IT incubator to commercialize research results of computer science in Saarbrücken
The official start of the IT incubator was on March 4, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. at the University auditorium (building A 3.3). The Prime Minister of Saarland, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Professor Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society, and Professor Volker Linneweber, University President, jointly introduced the new facility to the public and to the media.
The IT incubator will provide scientists with innovative projects in the field of information technology with facilities, infrastructure and technology, and will help them make new contacts in the industry and with potential customers.
They will also receive professional advice in project management, and, in conjunction with the technology transfer departments of the Max Planck Society and Saarland University, the IT incubator will be in charge of marketing the new technologies. The IT Inkubator GmbH was founded as a joint venture between the WuT GmbH, a subsidiary of the Saarland University, and the Max Planck Innovation GmbH, Max Planck Society’s technology transfer organization.
The State of Saarland supports the incubator concept with state funds to unlock the economic potential of inventions in information technology emerging from Saarland University’s research institutions.
Saarland is known far beyond its borders for its expertise in computer science. The targeted communication of outstanding research results has greatly increased this awareness. By creating an IT incubator in Saarbrücken, this work will not only be continued. It will also be significantly expanded so that the excellent computer science research in Saarland can be further embedded into the regional economy.
Saarland Prime Minister
Great breakthrough innovations are not conceivable without solid basic research. However, to transform scientific knowledge into innovation, we need to bring science and entrepreneurship together. That is the idea behind incubators—and when it comes to computer science, Saarbrücken is Max Planck Society’s first choice. Two outstanding Max Planck Institutes, the Saarland University with its very visible emphasis on computer science, the cluster of excellence for multimodal computing, and other strong players in the region show: this is the right place for the IT incubator.
President of the Max Planck Society
The Saarland Computer Science Competence Center will assist the Departments of Computer Science at both the Saarland University and the University of Technology and Economics in using IT Inkubator GmbH’s services and to network with the industry. The center will also be involved in making computer science research in Saarland more visible to the public to attract young talent to computer sciences and scientific research.
About Max Planck Innovation
Max Planck Innovation is responsible for the technology transfer of the Max Planck Society and, as such, the link between industry and basic research. With our interdisciplinary team we advise and support scientists of the Max Planck Institutes in evaluating their inventions, filing patents and founding companies. We offer industry a unique access to the innovations of the Max Planck Institutes. Thus, we perform an important task: the transfer of basic research results into products, which contribute to the economic and social progress.
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