Alumni founders' portraits

The University of Stuttgart and the "Technologie-Transfer-Initiative GmbH" (TTI GmbH) are reliable partners in establishing enterprises.
[Photo: Tom Maurer]

All students are confronted with the question of what will happen after graduation and what their professional career will look like. They have multiple choices: Being employed, working freelance, or becoming their own boss by founding an own company with a creative and innovative idea. Starting a business brings about many advantages. However, the founders also face many challenges.

The University of Stuttgart, in close cooperation with the TTI GmbH (abbreviation for German "Technologie-Transfer-Initiative", rough translation: technology transfer initiative), promotes the entrepreneurial spirit of its students and supports them to found their own company. This way, many students of the University of Stuttgart were able to start their own businesses. In the following, you can learn more about some founders (sorted chronologically by the founding year of the company).

The following alumni founders' portraits are articles from the archive.

Two graduates of the University of Stuttgart, Dr. Helmut Fedder, the CEO of Swabian Instruments, and Dr. Michael Schlagmüller, won the Innovation Award 2018, awarded by the State of Baden-Württemberg, with their new startup company Swabian Instruments, based in Schwieberdingen. Fedder and his colleague Dr. Michael Schlagmüller are former doctoral students from the working group on quantum technology and quantum sensor technology led by Professor Jörg Wrachtrup and Professor Tilman Pfau from the University of Stuttgart.

Swabian Instruments develops high-precision measuring devices, which are used in microscopy, new quantum technologies and other fields. Their clients are large research institutions all around the world, including the Max Planck Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The complete article is available at: Press release No. 109 (November 30, 2018) of the University of Stuttgart, "Startup from the University of Stuttgart wins Innovation Award 2018". For further information, please consult the company website.

to the Swabian Instruments company website

candidum helps their customers to find "the right variant with innovations in computational enzymes design".

This article is only available in German. For further information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about candidum.

to the candidum company website

EKU Power Drives GmbH develops more effective and resource-saving power train solutions for industrial applications.

Dipl.-Ing. Leonardo Uriona is the CEO & Co-founder of EKU Power Drives. He graduated from the masters program of Electrical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart.

Dipl.-Ing. Edward Eichstetter is the COO & Co-founder of EKU Power Drives. He also graduated from the masters program of Electrical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart.

Dipl.-Ing. Manuel Klein is the CTO & Co-founder of EKU Power Drives. He achieved his masters degree as Mechanical Engineer at the University of Stuttgart.

The complete article is only available in German. For futher information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about EKU Power Drives.

to the EKU Power Drives company website

TruPhysics was founded in 2015 by alumni of the University of Stuttgart. The company is specialized in real-time physics simulation and machine learning algorithms.

Albert Groz is the commercial manager of TruPhysics. He studied Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart.

Dipl.-Inf. Fabian Aichele is the technical manager of TruPhysics. He studied at the University of Stuttgart.

Dipl.-Inf. Bernd Eckstein worked as software developer at the University of Stuttgart for seven years. His tasks within the team are, inter alia, the implementation of data interfaces, connecting robot control systems, operating concepts and usability.

Dr. rer. nat. Björn Schenke gained his PhD in the field of non-linear dynamics at the University of Stuttgart. His tasks within the company are mechanics and simulation and mathematical numericals.

The full article is only available in German. For further information please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about TruPhysics.

to the TruPhysics company website

argonics was founded in January 2014 by Dr. Alexander Lutz, alumnus of the University of Stuttgart. The company is spezialized in solving problems of navigation in Inland Shipping.

The complete article is only available in German. For further information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about argonics.

to the argonics company website

e-buddy manufactures electric-powered walkers with comfort and safety functions.

Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Reiser studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart and is responsible for the mechanical development, legal concerns and the management of the company.

Dipl.-Ing. Max Keßler also studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart. He is responsible for the electronical engineering and the controlling of the software.

The complete article is only available in German. For futher information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about e-buddy.

to the e-buddy company website [de]

The Meshparts GmbH aims to become the standard simulation software for large mechanical assemblies with a focus on mechanical engineering.

Alexandru Dadalau is the Managing Director Development within the company. He is a graduate of the mechatronics degree program at the University of Stuttgart. After graduating, he was a research assistant and doctoral student at the Institute for Control Technology of Machine Tools and Production Equipment (ISW) of the University of Stuttgart.

The complete article is only available in German. For further information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about MESHPARTS.

to the MESHPARTS company website

The HOINKA GmbH spezializes in green building services.

This article is only available in German. For further information please consult the company website or our German website and learn more about HOINKA.

to the HOINKA company website

The scireum GmbH specializes in developing eCommerce platforms and systems for trade information.

The company was founded by Andreas und Michael Haufler in 2008. Michael Haufler studied business adminstration at the University of Stuttgart.

The complete article is only available in German. For further information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about scireum.

to the scireum company website [de]

The Compositence GmbH was founded in 2009. In 2013, Compositence was honored with the Innovation Award Baden-Württemberg.

Two of the company founders are alumni of the University of Stuttgart:
Volker Witzel studied Aerospace Engineering and Ingo Karb studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart.

The complete article is only available in German. For further information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about Compositence.

to the compositence company website

Napshell specializes in producing luxury sleep capsules.

Markus Abele, Fritz Mielert and Nicolas Reber studied Architecture at the University of Stuttgart. They are the founders of Napshell.

The complete article is only available in German. For further information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about Napshell.

to the Napshell company website [de]

The KORION Interactive GmbH is an indie developer and publisher for console, mobile and online platforms. Since 2013, KORION specializes in educational games as well.

Gerd Braun and Oliver Korn are both alumni of the University of Stuttgart and the founders and CEOs of KORION.

The complete article is only available in German. For further information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about KORION.

to the KORION company website

The SVMtec GmbH specializes in fluid mechanics, experimental setups and test stands measuring equipment.

The founders of SVMtec, Dr.-Ing. Detlef Bergmann and Dr.-Ing. Uwe Kaiser, studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart.

The complete article is only available in German. For further information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about SVMtec.

to the SMVtec company website

The MicroChemicals GmbH specializes in photoresists, ancillaries, etchants, solvents, and technical support for all stages of microStructuring and lithography.

Christian Koch and Titus Rinke were both postgraduate students at the University of Stuttgart. In 2001, they founded the MicroChemicals GmbH along with Chem.-Ing. Klaus-Peter Thiel.

The complete article is only available in German. For further information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about MicroChemicals.

to the MicroChemicals company website

The RECOM Services GmbH was founded in 1999. The company is a spin-off of the IVD at the University of Stuttgart. RECOM specializes in industrial applications, software and transfer-research.

The founder Dr.-Ing. Benedetto Risio studied General Mechanical Engineering ath the University of Stuttgart.

The complete article is only available in German. For further information, please consult the company website or visit our German website and learn more about RECOM.

to the RECOM company website

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