Students develop business models for research projects
As part of the “Technology Business Model Creation (TBMC)” seminar, student teams develop business models for existing, groundbreaking research projects at TU Braunschweig. This year’s final event of the seminar took place on 21 July, where two teams were awarded for their outstanding work.
One of the winning teams (Katharina Wolf, Melina Maßmann, Marvin Paul and Nils Rayczik) developed a complex business model for Dr. Ingrid Schall’s research activities. Dr. Ingrid Schall, a visiting scientist at the TU Institute for Semiconductor Technology, developed a completely new approach to the production of crystalline silicon. With the help of this methodology, it has been possible to enable a production process for solar cells that is independent of foreign imports and requires less energy. In the meantime, an international patent application has been filed for the innovative process.
The second winning team (Kevin Gronemeyer and Lennart Hüsken) convinced with a business model for a screening and registration terminal for hospitals. The Screening and Registration Terminal is a contactless plug-and-play solution with the aim of reducing the workload in hospitals and improving infection control through (partial) automation. The research project is the brainchild of Steven Hahnemann. At the Institute for Industrial Construction and Structural Design at the TU Braunschweig, he conducts research as a research assistant in the field of healthcare construction and digital design in the area of VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality/mixed reality), among other things.
This year’s expert jury included Britta Kokemper-Söllner (member of the executive board) and Klaus Lange (board member and business angel) from the Business Angel Netzwerk Süd Ost Niedersachsen – Banson e.V.
The seminar is offered by the Entrepreneurship Hub of TU Braunschweig and the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences. Using real research projects, the participating students learn how scientific and technological research results can be transferred into a suitable and marketable business model. The students deal with real applicable technologies of TU Braunschweig, so that the elaborated work results can ideally be used further after the seminar and create a real added value for the market launch. The aim of the event is to use the great opportunities in our region for high-tech start-ups and to promote start-ups in this area. The Technology Business Model Creation (TBMC) course takes place annually in the summer semester.