An Interactive Innovation Talk

“Innovative Tuesday” is a networking format between the local economy, researchers and students in the field of innovation. On a Tuesday evening a month we welcome all those interested in innovation and innovation management at the INC Invention Center at the RWTH Aachen Campus. We are looking for exciting discussions with speakers from business and science as well as other participants from the region of Aachen on various aspects of the topic of technology and innovation management. All events will be held in English to promote the exchange even beyond the national border and involve the students of RWTH Business School.

Founded in 2016 RWTH Business School provides management education for executives and young professionals.

The IHK Aachen is a public corporation and represents the interests of around 76,000 member companies from industry, commerce and services.

Six formerly independent research groups at RWTH Aachen University joined forces establishing the TIME Research Area.


Local economy,
and students


INC Invention Center
(when on Campus)
or Online Session via Zoom


A Tuesday evening a month
Start 6:00 PM

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Event is open to public, participation is free. Advance registration
is requested.

Join Us For Our Next Event

April 18, 2023

Dr. Timo Koch
Managing Director
Savanna Ingredients GmbH

Spin Off in the Food Industry: Challenges and Chances on the Example of Savanna Ingredients

In the food industry sugar and calorie reduction is one of the key challenges since many years. The German sugar producer Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG decided to contribute to this trend by own innovative product concepts. In 2018, Savanna Ingredients GmbH was founded as a spin off to create an environment for successful development and marketing of low caloric sugars. This talk will look at the experiences Savanna has made so far when starting a new business with a new product in the food industry.

Upcoming Events

May 16, 2023

Lydia Schneider
Innovation Manager
Jungheinrich AG

Faster Horses – Synchronising technology push and market pull activities

We are all aware how crucial it is to center our innovation activities around our customers. But how can we find the right mix between listening to our customers to fulfil their actual needs on the one hand and at the same time coming up with unique selling propositions they are not even aware of needing yet? We will discuss about how Jungheinrich integrates both elements into the innovation front-end process and which challenges need to be faced along the journey.

June 13, 2023

Frank Leyhausen
Co-Founder & Managing Director

The grey gold – How baby boomers can mitigate the skills shortage

Germany – and most of the developed countries – are experiencing the mass retirement of baby boomers. Every year, in Germany are retiring one million people for the next decade.

Many of the “retiring talent” are eager to keep going, and the level of working retirees is at a record high. According to the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the main reasons for continuing are the fun at work or the need for a meaningful task and social contacts.

Frank Leyhausen, co-founder of, reports on innovative ways how the continued employment of baby boomers can succeed and thus mitigate the shortage of skilled workers.


September 12, 2023

Daniel Becker
Director Innovation HUB 110
INNOVATION HUB 110 der Polizei Hessen

Innovation Hub 110 – Rethinking public safety and security

Digitization and globalization impose unrivaled challenges on policing, pertaining every branch from patrolling the streets to combatting new and advanced crime phenomena. Therefore, state-of-the-art police work must constantly evolve and adapt while still securing reliability and compliance in a tightly regulated environment. The presentation explains how INNOVATION HUB 110 implements Digital Transformation and enables Innovation in the partly ambiguous field of police work.

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Our Hosts

Prof. Dr. Frank T. Piller
Prof. Dr. Frank T. Piller
Founding Dean & Academic
Director Executive MBA
RWTH Business School
Thomas Wendland
Thomas Wendland
Head of Unit
Technology & Innovation
IHK Aachen
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Paluch
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Paluch
Head of Group
Service and Technology Marketing
RWTH Aachen University

Our Venue

INC Invention Center Logo

The INC Invention Center supports innovators with a wide range of services. It is the first point of contact for innovators to find and get in touch with contact persons for specific technological questions. Moreover the INC Invention Center offers acceleration, education, knowledge transfer and a large cross-industrial community. They host different events, like the Technology and Innovation Summit, and also offer creative spaces for innovators to work, connect and exchange ideas.

Our Partners

Do you think your company fits in our Innovative Tuesday format? Contact us.