KIT is the only German university that pursues innovation as a core task on par with research and teaching in its statutory mandate. We regard innovation as the transfer of knowledge into practical applications and foster intra- and entrepreneurship at KIT through entrepreneurial education and training with a focus on an action-oriented approach.

Our Responsible Innovation initiative is focused on both intrapreneurship (entrepreneurial activities within KIT as a deliberate addition to the scientific activities of a staff member) and entrepreneurship (establishment of a new company). Accordingly, this initiative targets students and staff of KIT through responsible communication, advice and application in order to enable these individuals to recognize their own responsibility in research, transmission and entrepreneurial ideas. This concept involves open, ongoing reflection. In this context, the initiative focuses on ethical issues and the teaching of general skills in normative-ethical reflection.

In sum, this means integrating the concept of responsible innovation into existing curricular and extracurricular activities as well as into the training of prospective entrepreneurs. In so doing, the aim is to achieve a broad awareness of responsibility to the point where it becomes simply a matter of course to integrate the concept in all scientific endeavors, especially in entrepreneurial education and training, and thus to achieve an understanding of the sustainable, goal-oriented integration of responsibility and reflection in all intra- and entrepreneurial actions.


KIT SIC 2023
Innovating Towards a Barrier-Free Future: Winners of KIT Student Innovation Challenge Revealed!

TactileVision and SignMeUp emerge as the winning teams with their pioneering ideas.


TactileVision empowers visually impaired students with 3D-printed educational experiences, while SignMeUp translates real-time gestures to simplify communication among the hearing-impaired.


Excited for ARRTI team's support in the coming months.

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KIT Responsible Innovation Challenge 2023: The Winners!

The prize for the KIT Responsible Innovation Challenge 2023 goes to the two research projects:


Loop reactor for hydrogen production and storage by reacting iron with water




Hochskalierung und kommerzielle Bereitstellung von Preußisch Weiß als Aktivmaterial für Natrium-Ionen Batterien


During the 12-month funding period, the ARRTI-sponsored prize also includes an accompanying reflections on the various dimensions of responsibility in each project, in line with the call to "do good in a good way".

Gewinnermeldung zur KIT SI Challenge
KIT Sustainable Innovation Challenge 2022: The Winner

The prize for the second KIT Sustainable Innovation Challenge goes to the team of Batcam and their idea to develop glasses that warn of obstacles, as well as recognize objects and much more. The idea is to create a platform that will support blind people in their daily life's.


The prize, funded by ARRTI, includes a 6-month sponsorship for the Challenge winners. This support is intended in particular to kick-start the team's further development and thus contribute to the realization of the business idea.

Sustainability award of GROW start-up competition conferred

Start-up "Aufklärwerk" wins the ARRTI co-financed Sustainability Award of the GROW start-up competition. Aufklärwerk is a digital platform for the mediation of social education and encounter offers.




A complete overview of all our events can be found here.


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Prof. Dr.  
Portrait Himstedt
M.A. SI Challenge
M.Sc. SI Challenge