Centre for Entrepreneurship

Module Overview

The EIM Chair offers seminars and lectures primarily at the master level. Modules are not offered every semester, so please check the overview for current information

Business Research Methods

Current Information

In winter term 2023/2024, the course starts at 16th of October 2023 with an introductory lecture 2:00 to 4:00 pm at room BH-N 128

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Content/course structure:

Fundamental research approaches and philosophies - Approaches to literature searches and literature reviews - the use of theory, hypotheses and variables in business research - research designs, sampling approaches, and ethical issues - evaluation criteria in quantitative and qualitative research - quantitative methods, social network analytics, AI and machine learning, latent class and hierarchical modeling. 

All information can be found on ISIS: https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=34960

Please register on ISIS and MTS in order to participate in this subject.

Contact details to responsible persons: Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer

Crisis Management Meets Consulting

Current Information

The course takes place next in the summer term 2022. 


The students of this practice-oriented research project work in teams on current, complex questions within the framework of empirical investigations or conceptual research. The problems to be dealt with are particularly in the area of corporate crises, corporate restructuring or corporate reorganization.

Content/course structure: There are three obligatory appointments: kick-off meeting, intermediate presentation and final presentation. There are no weekly lectures. With support of mentors from our practice partner PwC, the students work on different current and highly practical topics and introduce the solutions in an intermediate presentation, a final presentation and a project report. The topics are presented by the mentors from which the students are able to choose one they would like to work on in teams of two. The course language is English.

Timetable: The course only takes place in summer term. Current information for the summer term 2022 can be found in the event portrait.

Benefits/goals: This is a unique opportunity to gain insights into the work of restructuring consultants and apply theoretical knowledge to practice!

Examination: The examination type is portfolio examination. The module is certified with 6 ECTS.
50% - project report
40% - midterm and final presentation
10% - interaction with the mentor

Participation/application: The project is limited to 20 participants and is aimed at students of economic science courses. It is mandatory to apply in advance with a letter of motivation (max. 1 page), a current grade overview and a CV. We are looking forward to receiving many convincing applications!

Moses link: https://moseskonto.tu-berlin.de/moses/modultransfersystem/bolognamodule/beschreibung/anzeigen.html?number=70266&version=5&sprache=1

Contact details to responsible persons:
The course is conducted by Dr. Derik Evertz. For any questions please contact Alina Heeg.

Design Thinking for Smart Living & Health

Current Information: Winter Term 2023/2024

Detailed Course Description

The module Design Thinking for Smart Living & Health (course number: 73 520 L 5768) is a seminar, aimed at Master degree students (ONLY) of all disciplines with a strong focus on
socially sustainable ideas for smart living and health.

The course awards 6 ECTS. This course is an interdisciplinary project and students build diverse teams. Students learn about the innovation management method Design Thinking in theory and practice. The course starts out with an introduction to Design Thinking which will build the foundation for the whole course structure. The students will be presented with one or two challenges around topics of smart living and health. Each group must select one challenge to work on throughout the course. No prior knowledge in business or economics is required. The students will work with a variety of different qualitative methods such as observation, interviews, surveys, and secondary research data to get to know the needs of their potential users. Based upon these insights, ideas will be developed, prototyped, and tested. The students will present their results in an interim presentation, a final presentation and hand in a report after the course.

The main target group of Design Thinking for Smart Living & Health are students who are interested in applying a Design Thinking process and addressing a social need in the domain of smart living and health. In addition to that, students who are interested in working in diverse/ interdisciplinary teams and experimenting on novel leadership methods. 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.


The seminar lasts over the course of one semester.

Tuesdays from 14:00-18:00 in H3004;

Kickoff on Tuesday, 17th October at 2PM at Smart Living & Health Center who are project partners of the course

(Haus der Zukunft: https://haus-der-zukunft-am-ukb.de)

ISIS course:https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=32826 

Course topics

  • Smart Living & Health
  • Design Thinking
  • Teaming 
  • Ideation
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Prototyping ideas
  • Testing of ideas

Learning Objectives

By the end of the semester, students who have successfully completed this course should know and have practically applied the following:

  • Theories and concepts of Design Thinking and novel leadership approaches
  • Practical project about smart living and health by applying the Design Thinking method in diverse and interdisciplinary teams
  • Teams practice novel leadership styles in their group work
  • As being part of the Design Thinking method, students apply their theoretical knowledge about creativity, ideation, and prototyping in their own projects
  • Students exercise pitching and presentation techniques in an interim and final presentation about their innovation project
  • Students improve their writing, documentation, and reflection skills by preparing a final report of their innovation project


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
  • An excursion to the Smart Living & Health Center
  • Input sessions by external guests
  • Q&A and feedback sessions.


