GründerCampus Ruhr: One step to self-employment
Whitewater wins with sustainable clothing
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Successful idea: The two students Lukas Böhm and Crispin Müller won the contest with the idea of creating t-shirts out of sustainable materials. Foto: GründerCampus Ruhr
Successful idea: The two students Lukas Böhm and Crispin Müller won the contest with the idea of creating t-shirts out of sustainable materials.

At Ruhr-University, the “GründerCampus Ruhr” is the interface between University and entrepreneurship. It aims to sensitise students for business purposes. In 2016’s competition of ideas, the two students Lukas Böhm and Crispin Müller won the contest with the idea of creating t-shirts made of sustainable materials. The €1,000 prize money is a good float “to grow slowly and stay fair”, said Böhm.

Germany – home of the poets: Is it not only home to thinkers but also to tinkers? While the United States had already created the Silicon Valley at the beginning of the 1950s – nowadays a significant business location for information technology and the biggest think tank of the world – Germany’s start-up scene may be associated with Berlin-Mitte. However, in reality start-ups pop up all over Germany. “The aim of GründerCampus Ruhr is to sensitise students for entrepreneurship.“ The annual “Ideenwettbewerb” is an important component, says Karl Grosse, CEO of Rubitec GmbH, the technology transfer company of the Ruhr-University Bochum. 

From University to Entrepreneurship

The jury consisting of scientists and economists have chosen Böhm’s and Müller’s team whitewater as the prizewinner for 2016 because according to Grosse “it shows that sustainable fashion is not only ecoconscious and socially produced but also modern. The second place went to Denis Lehr (functional t-shirts toalleviate back paints) followed by Sergej Markmann (efficient and cheap teraherz antenna). Within the competition, the competitors have to advance their ideas to a business model.  
:Tim Schwermer