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

Treasure Hunting

Current Information

This new course is first offered in Summer Semester 2024.

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Course Summary

Start your own enterprise with 'Treasure Hunting,' an exclusive opportunity designed for students at TU, FU, HU Berlin and Charité.

Unlock the power of patents as you learn to build real-world businesses from groundbreaking research. Delve into the treasure trove of patents curated by TU Berlin's top-tier researchers and turn them into lucrative ventures.

But this isn't just any course – it's a hands-on journey. Form teams with fellow students, guided by experts and industry pioneers who've walked the startup path before you. Connect directly with the brilliant minds behind the patents, and who knows, they might even join your team!

Through a dynamic fusion of Design Thinking and Business Model Workshops, craft innovative solutions that address real market needs. And here's the kicker – we're not just about profits. We're committed to sustainability and social impact, ensuring your ventures make a meaningful difference.

Best of all, TU Berlin has your back. Should you choose to take the leap into startup life, access the patents you've explored in the course, with support from the university (negotiable patent costs apply).

Join us in the hunt for treasures and unlock the potential of your entrepreneurial spirit. Don't just dream of success – make it a reality with 'Treasure Hunting'!

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Who can apply?

  • Every Master student of TU, HU, FU Berlin and Charité from their third semester of Master study can apply for this course – no matter their study background, age, gender, etc.

What is the schedule?

  • Summer Term 2024: You have to complete the whole module „Treasure Hunting“ in one semester: 2 weeks of summer school on campus with additional work at home. The summer school takes place at TU Berlin from 22nd July until 2nd of August (except the weekend) from 10:00-18:00. You can get 12 ECTS.

Application Deadline:

  • From 1.4.2024 to 1.5.2024

Language of teaching:

  • English (if you have a group with German Native Speakers only, you can also speak German in your group work)

Application Documents:

  • Every applicant has to use their university e-mail address to register at the Santander Scholarship Platform and fill in the required information (full name, gender, nationality, etc.). Required documents to be uploaded are:
    • Enrollment Certificate of the current Master course showing the current semester or starting date of the Master study

Where to apply?

  • Registration link for the course follows in March 2024.

 

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 2024. 

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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 Elias Diedrich

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.

Timetable

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.

Examination

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%)

 

Application

***IMPORTANT INFO***

Deadline for applications is 11th October at 9AM.

Applications open from 29th of September.


***IMPORTANT INFO***

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

TBD

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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. 


Benefits: 

  • 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.


Goals: 

  • 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 ***

The next course will take place in the summer term 2024!

APPLICATIONS OPEN!

To register for this course, interested students should send an email to lubna.rashid(at)tu-berlin.debefore 25.03.2024. Applications sent after this date will not be considered. The application should include 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:
  • Confirmation to commit to attending all the sessions in this course in person (except in cases of emergency):

From the applicants, only 24 students will be selected based on diversity (cultural, educational, experience, etc.), motivation, and commitment. The acceptance is not on first-come-first-serve basis. Students will be informed if they had been accepted in the course by 29.03.2024.

Class Schedule for summer term 2024:

Block course/lectures from 08-12.04.2024 (every day, Monday to Friday, starting at 10 am til around 4 pm).

Student presentation weekend 27.04-28.04.2024 (Saturday and Sunday from 10-3 pm)

Team work kickoff session 04.05.2024 (Saturday from 10-3 pm)

Final presentation of team projects 25.05.2024 (Saturday from 10-3 pm)

Please check your availability for those dates before applying to the course!

Many thanks and looking forward to receiving your emails!

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Content:

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).

Examination:
Group Assignment 40% / Individual Presentation 40% / Learning & Reflection Document 20%

Moses: https://moseskonto.tu-berlin.de/moses/modultransfersystem/bolognamodule/beschreibung/anzeigen.html?nummer=70055&version=5&sprache=2

The course will be taught in english (despite what is says in Moses)

The course is conducted by Dr. 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

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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.

Timetable: 

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


Examination: 

Written essay of around 4000 words


Participation/application: 

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 2024.

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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

Timetable

  • 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).

Benefits/goals

  • 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.

Examination

  • Presentation and a short written essay.

