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Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (ZWT)

Founding at the H-BRS

You have an idea and want to know if it has potential? Do you need support in developing your business plan? Are you looking for sources of financing for your business start-up? H-BRS supports its students in taking their first steps as entrepreneurs.

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Where can students who want to start a business find advice at H-BRS?

Advice, help and support are available in many places at the H-BRS. The most important contact points for advice at the H-BRS are the CENTIM, the ZWT, the BusinessCampus (BC) and the ISI. All institutes support students who want to start a business with various offers, such as consulting or work spaces.

Wer hilft beim Businessplan?

If the "project shoe" is pressing or the business plan needs to be drawn up and you don't have an idea, you can always find a competent contact person at

Where can venture capital be found?

Venture capital (VC) is available in many different places and through many different providers, such as the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTFG). CENTIM itself cannot offer VC directly, but can access a VC network and refer to these offerings.

Where can I find space and offices?

In the area of shared office space, we also recommend our cooperation partner Digital Hub Bonn.

Who supports networking?

Are you looking for networking support or would you like to know what is currently being organized in the region? If you are not at a loss for words, you will quickly find contacts and contact persons within the framework of the various events of CENTIM, BusinessCampus at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences or even outside. If you are looking for something specific, you can also find out about current networking events at

Four areas offer support at H-BRS for students who want to start a business: The Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SME (CENTIM), the Center for Science and Technology Transfer (ZWT), the BusinessCampus (BC) and the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI).
Business idea and business plan

CENTIM helps students who are willing and interested to start a business with various instruments. It offers contact with their specialists within the framework of consultation meetings. Furthermore, the CENTIM supports the development of business ideas as well as business plans and helps to design a monetization model. Due to the integration into different networks, CENTIM is usually able to offer adequate solutions even for special requirements.

Project acquisition and management

The ZWT supports university members in project acquisition, especially of public funds, and in project management. The scholarship programs EXIST and Start-Up NRW are particularly important for those interested in founding a company - they offer up to € 250,000 in grants for good projects. The ZWT prepares the applications and accompanies the project implementation.

Corporate Social Responsibility

The ISI designs inter- and transdisciplinary teaching concepts, research projects and consulting services. The institute pursues a novel integrative approach by including economic, political and psychological aspects of social innovation and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Contact persons for start-up projects in the departments

Department of Economics
Prof. Dr. Klaus Deimel
Frank C. Maikranz

Department of Computer Science
Prof. Dr. Karl W. Neunast
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bonne

Department of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Technical Journalism
Prof. Dr. Elvira Jankowski

Department of Applied Natural Sciences
Prof. Dr. Harald Illges


The Start-up-Manufaktur is the start-up center of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and functions as a university-wide start-up platform. As the first point of contact for those interested in starting a business, it offers a comprehensive range of services in the form of advice, events and teaching on the subject of start-ups. We want to awaken your entrepreneurial spirit and accompany you in the realization of your idea. Whether you study with us, work at the H-BRS or are one of our alumni - the offers of the Start-up-Manufaktur are free of charge for you.