Participants in Design Thinking for Smart Living & Health will obtain a grade based on a portfolio examination.

Grading criteria are:

  • Interim Presentation (Group Presentation: 10%) 
  • Final Pitch (Group Presentation: 40%)
  • Project Report (Group Work: 50%)




Deadline for applications is 11th October at 9AM.

Applications open from 29th of September.


Please apply via ISIS (https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=35591) and provide all
requested information in the survey.

If you decided to not take part in the course, please de-register from the ISIS course, so we
can keep track of the interested students and can manage the waiting list.
We consider every registered student in the ISIS course as a participant who will take
the course and the exam!
We will send a notification to everyone in the ISIS course before the kick-off and ask you to
de-register if you don’t plan to take the course.

Please note:
⇒ We have limited capacities and will thus decide first-come first-serve.
⇒ If you are on the waiting list: we will inform you about open seats within the first week.
⇒ In case you are admitted: Attendance in the first session is mandatory.

In case of questions contact Charleen von Kolpinski: c.vonkolpinski@tu-berlin.de 

Design Your Happy Life

Current Information

Summer Term 23

ISIS-  Limited to 24 seats. 

The course takes place in the room AM 012 on

  • 28-30 April 2023
  • 26 May 2023
  • 09 June 2023

Please follow the registration procedures in the ISIS course.

Idea: Inspired by a popular course at Stanford University and the research on positive psychology (the study of long-term happiness)
Content: We combine the design thinking approach and the theoretical basics from positive psychology and apply it on your life. 

With the help of your “life design canvas” and the life templates you will disassemble your life and rearrange it in a life report. 


  • Gain a better understanding of yourself and your situation
  • See your life and environment from a different perspective
  • Exchange with your fellow students to get insights and ideas
  • Learn the theory of positive psychology and get an idea of design thinking
  • Boost your reflection and analytical skills


By the end of this course you will have written an in-depth Life report. This unique combination of autobiography, analysis and planning will encompass anything about you: your past, presence and future.


  • Understand and explain the underlying concepts of happiness
  • Understand and explain what leads to happiness and its benefits
  • Apply high level reflection skills
  • Develop future plans based on positive psychology


Examination: Report (75%) & Team Project (25%)

Participation: 24 participants limit, first come first serve
Moses: moseskonto.tu-berlin.de/moses/modultransfersystem/bolognamodule/beschreibung/anzeigen.html

The course is conducted by Dr. Karina Cagarman.



Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Challenging Global Contexts

*** Current Information ***

In summer term 2023, the course will be offered in a semi-block format in-presence in room H 7112 on the following dates:

Interactive lectures: Fridays, 05.05, 12.05, & 19.05 from 14-18.

Student presentations: Weekend block, 03.06 & 04.06 from 10-15.

Group project demonstration: Friday, 23.06 from 14-18 (confirmed with Prof. zu Knyphausen-Aufseß that there is no conflict)

Attendance is mandatory for all sessions except in cases of emergency. A mandatory introductory session will take place via zoom on Friday, April 21st, from 14:00 - 15:00 pm at the following link:


Meeting ID: 625 5122 4075

Passcode: 841097

Registered/admitted students who do not attend the introductory session without prior notice to the instructor will be automatically dis-enrolled from the course and their spot will be given to another student from the waiting list.

Application procedures:

Limited to 20 seats.

Interested students should apply by sending an email to "lubna.rashid(at)campus.tu-berlin.de" with the following information:

Full name:

  • Matriculation number:
  • Current course of study:
  • Previous academic or work experience (1-3 sentences):
  • Motivation to join this course (1-3 sentences):
  • Languages spoken:
  • Place(s) considered home:
  • Are you willing and able to commit to attending all the sessions in this series (except in cases of emergency and one-off situations)?

From the applicants, 20 will be selected based on diversity (cultural, educational, experience, etc.), motivation, and commitment.

Email applications can be sent from 03.04. to 12.04. and students will be informed of their admission status by 14.04.



