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MentorInn: Design Thinking Pitch Day in Dortmund

© Cynthia Ruf

Students and university teachers from the UARuhr met at TU Dortmund for the kick-off of the MentorInn project as part of the Ruhr School Of Design Thinking. Supported by the "Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre" , 13 chair professorships from the UARuhr came together to form the Ruhr School Of Design Thinking which aims to support student innovation and start-up ideas with mentoring through bundled, multidisciplinary expertise in design thinking.

During the kick-off event, student teams presented their interim results to more than 70 participants and received initial feedback. Seven teams from the TIE Institute - Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Chair of Digital Transformation at TU Dortmund University were represented. In addition, the students got to know the mentors from the various chairs, who will be available to them until the final PitchDay at the end of January.

A big thank you to the hosts at the Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer, Roland Kriedel and Sina Ramin Sadgeh Nadi, the exciting keynote speaker Dr. Philipp Wrycza from Logistikbude, and the entire Ruhr School organization team: Soumia El Mard, Esther Winter, Martin Ebel, Jens Pöppelbuß, Marie-Christin Barton, Florian Krohm, Christian Marx, Dominik Schmelter, Steffen Strese, Tessa Flatten, Dr. Simon Hensellek, Julius de Groot, Manuel Wiesche, Karsten Altenschmidt, Michèle Kuschel, Christian Meske, Stefan Stieglitz, and others.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.


The departments of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Streetnavigation from and to TU Dortmund University:

OpenStreetMap Routing Machine

The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:

Environment map (PDF)

Environment map (graphic)

This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:

Interactive campus map

This document contains a simple campus map in German and English:

Campus map (PDF)