Participation/application

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

Moses link

https://moseskonto.tu-berlin.de/moses/modultransfersystem/bolognamodule/beschreibung/anzeigen.html?number=70356&version=1&sprache=2

ISIS link

https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=33066#section-0

Contact

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 2022/2023.

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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 23/24

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.

Participation/application:
To attend, please enroll yourself to the 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/course/view.php?id=35212

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.

 

Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Current Information

Winter 2023/2024

ISIS couse :https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=34962 

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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 study at your own pace, but follow the weekly lecture structure, and using the provided study material such as videos, slides, articles. You will engange in reflexive learning through active structured journaling, before-during-after each session. An important part of being a sustainable entrepreneur is reflexivity and critical thinking. Hence this learning didactic aims to develop these skills to connect to the domain on an intrapersonal level while advancing theoretical and conceptual knowledge. 

Timetable

Tuesdays 14:00 to 16:00 in H 0106

Benefits/goals

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

Examination

Homework / Hausarbeit

Participation/application

Bachelor level students, primarily intended for Sustainable Management program.

Students should join the first lecture on October 17th and also register on ISIS in order to participate. 

100 Seats

Language: English

Moses (MTS) link

Moses - Sustainable Entrepreneurship (tu-berlin.de)

Contact details to responsible persons: Paul Wolf via ISIS forum.

 

Venture Campus

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

EIM Thesis Accelerator

Current Information: Winter 2023/24

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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 October 16th at the latest and enroll in the course.
Isis: https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=35047
Room: AM012
First Session: Thursday, October 19th 12:00-14:00 -- 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

 

Micro-Credential: Sustainable and Inclusive Construction

Current Information

The Micro-Credential (MC) starts in winter semester 2023/2024.

ISIS Link for further information about Micro-Credential:

https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=35592

Language of participation and of the courses is English.

Content & structure:

The Micro-Credential Sustainable & Inclusive Construction (SIC) is a comprehensive program designed to equip Master students from diverse academic backgrounds with the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge required to thrive in the fields of construction, building, and living design. This Micro-Credential comprises three distinct modules, each carefully tailored to provide a holistic understanding of entrepreneurship for sustainable and inclusive construction.

Please find information about definitions and examples of micro-credentials at the end of this text.

**Module 1: Design Thinking - Unlocking innovation in sustainable living design**

In the first module of the MC SIC, participants delve into the world of Design Thinking, a dynamic problem-solving approach. This module empowers students to think creatively and empathetically, fostering a deep understanding of user-centered design principles within the context of construction, building and living design. The focus is on socially oriented problem solving within these sectors.

The module is divided into six phases:

1. Empathize: Understand the needs and desires of stakeholders in the construction, building and living design industry.

2. Define: Clearly articulate the problems and challenges faced in creating sustainable and inclusive constructions.

3. Ideate: Generate innovative ideas and solutions for addressing these challenges.

4. Prototype: Develop tangible prototypes and concepts for sustainable construction projects.

5. Test: Assess and refine prototypes based on user feedback and real-world scenarios.

6. Iterate: Iterations necessary on user feedback to improve user-centeredness of the product or service.

**Module 2: Venture Campus - From idea to business plan**

In the second module, the MC SIC takes a hands-on approach, as interdisciplinary student groups select one of the innovative ideas conceived during the Design Thinking phase and embark on a transformative journey. They will develop their chosen idea from scratch into a comprehensive Business Plan, honing their project management, financial, and strategic skills along the way. This module encourages students to apply their knowledge and expertise to create sustainable and inclusive construction solutions that are not only innovative but also viable in the market.

Prior to attending in-person classes, participants will have access to instructive video content that covers the theoretical foundations of each module. These videos serve as a preparatory resource, enabling students to familiarize themselves with essential concepts and principles at their own pace. During the scheduled in-person class hours, our focus shifts to interactive engagement. This time is dedicated to addressing questions, fostering discussions, and applying the acquired knowledge in practical scenarios.

**Module 3: Industry Internship - Real-World Application**

The third and final module of the MC SIC provides students with a valuable opportunity to gain real-world experience in the construction, building, and living design industry. Students will undertake internships with industry-leading companies that have established partnerships with Science&Startups – the entrepreneurship centre of Berlin’s public universities. This internship experience allows participants to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout the program in practical settings, solidifying their understanding of sustainable and inclusive construction entrepreneurship.

