Start-up portraits

Artificial intelligence for quality control, innovative services for better IT security and chic designs for sustainable fashion: the WORLDFACTORY start-ups boast creativity and competence, motivation and implementation drive. Browse through the start-up portraits and learn more about the business ideas and the minds behind them. If you are interested, we will be happy to put you in touch with each other. 

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Are you aware of the benefits of mentoring in your enterprise? Then why not explore how valuable the exchange with a young start-up team can be! As a mentor, you will not only gain access to the latest research, exciting innovations and technological approaches; you will also take part in the WORLDFACTORY’s networking programme and gain valuable impulses and contacts for your own company. 

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Application and transfer into practice play an important role at universities today. Rather than conducting research for its own sake, they cultivate collaborations with companies and train the next generation of academics for the real world. The “RUBpreneurs” – people who connect academia with business – serve as links between students, researchers and companies in the WORLDFACTORY. 

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The WORLDFACTORY does more than just offer founders a diverse programme. It also brings start-ups together with established companies to promote the exchange of knowledge, technologies and experiences. Would you like to get to know new business ideas from your industry at a pitch, discuss the opportunities of digitalisation or meet young start-up teams at a casual networking event? If so, you’ve come to the right place! 

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Patents & Co.

You’ve made an exciting discovery and would like to know if it is a genuine innovation? The WORLDFACTORY team is familiar with patents and other intellectual property rights. We assess the uniqueness of your invention, determine its potential and support you throughout the entire process, from initial idea to patent application – both for start-ups and for established businesses. Because intellectual property is a valuable asset! 

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Worldfactory international

Innovation and knowledge know no borders. With its global networks and partnerships, the “WORLDFACTORY international” programme creates the ideal conditions for worldwide research and transfer. No matter if you are an early career researcher, a start-up or an internationally operating company: working together under the umbrella of the WORLDFACTORY gives all participants more visibility on the world stage. 

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Are you a successful player on the market, but would like to try something new? The WORLDFACTORY provides a gigantic playground for this purpose on 1,800 m²! The “RUB-Makerspace” is a state-of-the-art experimentation area with workshops for a wide range of materials, digital workshop and electronics lab, prototyping lab and creative space with VR, photo and film studio. Workshops are held to learn how to use the equipment. Take the step and give it a try: practice makes perfect! 

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The WORLDFACTORY Incubators are hotbeds for ventures in various disciplines, in which RUB excels with its outstanding research performance. They offer expertise, services and infrastructure not only for start-ups – established businesses can also access their accumulated know-how and the latest technologies here. 

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Knowledge and technology transfer

The WORLDFACTORY bridges the gap between research and application. After all, society can only benefit if knowledge and new technologies find their way into practice. Would you like to exchange ideas with RUB researchers or contribute your practical experience to current research and teaching? We’d be happy to get you in touch with each other. Perhaps it would lead to a collaboration under the umbrella of the WORLDFACTORY. 

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