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Facts & Achievements

The University of Freiburg is one of the most innovative universities at the regional, national, and now also the international level. In the 2017 edition of the renowned Thomson-Reuters Innovation Ranking 2017, Freiburg is ranked as the 24th most innovative university in Europe. We are an important dialogue partner for leaders in the private and public sector and help pave the way for many successful inventions.

Among the Three Universities with the Most Patent Filings

The University of Freiburg files around 70 patent applications per year, making it one of the higher education institutions with the most patent filings in Germany. Altogether, the university holds 1680 active patents and around 150 active license agreements.

A Rising Star in Venture Development

The 2016 edition of Germany’s “Startup Radar” confirms that no other university in the country has managed such an upswing in recent years with regard to support for startups. The University of Freiburg now occupies fourth place among large universities (> 15,000 students). This achievement was made possible by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s support program “EXIST – Culture of Entrepreneurship: University-Based Start-Ups”.

A New Startup Every Two Months

The university’s Founders’ Office can look back on 18 years of experience advising and coaching aspiring entrepreneurs. It helped 22 spin-off companies get off the ground last year alone. With the startup association Campus Technologies Oberrhein, the university also offers professional venture development advising at the Universities of Offenburg and Furtwangen.


Vice-President for Research and Innovation

Prof. Dr. Stefan Rensing

Contact Information

Anh Nhi Dao
+49 761 203-96880

Kristin Schuble
Phone: +49 761 203-4397
Fax: +49 761 203-8866