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Optics giant Zeiss breaks ground on innovation campus with plans for university collaborations

By David Schwartz
Published: April 10th, 2018

German optics giant Zeiss has broken ground on a new innovation and start-up campus in Karlsruhe that the company describes as a “new space for carve-outs and greater collaboration between business and academia.”

The €30 million center will be based at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and will also become the new headquarters for Nanoscribe, a KIT spinout that develops high-precision lithography equipment.

Zeiss will also move some of its innovation efforts into the new building, said its CEO Michael Kaschke. “We aim to use the Zeiss Innovation Hub @ KIT to expand our more than ten-year partnership with KIT… We want to offer creative, bright, technologically minded graduates room to develop their ideas and projects and take advantage of career prospects at Zeiss,” he commented.

Enterprising KIT staff and students are expected to rent space in the new building to develop their start-ups, said KIT President Holger Hanselka. “The Hub offers our carve-outs the space to quickly turn their innovative ideas and current research findings into market-ready products that benefit both society and businesses,” he said. “At the same time, it offers our graduates exciting prospects” as potential Zeiss employees.

The hub will feature office space, meeting areas, laboratories, and production facilities. Zeiss says it will cover construction and operating costs.


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