From ecological catastrophes to health crises to violent conflict, the world certainly faces many grand challenges for which traditional developmental strategies have only yielded limited solutions. Many have begun recognizing the need for innovative entrepreneurial solutions to tackle such challenges, and buzz-terms such as “social entrepreneurship” and “sustainable innovation” have become quite common. However, entrepreneurship and innovation can also be blamed for much of the exacerbation of global sustainability crises. This course takes participants into an explorative journey to reflect on some of the “tough, big, questions” on the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation, digitalization and grand societal and environmental challenges, particularly in already-challenged global contexts outside of stable, wealthy economies. This would include:


  • How can (innovative) entrepreneurship be a solution to some of the world’s most daunting challenges amidst institutional fragility and resource scarcity?
  • What are some of the negative impacts on technology and entrepreneurship on society and ecology?
  • How can entrepreneurs and innovators find a balance between economic, ecologic, social and psychological priorities?
  • Is sustainability (in innovation and entrepreneurship) even possible? How and why?
  • How does context (e.g. political situation, cultural values, historical trauma) impact and determine the outcomes of and expectations from entrepreneurship and innovation?


The course will draw on multidisciplinary theoretical streams and disciplines (e.g. from psychology, biology, sociology, philosophy, economics and environmental sciences) and will feature numerous case studies from all over the world, aiming to build bridges between micro-level factors and macro-level concepts and reflect on the gray areas between common “black and white” notions (e.g. sustainable vs. unsustainable behavior, developing vs. developed countries,  good vs. bad, and nature vs. nurture).

Group Assignment 50% / Individual Presentation 50%

Moses: https://moseskonto.tu-berlin.de/moses/modultransfersystem/bolognamodule/beschreibung/anzeigen.html?nummer=70055&version=2&sprache=2

The course is conducted byDr. Lubna Rashid.


Entrepreneurship Research

Current Information

Winter Term 2023/2024, the first first lecture takes place at 16th of October at 10:00 to 12:00 am room H 2053


About Entrepreneurship Research

The course enables one to:

  • In-depth understanding of research methods in the field of Entrepreneurship
  • The ability to systematically explore scientific research studies and papers in the field of Entrepreneurship
  • The ability to reflect upon ethical issues in research in the field of Entrepreneurship
  • The ability to successfully apply the learned knowledge in own research efforts


Content/course structure: The general aim of this subject is to give students a state-of-the-art overview of all streams of research around the theme of entrepreneurship. The ability to combine product development, market development, and organizational development ensures the competitiveness of high-income countries and its enterprises. Therefore, up-to-date knowledge about how to develop all three aspects in continuously changing environments is of vital importance. The course intends to shed light on different aspects from managing and aligning internal and external networks, all facets around founding enterprises, how to explore and develop markets, how to get and exploit creative ideas among more. The course studies both, theoretical models and their empirical application, changing between micro and macro-economic perspectives with a strong methodological focus.


All information can be found on ISIS: https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=34961

Please register on ISIS in order to participate in this subject.

Benefits / Goals:

Carefully preparation of final master thesis, insights into the research landscape of entrepreneurship, innovation management and sustainability


Written essay of around 4000 words


Exclusively and mandatory for students of MSc IMES

Moses link: moseskonto.tu-berlin.de/moses/modultransfersystem/bolognamodule/beschreibung/anzeigen.html

Contact details to responsible persons: Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer

Life Science Venturing

Current Information

The next course takes place in Summer Semester 2023.

ISIS link


About Life Science Venturing

  • This course provides an overview of start-up companies' founding and building, focusing on practice-oriented aspects, such as financing and negotiation strategies. 
  • Participants will obtain a fast and comprehensive insight into this specific topic through a clear thematic structure, practice-related recommendations, and real case studies.
  •  The module integrates a mix of lecture content, group work, virtual checkpoints, and individual work.

Content/course structure

  1. Start-up companies and business plans 
    • Importance of start-up companies
    • Drawing up a business concept and business plan
  2. Founding and building up of start-ups 
    • Legal forms and company structures
    • Operative building up of a company
    • Marketing and pricing strategies
  3. Financial planning and capital acquisition
    • Co-operation with business angels
    • Co-operation with venture capital
  4. Company valuation challenges and methods
  5. Development and execution of an exit strategy


  • The standard block course has been transformed for Summer Term 2021 to an Asynchronous Format - Learn at your own pace in a group.
  • Virtual starting discussion with Q&A
  • Group work and 5 team checkpoints.
  • Virtual end discussion with presentations, discussions and Q&A (perhaps in person depending on the infection numbers).


