Shaping innovation

Innovation is our passion. Our drive and enthusiasm for new ideas has brought us to where we are today, a clear leader in the field, ranked number 1 in Germany and number 2 in Europe for innovation in the Reuters Top 100, 2019.

The FAU innovation cycle

FAU’s innovation cycle shows us the way forward in four steps: Discovery – Development – Evaluation – Decision-making.

Discovering innovation

Curiosity and dedication are important factors in innovation processes. FAU thus invites talented individuals who have a great deal of curiosity and are highly dedicated to join us in discovering innovation. The FAU Digital Tech Academy is our launch pad for all those who would like to discover innovation with us. The perfect opportunity for all budding innovators:

Developing innovation

Would you like to develop innovations yourself? Then JOSEPHS®, the open innovation lab in Nuremberg city centre, is just the place for you. JOSEPHS® offers both individuals and entire organisations an exciting range of services for innovation. The place to be for innovative developers:

Evaluating innovation

Do you have a great idea, an initial concept, maybe also a prototype and a strong team with which you’d like to start a company? Then you should put your ideas to the ‘start-up test’ and have your proposal evaluated. ZOLLHOF, the digital start-up centre at FAU, is the right place for you. With the help of talented entrepreneurs, you will quickly learn how you can turn your idea into a market-ready innovation or set up your own company. The perfect place for innovators with an entrepreneurial mindset:

Decision-making for innovation

For when things really start getting serious, you can choose to work with professionals from large corporations and medium-sized business to develop high-performance products and processes in the context of real entrepreneurial innovation. LZE is the right place for you in this case. Join us at and start making those decisions.