Learning from success stories
For the last 20 years, Gebert Rüf Stiftung has been providing risk capital in the form of targeted start-up funding and making projects eligible for follow-up sponsorship. In certain cases it will support projects through to the consolidation phase and until they achieve financial independence.
Long-term success has many “parents”. It seldom happens quickly; on the contrary, it often takes a long time to come to fruition. On the part of projects, decisive factors include the quality of the idea, the team and the collaborative culture, ample perseverance and a clear notion of how the idea can be put into practice in the long term. On the part of the project sponsors, factors include the courage to take a calculated risk and a readiness to carry out strategically shrewd and research-appropriate project monitoring.
If the research results are successfully put into practice and the project’s long-term implementation yields concrete benefits for the economy and society, the foundation deems it to be a success. For product or service-oriented projects, for example, this may mean that the concept has been proved, the prototype has been developed for widespread use, or a start-up has been founded.
Providing fresh impetus
Thanks to its flexible support strategy, Gebert Rüf Stiftung is able to provide research with fresh impetus where government support bodies leave gaps due to an institutional aversion to risks. With its areas of activity, Gebert Rüf Stiftung regularly launches new themes. Success is ensured if these themes become sustainably embedded in the funding landscape.
Support success depends on the type of project, the project theme, the scientific discipline, the duration and scale of project support and the type of project assistance. Every project supported by Gebert Rüf Stiftung is made accessible by means of a website presentation which also provides information on the results. Communicated success is twofold success. Targeted scientific and non-scientific communication is a key success factor.