ATNA and “The Path to Entrepreneurial Universities”
On Thursday, March 7th 2019, the German Jordanian University (GJU) near Amman launched its Topic of the Year 2019 “Ideate Invent & Innovate”, in the Kick-off event “The Path to Entrepreneurial Universities”. André Schmidt and Thomas Müller of ATNA Industrial Solutions were invited by the GJU to introduce the company’s portfolio and the influence of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg as well as other partners like Saxeed on their early challenges.
In addition to the three start-ups from Germany (BlackForest Solutions GmbH, Schlemmerdepot and ATNA Industrial Solutions GmbH) and the three start-ups from Jordan, the event was attended by the president of GJU Prof. Manar Fayyad, Vice Presidents Prof. Atef Kharabsheh, Prof. Dorit Schumann and other experts in the field of Entrepreneurship from Germany and Jordan.
After the presentation of the start-ups a second panel discussion took place, with André Schmidt as one of the speakers. They discussed how entrepreneurship can be taught at universities and how the speakers often challenging but promising way of becoming an entrepreneur was influenced by the university.
The ATNA Industrial Solutions GmbH is a spin-off of the Institute of Thermal-, Environmental- and Resources' Process Engineering (ITUN) at TU Bergakademie Freiberg in the current EXIST research transfer project “EVA”. In laboratory-scale investigations the compression behaviour of wood chips, fermentation residues, brown coal and steel curls was determined. As a result of those investigations the parameter sets for maximisation of the briquette quality as well as important information for the design and the construction for the adaption of the new briquetting press to the various raw materials were achieved. In briquetting tests at the demonstrator of the new developed briquetting press it was proven that the scale up of the briquetting is possible from laboratory to demonstrator scale without any adaption of the briquetting parameters.
Further informations on the German start-ups: