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Opportunities for cooperation

Close cooperation with practice is - in addition to scientific research and teaching - a supporting pillar of the Chair of Innovation Management. In order to transfer knowledge gained into business practice and to further develop and apply it with cooperation partners, we cooperate with partners from large companies, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as with founders and start-ups, depending on the objective and scenario. In cooperations, we contribute our scientific expertise from innovation management and entrepreneurship as well as our experience from various practical, innovation and start-up projects. Various forms of cooperation and collaboration are possible: guest lectures in courses, integration of individual projects and case studies in courses, longer-term research collaborations, joint start-up projects, workshops and executive education or further training. Contact us - we look forward to your interest!

The Chair of Innovation Management aims to provide students not only with theoretical content, but also with insights and contacts in practice. To this end, we regularly invite executives, founders and entrepreneurs as well as experts from various industries who provide insights into business models, innovations, technologies, current developments in business fields or strategic and operational issues in a variety of our events.

Practical project work and case studies are used in many of our courses as part of our teaching concept. Students from different disciplines thus have the opportunity to acquire conceptual, analytical, creative and communicative skills in addition to scientifically sound knowledge. At the same time, our practice partners, who bring in their specific questions and problem situations as a project or case study, benefit from the students' individual and innovative solution ideas and approaches. These include, for example, approaches to the innovation of a career platform with the help of the design thinking approach or the elaboration of digital business model innovations.

For the Chair of Innovation Management, entrepreneurial thinking and action is a central component of the development of radical innovations, innovative technologies and new business fields. Therefore, we regularly work with start-ups and support (prospective) founders as well as established companies in their start-up and innovation projects. As a start-up or established company, are you interested in cooperation, workshops or executive education and training? Please contact us!

Further information and offers for start-up support and advice (e.g. property rights) as well as the provision of infrastructure can also be found at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.


The Chair of Innovation Management is happy to supervise Bachelor's and Master's theses that are written in cooperation with a practice partner. The choice of topic and concrete questions are closely coordinated with the company, whereby the content must be related to the chair and the academic requirements must be met.

The chair is very interested in short and long-term collaborations in joint research projects with companies from different sectors (e.g. IT, e-commerce and trade, industry, venture capital, logistics). A collaboration can include (interdisciplinary) research projects with one or more academic staff members. In these research projects, new insights are created from mostly large data sets for both our practice partners and the scientific community.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus North to Campus South by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus North and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Street navigation from and to the TU Dortmund University:

OpenStreetMap Routing Machine

The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:

Environment map (PDF)

Environment map (graphic)

This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:

Interactive campus map

This document contains a simple campus map in German and English:

Campus map (PDF)