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MARC SEELBACH

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+49 (0)234 32-22477 marc.seelbach@uv.rub.de

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WORLDFACTORY is one of the central transfer and founding projects of Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB). Both academics and students receive competent advice, rooms and infrastructure for practical testing and networking opportunities. If you have a good idea and want to develop it further, you will find many forms of support here.

Your

IDEA

IDEA

IDEA

To be successful it takes more than just an innovative idea. We offer workspaces to develop your idea and consultation on how to protect your intellectual property and products.  According to your needs, we bring you into contact with experts from our network.

Find a Team

Find a Team

Do you have a good business idea but still lack in partners? Or would you just like to push and support someone else’s idea? In that case, you can use our team- and project platform. In our co-working space you can meet other start-up teams.Teachers are also welcome!

Co-working

Co-working

Working together in a team is fun and productive. In our workspaces​​​​​​​ there is enough space to work with your colleagues.

Find Workspace

Find Workspace

If you need a room to work on your idea, concept or business plan, the UFO offers many different rooms for you to work in. Book one of our Team-Spaces, a desk in the Co-Working-Space or work in the MakerForum.

Protecting an idea

Protecting an idea

To ensure that your idea remains yours, consult us regarding patent protection. Furthermore we support you researching existing patents. 

To be successful it takes more than just an innovative idea. We offer workspaces to develop your idea and consultation on how to protect your intellectual property and products.  According to your needs, we bring you into contact with experts from our network.

Consultation

Consultation

Consultation

It’s always good to talk about your ideas and to get feedback on it, even at an early stage. In our open consultation service „STARTERBASE“ we have competent employees who love to discuss your idea with you and the possibilites for a further proceeding. Our doors are always open for your requests.

Developing a concept

Developing a concept

The further development of an idea requires a a straight proceeding. We have enough space for you to work on your project in a proper environment. We are happy to support you at short notice.

Business model

Business model

An idea can quickly become a business model. In order to impress investors with your idea and receive capital your need to write a business plan. Book a workspace to work on it or aks us for advice. Several times a year we host seminars with our partners regarding this subject.

Invention

Invention

To protect your intellectual property from unfair competition, you can contact our patent expert. We are working with PROvendis and offer support for researching in patent databases.

It’s always good to talk about your ideas and to get feedback on it, even at an early stage. In our open consultation service „STARTERBASE“ we have competent employees who love to discuss your idea with you and the possibilites for a further proceeding. Our doors are always open for your requests.

Practice

Practice

Practice

Self-employment needs to be managed well. The founding of a company can be quite complicated. To prevent that, we have noumerous practical teaching formats and seminars to help you get ahead.

Networking

Networking

In order to promote a good business model, it is usual to get into contact with other founders and companies. At pitches or similar events on can network easily and build relationships. We also have an eye on current events in the region to keep you informed.

Presenting

Presenting

Three minutes time to convince potential investors of your idea -- that's what you can expect of a pitch. Train your pitch! Present yourself and your idea our consultants or at one of our events and test your "sales talent".

Prototyping

Prototyping

After having an idea and working on a concept, it’s time to build your prototype. The UFO offers next to the workspaces a MakerForum – an open workshop. It offers workbenches, 3D-printers and such.

Self-employment needs to be managed well. The founding of a company can be quite complicated. To prevent that, we have noumerous practical teaching formats and seminars to help you get ahead.

Foundation

Foundation

Foundation

We are happy about any idea that ends up a company foundation with our support, and we gladly accompany you on your way there.

Funding / Seed capital

Funding / Seed capital

There are many ways to get the money you need to start a business. We can advise you on government support programmes. You can also pitch your idea to potential investors at our next event.

Businessplan

Businessplan

Your business plan should convince investors and potential partners of your business model. You will receive the necessary support in setting up your business model in one of our workshops or in consultation.

We are happy about any idea that ends up a company foundation with our support, and we gladly accompany you on your way there.

DATES & EVENTS

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Events


You would like to get to know RUB better especially its research projects and laboratories? You are interested in a research cooperation or you have a specific problem to solve? You are looking forward to meet students and work with them in joint projects? We are glad to assist you and find suitable contacts for you at RUB.