We realize a vivid and broad partner network of world-class innovators. Long-term cooperation with companies from the producing industry is the driving force behind our success.
At the same time, we see ourselves as a neutral first point of contact when it comes to finding contact persons for specific technological questions on the RWTH Aachen Campus and to putting them in touch with cooperation partners. We are anxious to expand the innovation ecosystem of Aachen in the sense of an Innovation Factory in the future and thus further increase the innovation productivity of many companies. We are conservative in our approach and unconventional in our approach – this is both our claim and our self-image: conservative with regard to the quality of our work, unconventional with regard to the nature of our cooperation and approach. Our project teams consist of employees from the four initiators of the INC Invention Center. Our project managers are highly trained in agile methods and have practical experience and expertise from numerous assignments in industrial projects.
KEX Knowledge Exchange AG is a professional service provider of technology and market information. The enterprise channels more than 20 years of experience from institutes of different subject areas in Aachen in information research, evaluation and interpretation. Smart knowledge management systems and extensive connections to exclusive information sources as well as to a unique network of experts facilitate effective scanning, scouting and monitoring of technologies and markets. With demand-specific provision of information KEX supports entrepreneurial decisions – from identifying market relevant technologies through observation of markets, competitors and M&A candidates to identifying new markets.
The Fraunhofer IPT develops new solutions and optimizes existing ones for the modern manufacturing plant on behalf of its clients. The mission of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT is to carry out application and industry oriented research and development for companies across all manufacturing sectors. The results of our work are immediately and directly implemented within the day-to-day practice of our customers. Our focus extends from automotive suppliers through aerospace, precision mechanics and optical industries to machine tool construction.
The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of the RWTH Aachen conducts fundamental research as well as responding to the demands of industry via specialized research and consultation projects and develops innovative, hard-wearing solutions for securing successful company development. The goal – to address and resolve the whole spectrum of production technological questions under one roof- has generated an environment which fosters a broad field of activity, including strategic innovation, production and quality management as well as control, machine, manufacturing and measuring technology.
TIME stands for technology, innovation, marketing and entrepreneurship. Members of the research area follow an ambitious teaching and research program with a clear focus on conception, development and commercialization of technological innovation. The mutual goal is to provide scientists, practitioners and students with valuable, empirical findings for questions relating to concept, development, design, commercialization and the continuous optimization of new products, services and business models within established and new organizations. By channeling the expertise and experience of the chairs, the TIME Research Area offers a unique mix of knowledge, global networks and practical application and transfer experience.
Toni is founder, engineer, consultant and CEO. Worldwide, he finds new approaches, strategies and methods from technology and innovation management and shares his knowledge with the INC Invention Center network. He serves both corporations and medium-sized companies in implementing their innovation strategy.
Susanne feels at home in technology management. For the INC, she puts her theoretical approaches into practice with passion and dedication. Many years of experience as a consultant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) and at KEX AG have made her a sparring partner who is known for her competence in analysis and solutions.
Bastian’s passion is for science and practice. As a consultant and research associate in technology management at the Fraunhofer IPT, he develops new methods and innovation-approaches for industrial partners in various industries. Bastian inspires the members of the INC community with his fresh impulses and his sound, methodical knowledge.
Bea is a student with a hands-on mentality. She always has an open ear and quickly finds solutions for the big and small challenges in our network. She is committed to making the network exciting and lively.
Since 2002, Günther Schuh has held the Chair of Production Systems at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University as well as a member of the Board of Directors and Head of the Technology Management Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT. He is also Director of the Research Institute for Rationalization (FIR eV) at the RWTH Aachen University. Since 2009, he heads the RWTH Aachen Campus.
Research areas: Production Systematics, Innovation Management, Production Management, Corporate Development, Factory Planning.
Since March 2007, Frank Piller has held the Chair of Technology and Innovation Management at the RWTH Aachen.
Research areas: Interfaces in the innovation process (open innovation and cocreation), management of discontinuous innovations, technology transfer and technology procurement, customer-centered value creation strategy, in particular mass customization.
Since October 2003, Malte Brettel has held the Chair of economics for engineers and natural scientists and manages the business incubator at RWTH Aachen University. He is also vice rector of RWTH Aachen University.
Research areas: Entrepreneurship, development of new business in young and establishes companies, Entrepreneurial Finance and Controlling, Entrepreneurial Marketing.
Stefanie Paluch holds the Chair of Service and Technology Marketing at RWTH Aachen University.
Research areas: Acceptance of technology-intensive services (remote services/smart technologies), marketing of innovative services and new technologies, social media marketing, marketing in a business-to-business context.