We start ahead of the game: Others advise business models. We advise people. We look at every detail in depth with the goal that innovators and founders can make informed and self-determined decisions. We’re there before you launch – from the first step to the next.

Others advise business models. We advise people. Our approach is comprehensive and goal-oriented, so that you can make informed self-determined decisions. We are there in the earliest stages and support you throughout – from the first step to the next.

High Tech Hotspot Germany

We are on our way to becoming the Deep Tech Valley of Germany: With the clear goal of facilitating our students and researchers on the path to breakthrough and showing the world: Tech innovation comes from Darmstadt.

Top 3 tech start-up locations in Germany.
Strong in deep-tech and high-tech innovations.
Hesse’s leading university in terms of spin-offs and IP.
More than 30,000 students and researchers.

HIGHEST is a connector

First and foremost, HIGHEST is an advisor. But also a connector and facilitator. Your companion. A link between science and business. From the early phase of your project to support, foundation and champagne on campus.



HIGHEST network

HIGHEST is consultant, connector and enabler. A link between science and business. From the early stage to patents, start-up – and beyond.  For students and researchers, as well as for innovation powered companies.


founderXchange – Gründungsstammtisch des Darmstädter Ökosystems

foundersXchange – der Darmstädter Gründungsstammtisch initiiert von HIGHEST.

High up early on.

When did Noah build the ark? Before the storm. HIGHEST also starts as early as possible with raising awareness and advising students and researchers. So that they have at their disposal what is probably the most valuable thing that young innovators can have: Options.

Shoulder to shoulder

HIGHEST advises on an equal footing, not via e-mail or hotline. Personally and directly on campus. If researchers and students are to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives, trust is essential. And of course our personal presence.

Vision of TU Darmstadt: xchange4Transformation

We are in what is probably the most exciting innovation decade in history. Technology is evolving so rapidly, so disruptively, that science must respond to societal challenges. To upheavals in companies and even democracy and politics. TU Darmstadt has developed the xchange strategy to establish this highly relevant ability. The strategy is led by Vice President Professor Jens Schneider.

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Through xchange, we play an important part in the success of fundamental transformation processes.
Together with our partners, we are developing an effective and diverse innovation ecosystem.
This is how we can ensure better lives for present and future generations.
We firmly believe that we can only find answers to the most pressing global challenges of our time with xchange together with our partners from science, civil society, business, politics and culture.

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