As an International Network University, the FU Berlin thrives on its many contacts with higher education institutions abroad. In teaching, research, and professional development, Freie Universität works closely with universities in Israel, especially with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Tel Aviv University (TAU) is also a strong partner.

Even though Freie Universität Berlin mainly focuses on basic sciences as opposed to applied sciences, the transfer of knowledge and technology is well established and especially successful with regard to patents, licenses and spin-offs. Profund Innovation is the central service unit for Knowledge and Technology Transfer at the Freie Universität Berlin. Its services are also available to members of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Hence, Profund Innovation has incubated many start-ups targeting the healthcare sector. Another focus is placed on IT, media and creative industries.

Profund Innovation offers:

  • Personal consulting for inventors and assessment of inventions with respect to suitability for patenting and opportunities for commercialization
  • Development of suitable patenting and commercialization strategies
  • Startup counseling and business model development
  • Entrepreneurship education in terms of seminars and competitions
  • Networking events
  • Advice and support concerning the acquisition of public and private funding
  • Access to experts, coaches and mentors
  • Access to well-equipped workplaces in three buildings on campus free of charge during start-up phase

Facts & Figures

  • The Freie Universität Berlin has of a portfolio of more than 50 patented or patent pending inventions.
  • From 2006 to mid-2015 about 120 companies have been founded with the support of Profund Innovation.
  • Nationwide, Freie Universität ranks among the first in raising funds of „EXIST Gründerstipendium“ “ of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).
  • According to the 2014 survey “Gründungsradar” published by “Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft” Freie Universität Berlin ranks sixth among Germany’s large universities with more than 15.000 students.


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