Part of PIER’s mission is to promote innovation within the thematic scope of the PIER research fields. In the name of DESY and Universität Hamburg, PIER seeks to establish an innovation-friendly culture on the science campus in Hamburg Bahrenfeld and to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among its researchers. To this end, PIER engages in a variety of activities, e.g. the organization of workshops and coachings, presentations of best practice etc.

Upcoming events and activities

DESY Gründer-Kolloquium (Entrepreneurship Colloquium)

As part of the inauguration of the DESY Innovation Village on 14 February 2019, DESY organizes a "Gründer Colloquium" (Entrepreneurship Colloquium) open to all researchers on campus who are interested in startup topics. Workshops, talks, best-practice forums, and consulting services are part of the program. An informal get-together with snacks and refreshments after the sessions offers the chance to get into contact with entrepreneurs, experts and fellow researchers.

For a detailed program overview and registration, please visit

As the number of slots are limited, please make sure to register soon. Registration will close on 8 February 2019.

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PIER Innovation Lunch Talks: The Ideal Startup Team: Does It Really Exist?
Hanno Kellner (Wirtschafts-Senioren-Beraten e.V.)

Successful startups rely not only on smart business ideas but also on the people behind them. But is there really something like the ideal startup team? And if yes, what does it look like? These and other questions will be answered by Hanno Kellner of Wirtschafts-Senioren-Beraten e.V. during the next PIER Innovation Lunch Talk. Join us for a get-together after the talk, discuss further questions with the speaker and meet like-minded fellow researchers. Free refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Date & Venue
21 February 2019,12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Campus Bahrenfeld, CFEL, SR1

To facilitate our planning, please register by email ( until 15 February 2019.

Past events and activities

Starting and Running a Hardware-based Start-Up (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 22 November 2018
What Does the Perfect Pitch Look Like? (PIER Innovation Lunch Talks), 25 October 2018
Startup Knowledge - How to Apply for a Bank Loan (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 27 September 2018
Hidden Assumptions and Typical Pitfalls When Founding in Tech (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 25 June 2018
Business Plan, Business Model Canvas and Pitch (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 24 May 2018
Starting a Company in the Life Sciences (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 19 April 2018
Business meets Physics, 16 April 2018
Inventions and Patents (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 22 March 2018
Starting a Tech Company (PIER Innovation Lunch Talk), 22 February 2018
PIER Start-Up Workshop, 8 December 2017
PIER Innovation Day, 17-18 March 2016
PIER Talk, 22 June 2015
PIER Innovation Workshop, 22 May 2014


Dr. Marion Stange
Building 61
Room 118c
+49 40 8998 5501 Tel.:+49 40 8998 5501

Consulting and support at DESY and Universität Hamburg


DESY Innovation and Technology Transfer (ITT)
Consulting and support for DESY employees regarding spin-offs, patents and commercialization. Read more...

Universität Hamburg Knowledge and Technology Transfer
Consulting and support for Universität Hamburg students and employees regarding start-ups and knowledge and technology transfer. Read more...


Events of other institutions


In die Selbstständigkeit starten 22 February 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Kreativgesellschaft, Stockmeyerstr. 41-43, 20457 Hamburg

Science to Data Science 26 February, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tchibo Überseering 18, 22297 Hamburg

ZAL Innovation Days 2019 27 - 28 February 2019, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research, Hein-Sass-Weg 22, 21129 Hamburg

Gründertreffen XXV. 28 Februar 2019, 6:30 p.m. Treffen junger Startup-Gründer, Motel One, Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 26, Hamburg

Masterclass - elevator Pitch 14 March 2019, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. WeWork Hanse Forum, Axel-Springer-Platz 3, 20355, Hamburg

Modern Application Deployment Day 15 March 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Gasstraße 6a, 22761 Hamburg