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Room for wild ideas On 1 March 2013, DTU opened the doors to DTU Innovatorium, a new area where students can put their innovation and entrepreneurship to the test. Workshops, offices, a showroom and lounge area have all been purpose built to create a haven for students with projects which, in short, turn theory into practice. For the students by the students “We want to create a flexible space, where students can meet, get inspired, share ideas and create prototypes. The aim is to encourage a culture of interaction and applying knowledge to generate solutions for own PHOTOS STAMERS KONTOR DTU Innovatorium has wood, metal and electronic workshops as well as welding equipment and a 3D printer. DTU Innovatorium is a wonderful facility where students like me can network and develop our own innovative ideas. DTU Innovatorium will work as a catalyst for students who really want to push the envelope.” Claus Gundersen, 2nd year student, BEng Civil Engineering. Stardust-DTU Stardust-DTU is an entrepreneurial organization and network for students at DTU. The organization is nonprofit and focuses on promoting an entrepreneurial and innovative environment for students through events and workshops—all free of charge. Stardust-DTU has the sole purpose of encouraging and providing knowledge for entrepreneurial students. companies or in collaboration with existing companies,” says Marianne Thellersen, Senior Vice Present and Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, who goes on to say: “DTU Innovatorium is for the students by the students. A group of students have been a driving force in designing the Innovatorium and the place will develop together with the interests of the students. At present the Innovatorium is filled with students, who work on their own start-up ideas or on curriculum-related projects, and a few innovation courses are taught there. There are frequent events and workshops with focus on innovative and entrepreneurial competences, and companies can post their projects on the wall of opportunities, where students can respond to the challenges. It is mainly used by SMEs.” The development of the concept is the result of close collaboration between the student association Polyteknisk Forening (PF) and Stardust-DTU (see box). Tore Vind Jensen ! Further information Marianne Thellersen, Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, mthel@adm.dtu.dk 21 DTU in profile 2013 S TUDEN T INNO VAT ION


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