NEULAND – The Innovation Day at KIT on 27.06.2018

Enter NEULAND and experience innovation at KIT up close!

On June 27, 2018, the third Innovation Day NEULAND took place - a meeting platform for everyone interested in the topics of technology transfer and business start-ups at KIT.

The diverse offer ranged from varied seminars and workshops to pitches by scientists and founders and award ceremonies to an exciting evening program with an inspiring keynote by Christian Klein, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE.

Learn more in our follow-up report.


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More than 750 participants celebrated the innovation culture at KIT and used the opportunity to get to know the latest technologies and spin-offs from KIT.

"The goal is to transfer findings into the economy and bring them to the market together."


For the third year in a row, the NEULAND Innovation Day offered the opportunity to discover the diverse innovation activities at KIT. More than 20 seminars and workshops contributed to this, ranging from financing options and patent law to the presentation of successful cooperations in the fields of mobility, information, and materials. This year, the Guided Tour, during which visitors could get to know all teams of the technology and start-up exhibition in a one-hour tour, was also very popular. Further information on the exhibitors can be found here.

The event was officially opened by Professor Dr. Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs at KIT and patron of the event, together with Dr. Frank Ruff, Head of Future Trends & Insights at Daimler AG. "The dialog with industry and society as well as the presentation of innovative ideas and projects at KIT have a high priority for us. The aim is to transfer findings to the economy, to develop them further, and to bring them to the market together," says Prof. Hirth.

Trend-setting Technologies at the Tech and Founder Pitch


At the R2B Techpitch, KIT scientists presented current research results in three-minute short presentations. For the presenters, it was not only about presenting their technologies, but also about attracting the attention of cooperation and industry partners.

At the start-up pitch, young KIT start-ups had four minutes to present their business ideas to the audience. Among them were axxelera, Heisenberg Quantum Simulations, µyprint, Nesto, and Usertimes. The confident pitches were then evaluated by an expert jury consisting of Alexander Fauck (Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe), Ulrich Begemann (Voith), Alin Semenescu (Sparkasse Karlsruhe), Kai Blankenhorn (Capgemini), Dr. Frank Ruff (Daimler), Christoph Sagemann (LBBW Venture Capital GmbH), and Thomas Hoffmeister (Fabrikado GmbH).

Awards for outstanding innovations


The fans were not only on the edge of their seats during the World Cup match between Germany and South Korea, but also in the evening during the presentation of the NEULAND Innovation Award and the Founder Awards. This time, two teams shared first place in the founder pitch. Congratulations to Nesto and Heisenberg Quantum Simulations. The audience award also went to Heisenberg Quantum Simulations.

The winner of the NEULAND ideas competition was Prof. Dr. Jürgen Fleischer and Marius Dackweiler for their idea "Flexible, automated joining of lightweight profiles using innovative fiber winding technology" from the Institute of Product Development. First place in the special prize category went to Prof. Dr. Marc Weber and PD Dr. Nicole Ruiter from the Institute of Process Data Processing and Electronics for the project "3D USCT for multi-center study in China". An overview of all award winners of the Innovation Competition can be found here.

SAP Executive Board member Christian Klein gives keynote speech on digital transformation


The subsequent keynote by Christian Klein, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, was dedicated to the topic "Innovate to win - Shaping digital transformation". He compared the culture of innovation in Germany with that in Silicon Valley and concluded that digital transformation must be seen as an opportunity rather than a risk. The keynote speech led into a late-night talk with Prof. Hirth, during which Klein took questions from the audience. The eventful day ended with an evening of networking. Late into the night and with musical accompaniment, the guests were able to exchange ideas and make new contacts in an open atmosphere.

Many thanks to the event sponsors Daimler AG, ABB AG, BASF SE, SAP SE, Siemens AG and Carl Zeiss AG. Furthermore, we would like to thank the sponsors of the founder pitch Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe GmbH, Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA, Sparkasse Karlsruhe and Capgemini Deutschland GmbH as well as the sponsors of the Innovation Competition NEULAND Robert Bosch GmbH, Pilz GmbH & Co. KG, Vector Informatik GmbH, ABB AG and the Baden-Württembergische Bank.

We are already looking forward to the Innovation Day 2019 Save the Date: July 10, 2019!

The Innovation Day NEULAND 2018 was supported by:

Banner with logos of sponsors


Founder and Technology exhibition

Lectures and workshops



Innovation and founder ceremony

Evening event

Also this year, the Innovation Day NEULAND offered visitors the opportunity to inform themselves about the manifold start-up activities at KIT, to get in touch with potential cooperation partners, and to meet innovative projects and creative minds.

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