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About Burg Giebichenstein's Start-Up Centre

Designhaus Halle is the start-up centre of Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. It supports university spin-offs and other start-ups in different design-related industries, applied arts and other fields within the creative industries, and offers office space at affordable prices combined with optimal start-up conditions in the interdisciplinary environment of Campus Design.

Designhaus Halle brings together design and business, art and market, teaching and professional life. It helps students as they transfer from Burg Giebichenstein university to professional life.

The Designhaus has a career service that provides advice for students and graduates to support start-ups or help them during their first career steps, whether as a freelancer or as an employee. The Designhaus also offers professional key qualifications in workshops, seminars and lectures. Furthermore, it provides part-time, fee-based training for creative and idea industries, for SMEs in manufacturing industries and for the service sector in the framework of the national educational strategy on Lifelong Learning.

German and international experts act as mentor in an industry-specific programme which supports young designers as they position themselves in their market segment. Furthermore, the Designhaus helps graduates and students to find projects, obtain commissions and find jobs or internships.

As a forum for events and communication, the Designhaus aims to raise public awareness of design-relevant topics and their needs. It stages lectures, exhibitions and company presentations, organises networking meetings and contact fairs, and hosts BurgAlmuni network events.

Designhaus Halle is part of Burg Giebichenstein University of Arts and Design and is managed by the university’s Transferzentrum. The transfer centre helps graduates looking for jobs and also provides academic skills development for managers of SMEs in Saxony-Anhalt. Funding is provided by ESF and the state of Saxony-Anhalt and is safeguarded until the end of 2013 as part of the operational programme.

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