Inspired by the award ceremony of our ‘Lift-off’ competition for startups, in which students and researchers from various departments of Göttingen University present their ideas for innovative startups, with this newsletter we would like to give you an insight into the topic "Startup Promotion". We present a student startup team, an alumnus startup mentor, and our ‘Lift-off’ competition.

Even if Göttingen is calmer during the summer break, there is still lots going on at the University: On June 20, Prof. Dr. Sascha Spoun (HSG), was elected our future president. You are welcome to get a first impression with this video of his acceptance speech.

We are eagerly working together with various departments on the program for our Göttingen Alumni Day on October 26. There will be lectures, workshops, guided tours, network meetings and a special party Saturday night. We very much hope to see you there! Get in touch with your friends from your student days and arrange to meet again in Göttingen on this occasion! The program and registration are available now online.

In the current issue of the University’s newsletter uni│inform, you will receive further insights into current developments at your Alma Mater.

Stories from the Alumni Network

"A Lot of Potential is Useless if Nobody Pushes it"
Dr. Johannes Loxen, alumnus of the Physics Department, is the founder and managing director of SerNet GmbH. For years he has been involved as a mentor for doctoral students and student startups. We spoke with him about his commitment, and how he founded his own company as a student. Read more

Alumni Startup Network: If you have startup experience and would like to join us to strengthen the startup culture at the University of Göttingen, please select in the interest section "Startup Support" in your Alumni Portal profile settings form!
Photo: Christoph Mischke

Stories from Our Students

Startup Profile: Team Kulero ‘The Scoop on Spoons!’
Increasingly more things and food are packed in plastic because it is versatile, inexpensive to produce and durable. At the same time, however, this places an enormous burden on the environment. Plastic is everywhere, whether on the beach, in the sea, or on the street. The Göttingen-based startup "Kulero" now wants to market edible spoons as an alternative to plastic spoons. The founder Juliane Schöning is studying Indology at the University of Göttingen. Read more

News from the University

Latest Innovative Ideas from our Start-ups
Microalgae for pharmaceutical research and an app for finding bars in Göttingen. In the finale of the "Lift-off" startup competition, the University of Göttingen awarded six teams of students and scientists for their startup ideas. Through the yearly competition, the University of Göttingen aims to strengthen the academic startup culture in the region of Southern Lower Saxony. Read more in German
Photo: Christoph Mischke

Insight into Research

Communicating research in an understandable way – Mechanical properties of proteins
How can research be made more understandable in general? We asked someone who is really good at it. In 2018, Charlotta Lorenz won the Physics Department’s Teaching Prize, which is awarded to students and doctoral candidates for exemplary tutorial guidance. She not only talks about how to "translate" research in an understandable way, but also demonstrates it using her own current research in biophysics as an example. Read more

What's the Latest in Göttingen?

Art District – A District Becomes Whole
What about art in the "city that creates knowledge"? For some years now, the city of Göttingen has been pursuing the idea of creating an art district. In the historic city centre between Düsterer Straße and Nikolaistraße the district - "KuQua" (from KunstQuartier) for short - is to be created. The district has always been characterized by craftsmanship, but in recent years it has developed into a creative "nucleus". Gerhard Steidl, publisher for Karl Lagerfeld, Günter Grass, Bryan Adams and other big names, is the initiator of the project. Read more in German

How Can I Get Involved?

We would like to cordially invite you to share about your experience, ‘know-how’ and successes with your university Alma Mater (Göttingen!) and with today's generation of students. Whether with your personal story, a lecture, a workshop, as a mentor or with a donation - the possibilities are numerous. Learn more in German

Cooperation with the University
The Office of Cooperation and Innovation is the central contact point for joint activities between the University of Göttingen and its networks. Find out more about the fields of work and services - if you are interested in in getting involved or have questions, our staff will be happy to help you.

Our Upcoming Alumni Events

All events at the University can be found in the University's Event Calendar.

Not yet a member of the Göttingen Alumni Community e.V.?

As a member of the Association you are an official member of the University and receive a membership card. The annual contribution of 30 Euros strengthens us in creating a lively alumni network for you and all Alumni. Change your membership status now on your profile on

P.S. Do you have photos of memories at the former Blue Note stored digitally, or in an album or box? We would be delighted if you would send them to by Sept. 15, 2019 so that we can revive those memories with everyone on October 25 – the eve of Alumni Day.

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