It's important to note that the MC SIC is open to all Master students of FU, HU and TU Berlin, regardless of their field of study. No prior knowledge of architecture, construction, building or engineering is required, making this program accessible to a wide range of individuals seeking to explore the exciting world of entrepreneurship in construction, building, and living design. In addition, this Micro-Credential encompasses 24 ECTS to be completed and divided into two courses (18 ECTS) and the internship (6 ECTS).

Benefits & Goals:

Empower students from diverse backgrounds to become innovative leaders in the sustainable and inclusive construction industry, fostering positive change and driving forward the future of construction, building, and living design.

Timetable:

Please see below for a detailed timetable

Application:

The application deadlines for the MC SIC are as follows:

- Registration for MC SIC: for TU students, please use the provided form on ISIS (accessible through the course link). Non-TU Berlin students can register via sending an email to Charleen for further assistance. The deadline comes with the registration of the first course.

- For course registrations, please refer to ISIS for specific deadlines associated with each course. Registrations for Design Thinking are open from 29th September on ISIS (link: https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=35591). The Venture Campus starts on Thursday, 19th October where everything is explained regarding registrations. Access on ISIS via https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=35269.

 

Contact details to Responsible Person:

Charleen von Kolpinski (c.vonkolpinski(at)tu-berlin.de)

 

What is a Micro-Credential?

Micro-Credentials are specialized academic programs offered by universities and colleges as supplementary fields of study. They can range in scope from 18 to 30 ECTS credits. Micro-credentials emerged as a viable solution in today's era of increasing demand for interdisciplinary education.

What sets Micro-Credentials apart is their flexibility. They can be awarded by formal educational institutions and align with the European and national qualification frameworks, including the ECTS system. Importantly, students pursuing Micro-Credentials do not necessarily need to have completed their master's degree, and this program is open to students from any public university in Berlin, including FU, HU, and TU Berlin. The European Union supports and encourages the implementation of Micro-Credentials, promoting their integration into existing qualification programs.[1]

[1]https://education.ec.europa.eu/education-levels/higher-education/micro-credentials (25.09.2023)

Timetable

 Module (s)Credit PointsContentPeriod
Step 1Design Thinking on Smart Living & Health6 ECTSBasicWS & SS
Step 2Venture Campus12 ECTSAdvanced & SpecializationWS & SS
Step 3Internship6 ECTSApplication to practice 
OverallMicro-Credential “Sustainable & Inclusive Construction”24 ECTS  
Students can start with the Micro-Credential any semester (winter or summer). It is strongly suggested to start with the module Design Thinking for Smart Living & Health.

Micro-Credential: Sustainable Entrepreneurship

General Information

The Micro-Credential “Sustainable Entrepreneurship” is a comprehensive programme designed to equip Master students from different chemistry-related study programmes with the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge required to thrive in the fields of chemistry and life sciences. It is offered by offered by Science & Startups and the Chemical Invention Factory (CIF) at Technische Universität Berlin.

The Micro-Credential Sustainable Entrepreneurship starts in the winter semester 2023/2024.

 

Course Information

  • The Micro-Credential “Sustainable Entrepreneurship” is offered to students who are enrolled in one of the following 8 master programmes at TU Berlin:
    • M.Sc. Chemistry
    • M.Sc. Chemical Engineering
    • M.Sc. Environmental Science and Technology
    • M.Sc. Material Science and Engineering
    • M.Sc. Food Technology
    • M.Sc. Polymer Science
    • M.Sc. Biological Chemistry
    • M.Sc. Industrial Engineering and Management, chemistry-related majors
  • The scope of the Micro-Credential “Sustainable Entrepreneurship” is 24 ECTS.
  • The 24 ECTS are divided into
    • (a) one mandatory module of 12 ECTS
    • (b) two semi-mandatory modules of each 6 ECTS from a list of semi-mandatory modules (see table below).
  • The usual duration of the program is two to four semesters. The teaching programme and all examination procedures are structured so that students can complete the programme within the usual study duration.
  • All courses are held in English.

