Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is one of Berlin’s oldest universities, founded in 1810 by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, whose university model has strongly influenced other European and Western universities.
As one of eleven German universities, the Humboldt-Universität was chosen “University of Excellence”. The university has educated 29 Nobel Prize winners and is ranked in the TOP 50 of the 2015 Times Higher Education World University Ranking.
Amongst the wide spectrum of research activities, the university has identified the following focal points: studies of the ancient world and history of science; philosophy; quantitative economics; life sciences with a focus on theoretical biology, neuroscience and immunobiology; mathematics as a key technology; material and optical sciences as well as climate and sustainability research. These focal points are grounded on ten Collaborative Research Centres, twelve Research Training Groups and eleven interdisciplinary centres. As nerve centres for collaboration, integrative research institutes in the life sciences and natural sciences – a unique phenomenon of Humboldt-Universität – cross-link different research areas and identify as well as address pressing issues of the future.
The HU Venture Service supports scientists and students to convert scientific knowledge into a startup and bring the idea to market. Operated by both the Research Service Centre and the Humboldt-Innovation GmbH, the Venture Service is the first contact point for all questions around starting a business. The Venture Service team offers comprehensive services for entrepreneurs, startup projects and spin-offs from HU with their concepts and in the development of their business. They offers fully equipped rooms, training- and network events to foster the best possible environment for entrepreneurship and help with funding options and follow-up financing as well as in business matters. So far over 60 successful enterprises have been founded that account for more than 550 jobs between 2005 and 2015.