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.

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"These events help me plan my future career […], and were also great fun. I think the Startup Bootcamp is particularly useful for researchers seriously planning to leave academia and start a company, however, it may be too much for people that are just interested in non-academic paths. For those I would highly recommend the Innovation lunch talks."
- Vadim, workshop participant

Upcoming Events and Activities:

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PIER is pleased to announce its next PIER Startup Workshop “Finance and Funding for Startups” for early stage researchers (PhD students and Postdocs), taking place remotely (via Zoom) on 10 December 2021. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to sound financial planning methods for startup projects and learn how they can transfer their own business ideas or research results into different financial frameworks. The workshop offers a mix of theoretical input as well as creative and practical group exercises, which encourage the participants to think and act like entrepreneurs when drafting their financial plans, statements and records.

The workshop will be facilitated by Andreas Voss (Concis Group! & People & Friends).

Online Workshop: PIER Startup Bootcamp V: Finance and Funding for Startups
Date: 10 December 2021, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Venue: online (required software: to participate in the virtual workshop; for individual & group exercises)

Registration is open until 6 December 2021:

As the number of participants is limited, early registration is strongly recommended. Members of DESY and Universität Hamburg will be given preference.

Regular PIER Innovation and Startup Events:

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PIER Innovation Lunch Talks take place several times each year at Bahrenfeld Campus. PIER invites entrepreneurs, business and legal experts to give practical insight into different aspects of innovation, technology transfer and business startup. Read more...

PIER Startup Bootcamp is a series of five startup workshops that PIER offers on a regular yearly basis. Focusing on different stages on the way to business startup, the workshops provide early-career researchers interested in founding their own company with the necessary knowledge, skills and techniques. Read more...

Photograph: Marta Mayer/ DESY

Interested in past PIER Innovation events?


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...

DESY and Universität Hamburg offer consulting services for knowledge-based start-ups also via the digital interaction platform "beyourpilot". Read more...

Digital start-up consultation
Digital start-up consultation

Advice without a mask and without having to draw a number: Come to the digital start-up consultation organised by beyourpilot, every Tuesday 3 - 5 pm and every Thursday from 11 am - 1 pm! Experts from HAW Hamburg, Universität Hamburg, TU Hamburg and DESY are there to answer your first questions around the startup topics in German and in English. Join the consultation

Events of DESY and Universität Hamburg (incl. beyourpilot)


Inside Startups 25 November 2021, 5 - 6:30 pm (beyourpilot remote event series)

Gründungstoolbox: Ideation 7 December 2021, 3 - 5 pm (beyourpilot remote workshop)

beyourpilot Open House 7 December 2021, 5 - 6 pm (beyourpilot open house)

Events of other institutions


From Potetntial to Prototype 23 November 2021 (Young Entrepreneurs in Science remote workshop)

Finanzierung: Gründungsideen 24 November 2021, 5:45 - 7:15 pm (startup port remote lecture)

From PhD to Innovator 25 - 26 November 2021 (Young Entrepreneurs in Science remote workshop)

Startup, and Make It Social 30 November 2021 (Young Entrepreneurs in Science webinar)