Pioneering spirit and innovative strength – these have been the hallmarks of TU Darmstadt since it was founded in 1877. The university is now one of the top universities for start-ups in Germany. For over ten years, our university’s dedicated innovation and start-up centre, HIGHEST, has supported the establishment of more than 200 start-ups. These spin-offs by academics and students at TU Darmstadt are key pillars of xchange in business, society and politics.

HIGHEST – innovation and start-up centre

From research to market: The aim of HIGHEST is to support academics and start-up founders to develop market-ready products based on research outcomes and to build sustainable companies, or to build partnerships with business through the exploitation of IP. By working together with partner companies and building a strong innovation network, HIGHEST makes a significant contribution towards xchange at TU Darmstadt. As a leading tech incubator in the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main metropolitan region for Deep Tech/Green Tech, HIGHEST is one of the innovation drivers at TU Darmstadt.

With its comprehensive ecosystem and investments in accelerators such as ryon, TechQuartier, etc., HIGHEST supports innovators at TU Darmstadt to market high technology and new applications. As a bridge between academia, society and business, HIGHEST offers outstanding conditions for academics, students and investors – both inside and outside Germany – to transform the best ideas and research findings into solutions for the world of today and tomorrow.

As a central hub for researchers and students, HIGHEST pools and coordinates start-up related activities for TU Darmstadt and the region. HIGHEST provides services for awareness, qualifications and advice that are aimed at students and researchers. HIGHEST also supports start-ups to secure funding and can facilitate resources (rooms and laboratories).

Harald Holzer,
HIGHEST Managing Director

Implementing innovations that improve our world – that’s what drives us every day. Our main aim is to create the best conditions for everyone involved and the entire ecosystem. Every successful start-up and each patent that makes products and services better brings us closer to this goal.

Harald Holzer im Gespräch mit Gründer:innen; Foto: Benjamin Schenk
Picture: Fotostudio Hirch


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