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DKK 15 million for new start-up factory in the innovation environment at Navitas

A new start-up factory is opening at Navitas in September. With a grant of DKK 15 million, Aarhus will gain a brand new and visionary innovation environment with a strong thematic association with the cleantech branch.

2014.08.22 | Kim Harel

Aarhus is gaining a new start-up factory and innovation environment at Navitas. The responsible partners are the Aarhus University School of Engineering, the Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering and INCUBA.

The new start-up factory houses both office and workshop facilities, as well as prototype workshops and laboratories. The aim is to strengthen entrepreneurial expertise and boost the rate of entrepreneurs among students.

As of 1 September, students at Aarhus University and the Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering will be able to establish start-up companies in the Start-up Factory, located on the fifth floor of the Navitas Building at the Port of Aarhus. This is part of a major initiative focusing on entrepreneurship, particularly in the science and engineering degree programmes.

“Our aim is to create an entrepreneurship environment with a strong academic profile and a holistic focus on innovation. It’s crucial for a start-up company to have access to relevant advisory services – whether they are technological or business-oriented. And we should keep in mind that our students often need to work with prototype development at a very early stage of the innovation process. In this regard, they are free to use our workshop and laboratory facilities,” says Development Manager Lars Denning, Aarhus University School of Engineering.

The Start-up Factory is part of an overall innovation environment called Navitas Science and Innovation. It is run in collaboration between the Aarhus University School of Engineering, the Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering and INCUBA.

The aim is more entrepreneurs
Approximately five per cent of the engineering students at Aarhus University currently set up their own company, and Lars Denning would like to see this percentage grow.

“We have the potential for much more, and I think we can go a long way if we provide our students with an opportunity to acquire an entrepreneurial mindset during the course of their education,” he says.

There is also room at the new start-up factory for students taking other degree programmes at Aarhus University and the Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering. It is hoped that different kinds of cross-disciplinary collaboration will take place in the area of innovation.

“The first student entrepreneurs are already moving into the Start-up Factory at Navitas, and they have completely different backgrounds,” says Lars Denning, who encourages students from both the university and the school to try it out for themselves in the cross-field between technology and business creation.

Students offered a place in the start-up factory in future will be selected on the basis of an application stating reasons, accompanied by a description of a specific business idea.

More information will be available on the website as soon as possible.

You are welcome to contact

Development Manager Lars Denning
Aarhus University School of Engineering
M: ld@iha.dk
T: +45 2136 7016

 

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