The best quality a consultant can have is curiosity! Our experts for innovative potential, start-ups and intellectual property love to share their experience with you. But above all, they share your enthusiasm and fascination for innovative and disruptive ideas and technologies. Get in touch with HIGHEST. And you will have much more than a team of consultants by your side. You will have companions for your path.
Where to begin?
Well, right where you are! Since our expertise and services are incredibly diverse, we are able to pick up right where you are. In every phase of your start-up, in transferring your research result, we have the perfect consultant for you: IP protection, funding, development of business ideas or models, or getting you in touch with suitable business partners. Whatever your endeavors may be, we are here to help and stand right by your side.
IP & Patents
First step: Next step.
Students and researchers who get in touch with us usually are driven by two things. A promising research result or business idea and a pressing question: “Now what?”
The answer to that is just around the corner. Find HIGHEST right on campus for your personal consulting session that will help you prioritize and carefully navigate through your first and next steps. In order to best support you in this, we developed HIBS – a method that shines a light on your big picture and shows what is still missing.
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IP und Patents
From plan to reality
Most students and researchers know when they’re on to something. But it gets really interesting when they are ready to make something happen.
HIGHEST is right in the middle of this creative and innovative phase, as an incubator for innovation and startups at TU Darmstadt. Whenever a plan is supposed to become a reality, intention has to meet information. HIGHEST provides just that. Get in touch for a free, discrete, and confidential meeting to learn everything from developing business models all the way up to finding a suitable investor.
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Starting your start-up
Out of the university, into your own business. Researcher becomes entrepreneur of the year. What seems to sound so simple, so tempting, feels more like pulling a train – for the one doing it. With the biggest roadblock being: money!
Start-ups need suitable funding that actually fits their needs and checks the right boxes. HIGHEST helps you get your funding off the ground by guiding you to the best suiting programs, and showing you the most promising routes to receiving.
Don’t hesitate to talk to our experts and learn about your options.
Protect your research results and knowledge
In the beginning, no one knows how relevant and groundbreaking your work could be. What we do know: these results of your research, are your intellectual property, and they need protecting. In doing so, you open a variety of options for your future endeavors like spin-offs, funding, or industry partnerships.
How would you go about doing that? That’s where HIGHEST comes into play to support you in the process:
Technical idea or problem solution
Computer program, source code or algorithm
Word creation or domain name
Research result, data (banks)
Hardware (z.B. Prototyp)
Scientific study (Unpublished)
What is your IP and what is it worth?
That is exactly what we have to find out. And since the value of the work results is individual, so is our advice. Together we look at essential parameters (such as novelty value, unique selling proposition, potential competition and market potential) and thus help with clarity and certainty.
By the way: HIGHEST also benefits proportionally from the IP of the founders and researchers. Not in order to enrich itself. But to be able to continue to offer counselling independently of external funding. In addition, we use it to finance the costs of the patent application.
Head of IP-Services
Kommissarische Leitung IP-Services
Made by HIGHEST.
Efficient, easy to understand, and with your vision in mind. That is how we like to consult clients. In order to accomplish just that, HIGHEST advanced the classical canvas into its own method of developing business models: HIBS©.
You came up with a genius invention, but you’re lacking the big picture? The result of your research project is groundbreaking, but you don’t know a market for it? Sounds like you could benefit from a system that is designed to fill in the gaps. We call it HIBS, a method that highlights what is missing, what your most valuable next step could be and what you have covered this far. Not only an important kind of business canvas but also the basis for our consulting.
Feel free to get in touch and get help with your very own HIBS.HIBS-BusinessmodelVorlage_mit_Anleitung_neu
Start-up. Stay up.
Paperwork is done! Congrats, you’re an entrepreneur! But please, don’t pop the cork just yet. The thing you just launched? Well, it now has to reach the sky. Something we know a thing or two about.
