Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) is a leading university of entrepreneurship in Germany and can look back on decades of experience and the successful development of systematic start-up support. As an internationally-leading university conducting top-level research and teaching and offering a broad range of scientific, technical, and humanities disciplines, its focus is on technology-oriented spin-offs. Its tradition of entrepreneurship extends back to the early 1980s, when the University initiated the founding of Germany's first start-up center in the form of the Berliner Innovation and Start-up Center. The systematic further development of this field since the aughts led to its successful three-fold approach of teaching and research in the field of entrepreneurship and internal high-tech start-up support. As the university with the greatest number of start-ups in Berlin-Brandenburg, it assumes a leading role in Berlin’s development as a magnet for start-ups.
The University places great importance on further developing its start-up activities. In keeping with its mission of developing ideas for the benefit of society, as a public institution it pursues a strong focus on sustainability. Entrepreneurs must not only demonstrate the market feasibility of their idea but also meet the “triple impact” requirement calling for start-ups to be economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable. In this respect, the University aims to set both national and international standards for the entrepreneurship of the future.
Since 2019, the Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) at TU Berlin has been a hub for all entrepreneurship-related activities and one of the leading centers of entrepreneurship in German higher education. It is the central point of contact for those interested in entrepreneurship and the University's link to companies, sponsors, investors and other start-up centers. Science spin-offs are an important aspect of technology transfer where teaching content and research findings are directly applied. The EINS innovation platform, opened in January 2019 on Campus Charlottenburg, plays a key role in this transfer. It offers work spaces, a prototype workshop, office and seminar rooms, a café, and an event space, providing resources for technology transfer to come alive in the center of Berlin. EINS enables researchers to present their findings to key players from business, politics and civil society and thus create social added value by developing entrepreneurial solutions for the challenges of the future.
TU Berlin supports its members by offering broad and individual services for business start-ups and has a proven record of selective screening and close supervision. Individuals interested in entrepreneurship are advised by experts and complete a practical qualification program. Additionally, they are mentored by professors and have access to internal and external partners, guidance with grant applications and other forms of support, as well as equipment and facilities. At the same time, TU Berlin continues to contribute to theoretical developments in this area through intensive research on entrepreneurship as well as by passing its findings on to students in first-class teaching. The program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship is the most popular master’s program at TU Berlin and in all of Central Europe. This combination of academic teaching, excellent research, and service offers for start-ups generates high potential for innovation and transfer and makes Technische Universität Berlin stand out in the area of entrepreneurship.