Centre for Entrepreneurship
Centre for Entrepreneurship

Venture Campus

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THIS SEMINAR IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH ONLY!

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Venture Campus is an integrated business plan seminar which covers the process from idea generation to the development of a viable business concept. It has a strong focus on ecologically and socially sustainable business models.

The seminar is aimed at Master degree students ONLY of all disciplines. Due to a high number of applicants every term we will give preference for those students who require the ECTS points for their studies.​

 

Course Coordinators:

Malte Hager           Nicolas Noak

Student Assistant:

Max Brandts

Detailed Course Description

 

The module VENTURE CAMPUS (course number: 7352 L 11) is a business plan seminar, aimed at Master degree students (ONLY) of all disciplines with a strong focus on ecologically and socially sustainable business models!

The course awards 12 ECTS (9ECTS for only EIT Digital students) . It provides an introduction to all aspects of business planning including business model development, marketing and finance. No prior knowledge in business or economics is required. The students will present and discuss initial business ideas, and will then form teams to work on developing a viable business concept. Expert inputs on legal questions as well as mentoring by staff of the chair will be provided. Finally, all teams hand in a written business plan document and present their plan in an all-day final panel presentation.

The seminar lasts over the course of one semester and is held every semester.

The main target group of Venture Campus are students of TU Berlin who have a strong interest in addressing an ecological or social need, getting to know how to develop a viable business concept and how to write a business plan. Please keep in mind that for capacity reasons we are only able to consider students who are in need of the credit points (ECTS) and who are enrolled at TU Berlin.

Course Topics

The input sessions cover the following topics:
Sustainable Business Model Development
Green & Social Entrepreneurship Methods
Market Analysis
Market Sizing and Marketing
Organizational Structure and Operations
Strategy & Outlook
Intellectual Property Rights
Basics in Finance
Basics in Taxes
Negotiations with Investors
Coaching in Presentation Skills

Learning Objectives

The ability to

  • successfully apply the learned knowledge for development of a new product or business concept with a focus on a ecologically and socially sustainable business model
  • systematically explore and create ideas or modify existing business ideas for answering market needs
  • systematically explore obstacles in building a viable sustainable business concept 
  • understand different phases of a business development process
  • transform new ideas into business solutions for a commercial market environment, combined with decision-making and leadership competencies
  • work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • present a concept to an internal audience as well as to an external panel of financiers
  • reflect upon ethical and team processes.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The module features the following teaching methods:

  • Input sessions by internal staff
  • Interactive elements such as group discussions, plenary discussions and team presentations in the plenary
  • Input sessions by external experts (incl. practitioners)
  • Q&A sessions
  • Mentoring sessions with internal staff
  • Drop-in sessions with internal and external experts

Examination

Participants in VENTURE CAMPUS will obtain a grade based on a portfolio examination.

The course is devided into obtaining either 12 ECTS (mandatory for IMES students) or 9 ECTS course (mandatory for EIT ICT Innovation students)

Grading criteria are:

  • Business Plan (Group Work)
  • Final Pitch (Group Presentation)
  • ONLY 12 ECTS: Individual Learning Reflection (Individual assignment)

Winter Term 2020/2021

First Session ("Kickoff"):
Thursday 5th of November at 14:00h. Fully digital and online. Attendance of this Kickoff is crucial!
That first session is only meant for students for whom Venture Campus is compulsory (IMES / EIT Digital) or those who received an explicit confirmation that they are admitted to the course.

There is no use in showing up otherwise; we cannot accept any additional students on an ad hoc basis!

Regular Sessions/Lectures:
Participants will meet (almost) every Thursday at 14:00h throughout the semester online via Zoom.

Application

Winter Term 2020/2021

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APPLICATIONS FOR THE WINTER TERM 20/21 ARE CLOSED!!

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For students of IMES or EIT Digital Masters: our seminar is compulsory for students of these programmes and you do NOT need to apply. For IMES the default semester is the winter term, for EIT the default semester is the summer term, and we strongly advise you to stick to those terms. However, if you decide not to participate in your default semester (to e.g. postpone your participation) please notify us asap via venturecampus@entrepreneurship.tu-berlin.de That way we can allocate your seat to other applicants.

For students of any other Master programme: Please apply via email to venturecampus@entrepreneurship.tu-berlin.de and indicate (as a list, please):
- your full name
- your email address
- your matriculation number
- your Master study programme and semester
- your university
- for which semester you wish to apply

AND a short (~150 words) statement of your motivation, goals and expectations. 

Please note:

⇒ We have very limited capacities and will thus have to give priority to all students for whom our seminar is compulsory.

⇒ Applicants who have used false data to apply for Venture Campus (e.g. aren't enrolled in a Master's degree program; claimed to be compulsory student while they aren't, etc.) will lose their allocation to our seminar with immediate effect.

⇒ In case you are admitted: Attendance in the first sessions is of paramount importance. In preparation of the seminar, please think of a business opportunity (a problem you could solve with a business idea) to be pitched in one of the first two sessions.

Guest Lecturers

Every semester, Venture Campus is supported by selected experts and professionals providing highly informative input on various topics. Below you find a list of our current guest lecturers

Winter Term 2020/2021

Dr. Robert Gerlach (Sustainable Business Modelling, Threebility)

Kai Gondlach (Future Scientist, professional Keynote Speaker - https://www.zukunftsforscher.de/)

Prof. Dr. Walter Rust (Lawyer and notary, venture capital financing, Mock Anwälte)

Dr. Maria Pregartbauer (Lawyer for IPR, Tchibo)

Fares Getzin (PhD Candidate in Accounting, TU Berlin)

Dr. Shahid Qureshi(Program Director at IBA Center for Entrepreneurial Development and Board Member IGNITE)

Marc Karahan (PhD candidate in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, TU Berlin)

Caro Stoeckermann (Innovation Manager & Transfer Management, CfE TU Berlin)

Caroline Foerster (Tomorrow People, Co-Founder White Label Project)

Summer Term 2020

Dr. Robert Gerlach (Sustainable Business Modelling, Threebility)

Prof. Dr. Susanne Perner (EBC Berlin)

Kai Gondlach (Future Scientist, professional Key Note Speaker - https://www.zukunftsforscher.de/)

Prof. Dr. Walter Rust (Lawyer and notary, venture capital financing, Mock Anwälte)

Dr. Maria Pregartbauer (Lawyer for IPR, Tchibo)

Fares Getzin (PhD Candidate in Accounting, TU Berlin)

Winter Term 2019/2020

Raika Krokoszinski (Design Thinking Coach)

Dr. Robert Gerlach (Sustainable Business Modelling, Threebility)

Dr. Daphne Hering (Market Sizing, Entrepreneurship)

Prof. Dr. Susanne Perner (EBC Berlin)

Kai Gondlach (Future Scientist, professional Key Note Speaker - https://www.zukunftsforscher.de/)

Prof. Dr. Walter Rust (Lawyer and notary, venture capital financing, Mock Anwälte)

Robert Wegner (Finance Expert, Companisto)

Dr. Maria Pregartbauer (Lawyer for IPR, Tchibo)

Fares Getzin (PhD Candidate in Accounting, TU Berlin)

Olga Mergenthaler (Startup Finance Expert, University Startup Factory HU Berlin)

Irina Padalka (Online Marketing/Publishing, Get Your Guide)