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The Institute for Strategic Innovation and Technology Management is the competence center for innovation and strategy. Research focuses on Strategic Transformation, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Startups, Ambidextrie, Agility and Digitalization.

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The start-up consultation Kilometer1 is affiliated to the University of Applied Sciences Konstanz at the IST Institute. Its mission is to strengthen the spirit and culture of entrepreneurship at both universities and to help you realize and implement your ideas.

It doesn't matter whether you're already looking to start a business or would like to find out more about founding a company - Kilometer1 is the right place for you!

We will keep you up to date on the latest events and events around the topic of foundation and also serve as a platform so that you have the opportunity to network with other people interested in foundation.

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Start-ups and Growth Companies from our Start-Up Funding

The IST Institute is the central point of contact for all those interested in founding a company and all founders with concrete questions regarding strategic orientation or the right financing (e.g. Exist, EXI vouchers, etc.) and helps with the preparation of a business plan or the mediation of relevant contacts. By individual and continuous coaching of establishments and growth enterprises the IST Institut contributed thereby already to some mad success stories!

  • UNISPHERE – Flight Management for Drones in the Stratosphere

    UNISPHERE is a start-up company founded in 2017 by Christoph Schlettig and Michael Anger with its headquarters in Gilching, Germany. UNISPHERE is engaged in the development, sales and flight operations of solar-powered drones and all related activities. This includes consulting and engineering services in the field of aerospace technology as well as the training and further education of personnel for the operation of solar-powered drones. The preferred areas of application for solar-powered drones are the monitoring of the environment, border areas and natural disasters, as well as the spread of broadband Internet and communication in emergency operations.

    Designed as a flight management platform, UNISPHERE combines solar-powered drones, flight management services and expertise in unlimited flights. For this, the start-up relies on the knowledge of SOLARIMPULS, in which the two founders contributed as Flight Director to the successful first circumnavigation of the world of a purely solar-powered aircraft. During the 6 years at SOLARIMPULS, Christoph Schlettig and Michael Anger were able to build up sufficient competences in aerospace engineering, feasibility studies and simulations. This enables UNISPHERE customers to perform safe and efficient flight operations as well as integration into air traffic management.

    The flight management platform offers the following services to customers:

    • A centralized checkpoint for worldwide coordination of versatile HAPS (High Altitude Platform Station)
    • Cooperation with aeronautical authorities, national units and air traffic control authorities 
    • Customer-specific flight profiles and IT solutions for data interfaces 
    • Start, recovery and maintenance of HAPS

    UNISPHERE is supported by the financing program INVEST of the BMWI (German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy) and is part of the ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria. The IST Institute supports the UNISPHERE team in the area of strategy through Dr.-Ing. Guido H. Baltes and in business development through Christoph Selig.

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  • fruitcore - Highly Optimized Robotic Systems Technology

    Founded in 2017, fruitcore from Constance is engaged in the development, production and sale of innovative robot systems. fruitcore combines competences in the fields of design, production, electronics and software development. As the winner of the Weconomy competition, fruitcore is one of the most innovative start-ups in Germany.

    fruitcore has set itself the goal of launching its HORST industrial robot on the market in 2018. HORST stands for Highly Optimized Robotic Systems Technology and is characterized by innovative kinematics, networking with the environment, durability and intuitive operation. With HORST, customers will find it easier to implement their automation projects using app programming, 3D visualization of customer applications and data transparency.

    fruitcore sees itself as a system provider. The company therefore develops accessories such as tables, grippers, safety and protective devices to fit the robot. As a system provider, fruitcore also performs engineering activities in the form of requirements analysis, consulting, design and development and, if necessary, the manufacture of the necessary components.

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  • WeightWorks engineering – Lightweight Construction Development and Products for Motorsports

    WeightWorks Engineering from Allensbach on Lake Constance has dedicated itself to lightweight construction and, in addition to tailor-made vehicle components made of fibre-reinforced composites, also offers solutions for all aspects of power supply.

    With "RapidVacMold", WeightWorks engineering has developed a mould making process with which negative moulds can be produced quickly, cost-effectively and flexibly and almost any initial mould made of forged, cast or plastic can be copied in fibre composite.
    The process can be used to produce both (very) small series and prototypes. In addition, WeightWorks Engineering examines how its customers' products can be replaced by lightweight fiber composite components to optimize their efficiency and performance.
    WeightWorks Engineering also sees itself as a development service provider. The company develops ideas, plans processes from the first sketch to the finished component and advises companies on the economic use of CFRP components.  
    In the field of engineering, WeightWorks Engineering develops products, creates simulations and scans any geometry (2D / 3D scan). The product portfolio also includes the construction of prototypes and master models using 3D printing and CNC machines.

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  • Creatisto – Individual Living and Tile Foils

    Individuality made in Constance

    Creatisto designs and develops premium design films for furniture, tiles and electrical appliances. With the individual high-performance films and the IT-supported, automated production and logistics services of creatisto, end customers as well as manufacturers and retailers can individualize different products: from one-off production to small series to mass products, with their own motifs or specially developed designs on request. 

    In the end customer segment creatisto offers numerous films for many common IKEA furniture. The UV-resistant film is a high-quality decorative film, ideal for use by DIY do-it-yourselfers. Creatisto also offers an online configurator that can be used to print self-adhesive films with your own motifs.

    For business customers, the company sees itself as a partner for mass customization and product refinement, corporate design and corporate identity, indoor and outdoor advertising and surface design.

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M.Eng. Nicolai Heinzelmann

Corporate Entrepreneurship, Corporate Entrepreneurship Portfolios

M.Eng. Christoph Selig

Corporate Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship, Corporate Entrepreneur, Corporate Venturing

M.Sc. Christina Ungerer

Technology Based Ventures, New Technology-based Firms, Tech-based Entrepreneurship

M.A. Katinka Weber

Project Employee Kilometer1