  • Working in groups, students will acquire knowledge about the core elements of a business plan, financing, holding negotiations with investors, including due diligence and corporate valuation. 
  • The students should acquire the competence necessary to found and successfully build up their own company.


  • Presentation and a short written essay.


  • Max. 25 participants based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Moses link


ISIS link



Please read all information on the ISIS course before contacting Prof. Dr. Gunter Festel .

For technical questions, please contact Elisa.


Management of Corporate Crisis

Current Information

The next course takes place in winter term 2021/2022.

Winter term 2021/2022: please enroll yourself to the MOCC 2021/2022 course on ISIS and attend the first lecture. There is also a link to register your participation in the course on ISIS.


After a successful participation in this module, students are able to recognize the phenomenon "corporate crisis" with its causes, its process and its effects and can assess its significance from a practical point of view. They are able to apply instruments of crisis prevention and early crisis detection. They are also able to develop strategies and measures of crisis management and to design the management of corporate insolvencies from a business perspective.

Content/course structure:The lectures provide the theoretical and conceptual fundamentals of corporate crises and crisis management. Crisis prevention, early crisis detection and crisis management, as well as command and control, are all part of this process. The focus is on behavioral aspects in corporate crises. Expert lecturers present the practical relevance to the theoretical basics and in group presentations, the students deepen their acquired knowledge. The course language is English.

Timetable: winter term 2021/2022

Benefits/goals: The module provides the theoretical and conceptual basis of corporate crises, as well case studies and a workshop with our practice partner PwC.

Examination: The examination type is a Portfolio examination (6 ECTS), 25% of the overall grade account for a group presentation, 75% for a written exam at the end of the semester.

To attend, please enroll yourself to the MOCC 2021/2022 course on ISIS and attend the first lecture. There is also a link to register for the course on ISIS. https://isis.tu-berlin.de/enrol/index.php?id=26015 

Moses link: https://moseskonto.tu-berlin.de/moses/modultransfersystem/bolognamodule/beschreibung/anzeigen.html?number=70072&version=4&sprache=1

Contact details to responsible persons:
The course is conducted by Dr. Derik Evertz.

For any questions please contact Alina Heeg

Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Current Information

Next offered in Winter 2023.


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Content/course structure:

The course is geared towards Bachelor students and aims to provide you with a general overview on the topic of Sustainable Entrepreneurship and their ascribed role as a change agent for a sustainable transition.

The idea of the course is that you prepare yourself for the "lectures" at home using the provided study material such as videos, slides, articles. In class we want to actively hear from you, work in teams on various tasks and discuss the weekly material as a group. An important part of being a sustainable entrepreneur is collaboration, reflexivity, and critical thinking. This, we believe, can best be practiced in a more interactive and participative setting during lecture time.

During the course of the module, teams in groups of 4 will analyze a sustainable start-up using the business model canvass. During class, the teams will get the chance to fill out the business model canvas during selected lectures and discuss its contributions to sustainability.
Next to working with the business model canvas, we will also cover relevant topics such as greenwashing, market research, role of value/institutions/cognitive dissonance, marketing and impact assessment.


TBD: Tuesdays 14:00 to 16:00 in H 3013 


Enables students to understand scientific approaches to entrepreneurship in the sustainability context.


Homework / Hausarbeit


Bachelor level students, primarily intended for Sustainable Management program.

Students must join the first lecture on October 18th and also register on ISIS in order to participate, with two steps, after "enrolling" in the isis course as there are limited seats (40). First come first serve (NaMa priority). If there are more students joining, there will be a waiting list in the first week. 

Language: English

Moses (MTS) link

Moses - Sustainable Entrepreneurship (tu-berlin.de)

Contact details to responsible persons:Ines Wolf

Venture Campus

The Startup Seminar "Venture Campus" is offered every semester. All details can be foundhere.

EIM Thesis Accelerator

Current Information: Summer 2023


Idea: Accelerator to explore and develop research questions, methodology, epistemology, ontology.

Participation via application: EIM Master Thesis Supervision

Registration information: To attend this course, it is mandatory to confirm a supervision at the EIM chair and submit a preparatory work. Please confirm your supervision by April 12th at the latest and enroll in the course.

ISIS: https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=32369  Password: EIMTA23

Room: AM012

First Session: Wednesday April 19th, 10 AM. -- Note: first deliverable uploaded beforehand.

Course structure: Block Seminar

Benefits/Goals: Make your thesis writing process streamlined, more fun and a lot more meaningful.

Examination:  Homework, Peer Review, Presentation