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.

Photo Workshop Participant

"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:


Photograph: Young Entrepreneurs in Science

PIER is pleased to announce the upcoming Workshop “From Potential to Prototype” organized by the Young Entrepreneurs in Science program (YES) in cooperation with PIER on 20 May 2022, 9 am - 5 pm (via Zoom). Read more...

Startup Photo

PIER is pleased to announce its next PIER Start-Up Workshop “Business Modeling” for early stage researchers (PhD students and Postdocs), taking place on 01 September 2022. Read more....

Regular PIER Innovation and Startup Events:

Photograph: Matej Kastelic on Fotolia

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)

Open House 06 September 2022, 5 - 6 pm (beyourpilot Open House, remote event)

Business Development 06 September, 3 - 5 pm (beyourpilot Gründungstoolbox, remote event)

Startup to go 13 September 2022, 9 - 11 am (beyourpilot startup morning-walk, Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club, Alsterufer 21)

Events of other institutions

Design Thinking Process 21 July 2022, 9 am - 5 pm (YES remote workshop)

From Potential to Pitch 21 - 22 July 2022, 9 am - 5 pm (YES remote workshop)