HIGHEST’s client list shows a remarkable amount of businesses that broke through the “3 year anniversary” ceiling. Now, why is that? Well, we like to think of ourselves as the connecting tissue between science and business. As a unique group of people who know extremely well what you (students and researchers) are capable of and what the industry needs. And lastly, as business owners ourselves, we know which steps are necessary to get you into orbit.
But since talk is cheap, we let our numbers do the talking.
Next chapter: Research transfer.
You know better than anyone: Research is never “done”. There’s always more to learn, more to discover. Only question is: Who pays for the research?
Our answer: Get in touch for support in all aspects of applying for funding
HIGHEST unterstützt Sie bei Ihrem detaillierten schriftlichen Ansuchen auf Bewilligung Ihres Forschungsvorhabens, beziehungsweise auf Bewilligung von Geldern für ein solches Vorhaben.
Man sagt „Gut Ding will Weile haben.“ Von Geld spricht dabei niemand. Und wir können uns wenig vorstellen, das frustrierender wäre, als einer heißen Spur auf der Fährte zu sein … und nicht die Mittel zu haben, sie zu erforschen.
Wir sind Berater. Aber auch wir sind neugierig! Sind begeistert – von Innovationen und Forschungsergebnissen. Deshalb legen wir großen Wert auf gute Anträge und helfen Ihnen bei dem schriftlichen Ansuchen auf Finanzierung und legen sie in hoffentlich (be)willige(nde) Hände.Erfindungsmeldung TU Darmstadt
Make it to market
To make the best decision possible and make it to market, you need to know all angles and options and understand them well. Why choose A or B when you have a whole alphabet to choose from?
To aid you in exploring this world of possibilities, Darmstadt’s best consulting team in terms of commercialization strategies is right next door, here on the campus. Shoot us a quick e-mail or visit us to learn what would be a perfect fit for you.
Steady, go, ready!
All done – before even getting started. Good to go into the market! That’s the mental image most students and entrepreneurs have at the TU Darmstadt (and beyond). But you can’t learn to swim on the beach. One way or another, you will have to get your feet wet.
What makes HIGHEST so special: We focus on just that. On wet feet (metaphorically speaking). Consulting in the very early stages, all while keeping a keen eye on your big picture, is what we do. Like this:
Funding is half the battle.
The best research result or ground-breaking idea isn’t worth much – unless you have funding. But where to get it? The simple answer: programs!
How to find the right one and, more importantly, how to apply and succeed is not worth racking your brain over. We’ve done just that hundreds of times and would love for you to benefit from our experiences. From selection to application to approval.Get in touch
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Information and consulting
The Hessen idea scholarship
Funding and acceleration. That’s the Hessen idea scholarship in short. Students and graduates of TU Darmstadt are eligible to apply twice a year – for a 6-month program – while they work on their business idea.
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Validation phases – also known as “valley of death” – are rarely blessed with sufficient funding. When the risk is simply too big, investors shy away and brilliant ideas waste away in a drawer somewhere.
This is why validation is absolutely essential and can be your catapult into the market. It minimizes risk for investors and gives promising ideas a chance to be funded and realized.Get in touch
EXIST – the founder’s scholarship
More technology and knowledge-based start-ups. That is one of the goals of EXIST. To promote this, aside from funding, the EXIST program organizes research facilities and provides expertise.Get in touch
Especially in the life science sector, jumping from research to marketability is risky. Long development stretches and high cost of research are responsible for entrepreneurs not even attempting to hop. This is where GO-BIO comes in, and in early stages, too! It provides a certain financial flexibility and gives promising ideas a fighting chance.
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StartUpSecure I Athene
This program has a two-pronged support plan for founders in the IT security field:
- Checking the technical feasibility of an idea and developing it for the market.
- Transfer into the market, trial of utilization scenarios, and realization of the business model.
For these two models, the StartUpSecure team are the right people to answer all questions about making a promising application for funding.Zu StartUpSecure I Athene
Research and development need funding. And since digital innovation is especially complex and extensive, Distr@l created four different lines of funding:
- feasibility studies
- digital innovation projects
- knowledge and transfer projects
- funding and validation/growth
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