 

Content and Learning Goals

Students of the Micro-Credential “Sustainable Entrepreneurship” will learn the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship and different dimensions of sustainability. This includes all issues on operative, tactical and strategic levels relevant to founding new businesses, for intrapreneurial activities and for Research and Development (R&D) or New Product Development (NPD).

Graduates of the programme will be able to apply entrepreneurial thinking to developments and research in chemistry and related fields in order to recognize opportunities and to develop new business ideas in this field.

The practice-related aspects of the programme focus on innovation, management practices and the allocation of resources leading towards the creation and growth of environmentally, socially and ethically sensitive business models. This includes gaining expertise in management, decision making, legal provisions, accounting and developing the ability to prepare sensible solutions for technical or business challenges. In addition, team work is promoted.

 

Timetable and Course List

Students can plan their study schedule individually and can start either in the summer term or in the winter term. It is suggested to start with the mandatory module Venture Campus:

Venture Campus - From idea to business plan (12 ECTS)

The course Venture Campus takes a hands-on approach, as interdisciplinary student groups select one of the innovative ideas conceived during the Design Thinking phase and embark on a transformative journey. They will develop their chosen idea from scratch into a comprehensive Business Plan, honing their project management, financial, and strategic skills along the way. This module encourages students to apply their knowledge and expertise to create sustainable and inclusive construction solutions that are not only innovative but also viable in the market.

Prior to attending in-person classes, participants will have access to instructive video content that covers the theoretical foundations of each module. These videos serve as a preparatory resource, enabling students to familiarize themselves with essential concepts and principles at their own pace. During the scheduled in-person class hours, our focus shifts to interactive engagement. This time is dedicated to addressing questions, fostering discussions, and applying the acquired knowledge in practical scenarios.

 

Timetable: Suggested Study Path

 Module (s)Credit PointsContent
Step 1Venture Campus12 ECTSBasic
Step 2Two Semi-Mandatory Modules12 ECTSAdvanced & Specialization
OverallMicro-Credential “Sustainable Entrepreneurship”24 ECTS 

Timetable: List of Semi-Mandatory Modules (2023/2024)

ModuleTeacherTermInstitutionCredit Points
ENHANCE Summer School on Sustainable Entrepreneurship or equivalentProf. KratzerSummer Term & Winter TermScience & Startups /Faculty VII6
Design Thinking in Smart Living & HealthDr. CagarmanSummer & Winter TermScience & Startups/Faculty VII6
Life Science VenturingProf. FestelWinter TermScience & Startups/Faculty VII6
Green ChemistryProf. Warner, Prof. SchomäckerWinter TermFaculty II6
Data Analytics for Chemists and Chemical EngineersProf. SchomäckerWinter TermFaculty II6

Application and Exams

Students apply by sending their email application to the Coordinator of the Micro-Credential “Sustainable Entrepreneurship” with the following documents: a short CV, transcript of grades, an application letter.

TU Berlin students also register for the MC by filling in the provided form on ISIS which will be provided by the Coordinator.

For non-TU Berlin students the registration by email is sufficient.

The registration deadline for the Micro-Credential corresponds with the deadline for registering for the first course. For course registrations, please refer to ISIS for specific deadlines associated with each course. Registration for the Venture Campus starts on Thursday, 19th October 2023. Access on ISIS via https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=35269.

For all examinations the regulations for each course apply.

 

Contact Person

Philipp Isbrücker (philipp.isbruecker@tu-berlin.de)

 

What is a Micro-Credential?

Micro-Credentials are specialized academic programs offered by universities and colleges as supplementary fields of study. They can range in scope from 18 to 30 ECTS credits. Micro-credentials emerged as a viable solution in today's era of increasing demand for interdisciplinary education.

What sets Micro-Credentials apart is their flexibility. They can be awarded by formal educational institutions and align with the European and national qualification frameworks, including the ECTS system. Importantly, students pursuing Micro-Credentials do not necessarily need to have completed their master's degree, and this program is open to students from any public university in Berlin, including FU, HU, and TU Berlin. The European Union supports and encourages the implementation of Micro-Credentials, promoting their integration into existing qualification programs.[1]

 

[1]https://education.ec.europa.eu/education-levels/higher-education/micro-credentials (25.09.2023)