ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT

An open collaboration platform

With a clear focus on user needs, the ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT explores new technology and application fields, enabling the transformation of ideas into innovations. Here, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and ZEISS employees meet at eye level and practice an open-innovation culture.

 

Our Competencies

The ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT leverages its unique location in a thriving innovation ecosystem to identify promising, yet bold ideas, to refine them in proof-of-concept projects and eventually turn them into independent ventures or transfer them to ZEISS business units. Our multidisciplinary team relies on its own expertise in a few well-defined focus areas as well as a constant open exchange with university researchers, students, entrepreneurs, ZEISS experts and end users.

Nano and Micro Photonics

Nano and Micro Photonics

  • Photonic integrated circuits (PICs)
  • Optical nanostructures, metasurfaces, metamaterials
  • Quality control for nanostructures
  • Micro- and nanostructured sensor systems
     
Sensor Systems and Precision Measurement

Sensor Systems and Precision Measurement

  • High-precision metrology
  • 3D computer vision
  • Micro-and nanostructured sensor systems
  • Bio-and chemical sensor systems
  • Sensors in complex systems
  • Connected sensors and data analytics for smart production
     
Medical and Bio Technologies

Medical and Bio Technologies

  • Surgical intervention of the future
  • Point of Care Diagnostics
  • Bio- and chemical sensor systems
  • Medical robotics

What We Offer

The ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT is an open collaboration platform, offering many opportunities to connect, engage and work together. 
Ideas for collaborations or interested in our offerings?

Offerings Connect, engage and work together. Get in touch
Networking You want to meet likeminded people and connect to other experts?
You want to meet likeminded people and connect to other experts?
ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT Events
  • Join our colloquia and conferences, featuring different topics in the fields of nano-photonics, sensor systems, Metrology, MedTech and more. Find out about upcoming events
  • Get in contact with a ZEISS expert to discuss technologies, applications and markets. We are in regular exchange with all of ZEISS business units- contact us and we will connect you with a matching ZEISS colleague.
  •  Join our informal Networking Events with pretzels and beer to meet innovation enthusiasts, students, entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Follow our Meet-Up group for more information.

Innovation You want to take your ideas a step further?
You want to take your ideas a step further?
ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT
  • Approach us as your sparring partner to refine your technology and business ideas. All exchanged information will of course be kept confidential – we strive to be your trusted partner on eye level.
  • Our research Team is working in close collaboration with the KIT and other universities.We are open to discuss joint research & innovation projects – either bilaterally or as part of a larger consortium.
  •  Join our open innovation challenges and hackathons. Find out about upcoming events

Education You want to broaden your horizon and gain some industry experience during your studies?
You want to broaden your horizon and gain some industry experience during your studies?
ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT
  • Visit our lectures, seminars, internship programs or methodological trainings in the areas of optics & photonics, business development, entrepreneurship, etc. Get in touch for more information.
  • Check out our openings for master- and PhD-theses, if you are at the end of your studies and you are looking for a possibility to get experience in industry and the chance to work on a meaningful application.
  • Check out our openings for internships and working student positions if you are looking for opportunities throughout your studies.

Inspiration You want to work or host your event in an inspiring environment?
You want to work or host your event in an inspiring environment?
ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT
  • Try out our Makerspace with 3D printers, mechanical and electronics tools and plenty of space to finalize your prototyping projects. Introduction courses coming soon!
  • The library is full and your roommates won’t let you focus at home? Come and work at our student CoWorking space in the 6. Floor. Or apply for a temporary project room for yourself and your team.
  •  Ideas for an event or workshop? The Zeiss Inno Hub is a great place to host your events. Contact us for an offer.

Insights and Upcoming Events

You want to get to know us? From conferences to hackathons we host a range of inspiring events throughout the year. Meet like-minded people, have fun and turn ideas into innovations together. Subscribe to our mailing list, if you want to get informed on upcoming events.

Sept. 25th 2020

ZEISS Innovators Meet-up @ KIT

Meet other innovation enthusiasts, students, entrepreneurs and industry leaders and network in an informal atmosphere with pretzels and beer.

This time, Ralph Henn, PhD Student in the group of Prof. Terzidis, Institute of Entrepreneurship, Technology-Management and Innovation (EnTechnon), will give an overview on his research about Karlsruhe as an example of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Ralph is interested and experienced in the entrepreneurship and start-up culture since his undergrad studies, gaining experience as a start-up consultant at the Pioniergarage.

