
Deniz Bayramoglu M.Sc.
Head of IP- & Innovation-Management
IP- & Innovation-Management
+49 6151 16-57215
S4|25 321
Jessica Retzlaff
Innovation Manager
+49 6151 16-57203
S4|25 319
Ibrahim Gencaslan
Innovation Manager
+49 6151 16-57219
S4|25 319
Susanne Gürich
Intellectual Property (IP) Manager
+49 6151 16-57210
S4|25 321
Christine Rehmann
Administration IP & Innovation Management
+49 6151 16-57223
S4|25 319
Gudrun Lantelme Dipl.-Psych.
Start-up coaching
+49 6151 16-57226
S4|25 324
Sabine Remmert
Start-up coaching
+49 6151 16-57254
S4|25 326
Claudia Töffke-Stumm
Innovation Manager
+49 6151 16-57257
S4|25 326
Simone Lühl
Mo - Thurs 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Innovation Manager
+49 6151 16-57058
S4|25 324
Sacha Buytaert
Innovation Manager
+49 6151 16-57227
S4|25 324
Maren Hofmann
+49 6151 16-57224
S4|25 325