Spin-off companies are the most direct form of technology transfer. Know-how, technology, and the relevant experts are transferred directly into the private sector. This is applicable when market readiness is reached and commercial viability is given. As it is part of AWI's mission to transfer findings and technologies from fundamental research into society and business, potential founders of spin-offs are supported by the Technology Transfer Office. In a transition phase, the spin-offs may be accompanied by the TTO, but are fully exposed to the market and its mechanisms.
Regularly, spin-offs use innovative technologies or products developped by AWI, therefore the institute may benefit through e.g. license fees in a potential success.