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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KIT Sustainable Innovation Challenge
ARRTI Student Challenge 2022

Sustainability is the key to a positive impact on the global economy and to preserving lives worldwide. The KIT Sustainable Innovation Challenge aims to motivate KIT students to solve problems in order to develop a more sustainable world for all. Now it´s up to you! Develop new ideas to change the world we live in today for a better tomorrow. Deadline for Application is June 26.

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EXTENDED: KIT Sustainable and Responsible Innovation Challenge

Apply until May 31 for the KIT Sustainable and Responsible Innovation Challenge and realize your idea for a positive impact on individuals, society, or the environment! Open to KIT academic staff and PhD students, maximum funding per project of 40,000€.

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 01.04.2022


Date: SS 2022

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.


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