Making a successful contribution

You can make a successful contribution to shaping innovation at FAU. FAU’s innovation platforms, networks, partnerships and collaborations welcome your contributions to all steps of the FAU Innovation Cycle: Discovery – Development – Evaluation – Decision-making.

Discovering innovation with the FAU Digital Tech Academy

Logo FAU Digital Tech AcademyThe Digital Tech Academy is the interdisciplinary hub for digitalisation and entrepreneurship at FAU. It is based in the Office of Knowledge and Technology Transfer and Continuing Education (wtt), which is the central point of contact for spin-off services, joint R&D projects, IP management, training and event management.

Developing innovation at JOSEPHS – the open innovation laboratory at FAU

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JOSEPHS is an open innovation lab that was set up as a project in 2014 by Fraunhofer IIS with the support of the Chair of Information Systems 1 at FAU. The aim of the lab is to discover the future and experience the creative world of product and service development. Test new ideas in our workshop and play an active role in creating and improving innovations. Your feedback is passed on directly to the companies involved.

Evaluating innovation at ZOLLHOF – FAU’s digital start-up centre


Logo ZollhofZOLLHOF is a digital start-up centre that offers comprehensive support to start-ups in areas such as the Internet of Things, smart city and big data. It was set up in Nuremberg on FAU’s initiative. Those starting their own companies can hire open office space including infrastructure, and are given practical assistance in developing their products and services, benefiting from connections to an extensive network of companies and entrepreneurs cooperating with ZOLLHOF. ZOLLHOF offers its own ‘Student Tech Accelerator’ to students, giving them the opportunity to get in touch with start-ups and corporate innovators and to actively shape innovative products for the future as a full member of their team.

Decision-making for innovation in LZE – the High Performance Centre for Electronic Systems at FAU

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The High-Performance Centre builds on the many years of intense collaboration between the Fraunhofer Institutes and FAU as well as the unique concentration of research and industry in the field of electronic systems in Erlangen and the surrounding Nuremberg Metropolitan Region. Excellent research and joint planning form the basis for an extensive long-term strategic partnership between Fraunhofer, FAU and industry. The pilot phase for the High Performance Centre for Electronic Systems started in January 2015 and is funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology.


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The FAU AI Map

FAU has been researching and teaching in the field of artificial intelligence since 1975. Below is an overview of the chairs and clusters involved.