BWCon Hightech Summit
Oct. 1st 2020

BWCon Hightech Summit

On October 1st,we are hosting one event of high-tech summit Baden-Württemberg, organized by BWCon. The high-tech summit 2020, will be held as a hybrid event, combining several locations in Baden-Württemberg. The ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT as one of the locations, will be hosting the presentation of the CyberOne Hightech Award for High-Tech start-ups in Baden-Württemberg.

July 1st 2020

The Hub Team is growing – Scantinel joined us

Scantinel Photonics is a Spin-off of the ZEISS Group. Their technology relies on coherent (FMCW) LiDAR to generate three-dimensional images of the environment, to generate a base for reliable autonomous navigation.

July 23rd 2020

Imagine – the Future of Microrobotics

Themed “Imagine – the future of Microrobotics”, we organized our first Hub conference in 2020, six speakers from academia, startups and ZEISS were giving interesting insights and trends towards applications and technology trends in the field of Micro-Robotics.  

Thank you Prof. Peer Fischer (MPI for intelligent systems), Joachim Hartjes (ZEISS), Christian Marzi (KIT), Hinnerk Oßmer (Memetis), Peter Andrews (ZEISS); Mathias Bach (PI) for the interesting and insightful talks.

Innovation Culture

Open Innovation is a much used buzz-word. At the ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT, we are truly convinced of the concept, eager to explore promising ideas, no matter where they originate from. We cooperate with our partners on eye-level, aiming for a trustful, long-lasting relationship. This is also reflected in our team-culture: We strive for excellence and are courageous to take risks. We learn from failure and give each other honest, constructive feedback. And most importantly: We have fun at work because we love what we do and how we work together as a team.

Our Team

We are a small multidisciplinary team of young, open-minded, highly motivated researchers and innovation managers. We combine deep expertise in technical fields, such as photonics, materials science, computer vision and quantum technologies, with incessant curiosity and broad knowledge of innovation methodologies.

Max
Heiner
Sophia
Philipp
Felix
Tobias
Jannik
Matthias
Guillaume
Carolin

Co-Location of Academia, Startups and Industry

The ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT is designed as a co-location of academic research, startups and industry. The organization of the building reflects the open innovation mindset behind it: from the ground to the top floor, it hosts the nano-scale 3D printing specialist Nanoscribe, the KIT high-tech incubator, home to numerous start-ups and spin-offs from the KIT, and lastly the ZEISS innovation team.

Scantinel Photonics

Scantinel Photonics is a Spin-off of the ZEISS Group. Our technology relies on coherent (FMCW) LiDAR to generate three-dimensional images of the environment, to generate a base for reliable autonomous navigation.

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Nanoscribe

The medium-sized company develops and sells 3D printers and maskless lithography systems for microfabrication as well as specially developed printing materials and application-specific solution sets. The specialist for additive manufacturing of high-precision structures and objects on the nano, micro and mesoscale was founded in 2007 as a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Today, with more than 70 employees, Nanoscribe has become the market and technology leader.

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Voxalytic

Voxalytic™ produces innovative sensors, transformers and coils with high precision in the micrometer to millimeter range suited for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and power electronics applications as well as high-precision customized probes for complex measurement setups (e.g. fluids, optics, high-precision MRI).

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Microworks

Microworks generates microstructures on the border between micro- and nanotechnology by means of X-ray lithography, a highly versatile process. We serve the medical field by supplying parts for innovative radiography equipment, including components for geometric optics featuring pinholes, slits and lenses as well as phase gratings and intensity gratings for wave optics applications.

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Aquarray GmbH

Aquarray’s Droplet Microarray (DMA), a patented technology for cell cultivation, ultra high throughput screening (uHTS) and biochemical assay platforms, delivers the potential of microarray technologies to the field of cell-based screening systems. Aquarray opens multiplexing opportunities to research areas all the way from basic research over industrial uHTS to clinical applications.

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Let’s Get in Touch

  • Exchange ideas on collaborations, joint research & innovation projects
  • Start an interesting internship or M.Sc./B.Sc. thesis
  • Meet like-minded people, extent your network & host your event with us
  • Share best-practices of university/industry co-location

Let’s connect via E-Mail

Write us an Email: innovati onhubkit @zeiss .com

Meet up

Join our meet up group and stay tuned for upcoming events

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