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We have achieved so much already. Meet the individuals who are making the most of their potential at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) thanks to our sponsors. And learn more about the projects we have been able to get off the ground at TUM with the support of private donors, foundations and socially engaged companies.

Portrait of chemist Dr. Madleen Busse

TUM made it possible for chemist Madleen Busse to return to Germany after completing her doctorate in Australia and carrying out postdoctoral research there. She is currently developing contrast agents and staining methods for detailed 3D X-ray images of tissue samples in her discipline of biomedical physics. (Picture: Magdalena Jooß)

Attracting the best brains

Grants for outstanding postdocs from around the world: The postdoctoral period is often the most productive phase of an academic’s career. That is why TUM offers talented postdocs the support of a one-year grant financed from the income of the TUM University Foundation. And our support does not end there. We not only help these young academics to advance their own research, but also to set up their own work groups and apply for external funding. In this way, the fellowship can turn into a long-term research position.

Video: Our entrepreneurship strategy (6:20 min.)

Fostering entrepreneurship

A unique infrastructure for start-ups: TUM incubates around 70 companies every year. This creative start-up community transfers scientific and research innovations to the business world. We offer a complete support package to our researchers and students, ranging from advice on the best business model and management training through go-to-market preparations and prototype building to actual applications for funding. A key role is played by UnternehmerTUM GmbH, TUM’s center for innovation and business creation, which was founded and funded by the entrepreneur Susanne Klatten. Entrepreneurship at TUM

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