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.


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Two Projects Aiming to Industrialize Mycelium-Based Materials Win KIT Sustainable and Responsible Innovation Challenge 2022

The prize for the first KIT Sustainable and Responsible Innovation Challenge goes to the two research projects FIMMaterial and NEWOOD, which harness innovative materials based on mycelium (structural part of fungi) for industrial application.


During the 12-month funding period, the ARRTI-sponsored prize also includes joint reflection on possible consequences of the aforementioned project goals and the resources used, in line with the call to "do good in a good way".

Start Up X
StartUp X


From the conception of an idea to the final pitch, experience the life of a founder yourself through the seminar Startup X. Challenge yourself to experience the life of an entrepreneur and learn how to attain resources to realize your vision.


Registration period: until 07.10.2022


Date: WS 2022/23

Gewinnermeldung zur KIT SI Challenge
Idea to support blind people wins the KIT Sustainable Innovation Challenge 2022

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.


Name Title Job Description Portrait
Prof. Dr.  
Portrait Himstedt
M.A. SI Challenge
M.Sc. SI Challenge