About us

Florian Abriel

organizes the competition
Mail: abriel@witeno.de

Lia Mertens

will be back soon

Dr. Heinrich Cuypers

Head of the ZFF Foundation Consultancy
Mail: cuypersh@uni-greifswald.de

Our service

The UNIQUE ideas competition at the research location Greifswald was organized for the first time in 2006. It is part of the state-wide project “inspired – the ideas competition. In MV.”, which is financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) on behalf of the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Health. Participants are supported from the brainstorming stage through business model development to the establishment of a company. In recent years, more than 120 teams of researchers and students have developed start-up concepts, resulting in more than 30 companies in various fields.

Since 2020, UNIQUE has been implemented by WITENO GmbH in close cooperation with the University of Greifswald and jointly with the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Research and Technology e.V. (INP) Greifswald, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Partial Institute Greifswald, as well as the Friedrich Löffler Institute, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Insel Riems.

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You want to reach high? We are happy to assist you in this. We advise founders as well as entrepreneurs who want to develop their company further. We accompany innovations from their creation to their implementation. Our experience lies particularly in the area of innovative, technology-oriented or knowledge-based projects. Our industry focus is on life sciences and healthcare, plasma applications, energy and environment, as well as IT and digitalization issues.

If you intend to use funding as an incentive for your development, we are happy to assist in the acquisition of funding. Our team has extensive experience in the implementation of regional, national and international funding projects.


The Center for Research Funding and Transfer researches funding opportunities for research ideas, offers support and guidance in the application process from the initial idea to submission, and provides individual career development support for young scientists. In addition, it is the central coordination and consulting office for all start-up issues at the University of Greifswald. The start-up office of the ZFF supports students, graduates as well as employees in the topic of business start-up through coaching, consulting, networking and EXIST funding.

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