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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Knowledge Transfer

 Servicezentrum Forschung - SZF

Competence Person

Head of Team Knowledge Transfer
Geschäftsführer der Humboldt-Innovation GmbH

Volker Hofmann
Venture Service

The Venture Service team supports the knowledge and technology transfer of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin by fostering the establishment of research-based startups with a link to the university. By close cooperation of the Research Service Centre (Servicezentrum Forschung, SZF) and Humboldt-Innovation GmbH, the Venture Service offers assistance to prospective entrepreneurs and existing startups from HU, e.g. with the development of their business plan as well as with finding and applying for funding opportunities and follow-up financing. The young entrepreneurs also profit from a variety of events organized by the Venture Service team.

Additionally, Humboldt-Universität offers office spaces to startup projects, which are located in one of the two “Gründerhäuser” in Berlin-Mitte and Berlin-Adlershof.

The transfer and startup promotion is supported by the means of the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Senate Administration for Economics, Technology and Research.


Competence Person
Venture Service Thomas Wagner
Venture Service Diana Matz
Venture Service Constantin Bremer
Innovation Management

The Innovation Management team offer HU scientist comprehensive consultation and advice for transferring knowledge and technology into markets and society. They analyse together with the scientists the application-orientation of their respective ideas and research results. The objective is to commercialize innovative research.

The team scouts and analyses the potential of the scientists’ ideas and research with regards to transferability and transfer-related funding.

Furthermore, the Innovation Management team host several networking events for academia and business and offer workshops and training on transfer-related topics.

The transfer and start-up support at HU is endowed by funding from the European Social Fund and the Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung.

With “Humboldts Wagniswerkstätten”, the HU establishes an interdisciplinary education programme for transfer-related knowledge and skills, funded by the IHK Berlin. In a practice-oriented as well as a more theory-based workshop format, researchers and students develop ideas and solutions for real-life questions posed by local companies and gain insights and hands-on skills in intra-& entrepreneurship.


Competence Person
Head of Innovation Management Daniela Rings
Innovation Management Jan Eggert
Humboldts Wagniswerkstätten Christina Stehr
ESF Projektcontrolling Franziska Schmidt
ESF 5 Projektcontrolling Anna Mölling
Transfer Manager Eleonora Frühwirt
Cooperation-, Marketing-, Alumni-Management
  • Service for cooperations to promote research-based startup and other transfer-related projects
  • Strategic Marketing for Venture Service and Innovation Management
  • Fundraising for transfer and foundation area
  • Founder-Alumni Relations


Competence Person
Cooperation, Marketing, Alumni Carina Braselmann
Cooperation Management University Startup Factory Olga Mergenthaler
Startup Tutor Sebastian Adolphy
Startup Alumni Manager Frederike Laun
Startup Scholarships (ESF 5) Florian Grüning