Innovation is the economically successful implementation of KIT knowledge in novelties in economy and society. This may be achieved by either direct transfer of new findings, innovative ideas and know-how or joint projects with industry, in the course of which specific products, technologies or processes are developed. In addition various persons contribute to innovation in many ways, as qualified KIT graduates at their future employers or as founders of own enterprises. The bases of all innovations are the scientific institutes and the thematically oriented and interdisciplinary KIT research structures. Information, consulting, and assistance in exploitation as well as establishing of contacts to scientific facilities of KIT or other central service departments are some of the tasks of the Innovation Department.
The Innovation Department is the service partner for the commercialization of KIT research results. At the interface of science, industry, and capital, the focus is placed on linking complementary potentials by conveying expert knowledge, establishing contacts, and generating transfer and innovation projects.
Innovation Management staff members give advice to science and industry and support the innovation process from protecting the rights to cooperation and license contracts to the foundation of the spin-off. The Innovation Department represents the strategic KIT innovation pillar within KIT and to the outside, supports trusting relationships to industry and investors, and enhances the innovation culture at KIT.