Centre for Entrepreneurship
Centre for Entrepreneurship

Module Overview

The EIM Chair offers seminars primarily at the master level for IMES and ICT Innovation students, but some courses may have seats for other students to join as free electives. Modules are not offered every semester, so please check the overview for current information.

Please check the registration procedures for each module as they may differ.

All courses are taught in English.

Venture Campus

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

Business Research Methods

Current Information

Winter term 2020/2021 the first mandatory lecture is at 4th of November from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

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Business Research Methods enables one to:

  • Explain fundamental research philosophies and approaches pursued by business scholars
  • Identify methodological approaches suitable to investigate different types of qualitative research questions
  • Describe and understand the main features and procedures of different quantitative methods
  • Critically evaluate the quality of the methodological approaches presented in published studies

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 (e.g. regression, HLM)

Timetable

In winter term 2020/2021 the first mandatory lecture is at 4th of November from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

All information can be found on ISIS. https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=20852

Benefits/goals

Enables to conduct and understand current scientific research. Preparation of mandatory course “Entrepreneurship Research”.

Examination

Written examination of 90 minutes.

Participation/application

All students who want to improve in their skills in research methodology and quantitative methods in social sciences.

Moses (MTS) link

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

Contact details to responsible persons

Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer

Entrepreneurship Research

Current Information

The next course takes place in summer term 2021, detailed information t.b.a

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About Entrepreneurship Research

The course enables one to:

  • In depth understanding of research methods in the field of Entreprenerurship
  • 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 succesfully apply the learned knowledge in own research efforts

Content/course structure: The general aim of this subject is give students a state-of-the-art overview of all streams of research around the theme entrepreneurship. The ability to combine product development, market development, and organizational development ensures the competitiveness of high-income countries and its enterprises. Up to date knowledge about how to develop all three aspects in continuously changing environments, therefore, 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: Summer Term 2021, detailed information t.b.a

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

Design Your Happy Life

Current Information

Winter Term 2020/2021, the course will be online with weekend virtual block seminars, dates t.b.a.

Registration via ISIS - You must Complete Registration questionaire. Limited to 25 seats.

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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. 

The course is divided in two parts a theoretical and a practical part across 4 block sessions. The first session will lay out the theoretical basics of positive psychology. During the second session students will present concepts of happiness based on state-of-the-art ideas and research. The third session deals with reflection on the current situation of one owns life. The fourth session aims at developing future plans and collecting ideas for prototypes. Students will train their reflection skills by writing a reflection paper after each session and apply their theoretical knowledge by combining insights from theory and their own reflections in order to complete their personal and career portfolio.

Benefits: With the help of our „life design canvas“ and innovative coaching techniques you will learn the theory, boost your reflection and analytical skills

Goals: 

  • Understand and explain the underlying concepts of happiness
  • Understand and explain what leads to happiness and its benefits
  • Systematically   explore   and   critically   evaluate   scientific   research   studies   and   papers   in   the   field   of   positive psychology/happiness
  • Apply high level reflection skills
  • Develop future plans based on values

Examination: Presentation & Report,

Participation: 25 participants limit, first come first serve

Moses: This course is new and will not display in the MTS. Therefore, you should complete this form for your exam registration at the Examination Office.

The course is conducted by Paul Ovtschinnikow. For technical questions contact Pablo Bollig. 

Crisis Management Meets Consulting

Current Information

The next course takes place in summer term 2021, detailed information t.b.a

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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. 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. Detailed information t.b.a.

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.
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, a current grade overview and a CV. Detailed information will appear here in March 2021.

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 Ulrike Lehmann.

Life Science Venturing

Current Information

The next course takes place in summer term 2021, detailed information t.b.a

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About Life Science Venturing

  • This course provides an overview on the founding and building up of start-up companies with special focus on practice-oriented aspects, such as financing and negotiation strategies. Through a clear thematic structure, practise related recommendations and real case studies, participants will obtain a fast and comprehensive insight into this specific topic. The course as integrative course is a mix of lectures, interactive teaching, group work and individual work.

Content/course structure

  1. Importance of start-up companies
  2. Founding and building up of start-ups
    • Drawing up a business concept and business plan
  3. Preparation and establishing a company
  4. Operative building up of a company
  5. Financing of companies
    • Co-operation with business angels
    • Co-operation with venture capital
  6. Company assessment/valuation
  7. Development and execution of an exit strategy

Timetable

  • Summer Term 2021, detailed information t.b.a. Usually takes place as a block seminar.

Benefits/goals

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

Examination

  • Final Report and Presentation

Participation/application

  • Participation during the seminars is mandatory.

Moses link

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

Contact Prof. Dr. Gunter Festel if you have any questions. 

Management of Corporate Crisis

Current Information

Winter term 2020/2021: please enroll yourself to the MOCC 2020/2021 course on ISIS and attend the first lecture. There is also a link to register your participation in the course on ISIS.

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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: In winter term 2020/2021 the course takes place Fridays 10am – 2pm online. The course starts on November 13th 2020. Further information is presented on Isis.

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 MOCC 2020/2021 course on Isis and attend the first lecture. There is also a link to register for the course on Isis.

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 Ulrike Lehmann.

Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Study

Current Information

Winter term 2020/2021 the kick-off lecture takes place on 3rd of November 2020 from 2 pm to 4 pm online. Further information is presented on ISIS.

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As part of the curricula of the MSc ICT Innovation at EIT Digital Master School second year students have to write a minor I&E thesis resulting in 6 ECTS. In I&E Study students are going to apply their I&E-knowledge to a practically relevant business challenge from Berlin-based tech-startups.

Content/course structure:  

  • Selected berlin-based startups will present their businesses and real-life business challenges to the students.
  • Students will work in limited sized teams and apply prior EIT learning in the context of a specific real-life challenge.
  • Students make a literature analysis concerning the challenge and discuss to what degree current literature/concepts/tools can or cannot be applied to their topic.
  • The team has to write a thesis of their field of research and their challenge.

Timetable: In winter term 2020/2021 the kick-off lecture takes place on 3rd of November 2020 from 2 pm to 4 pm online. Further information is presented on ISIS.

Benefits/goals

  • Applying, synthesizing, and evaluating prior EIT learning in the context of a specific technology
  • Tightly integrated with mandatory internship and technical thesis.

Examination: 100% thesis (groupwork)

Participation/application: Mandatory for all M.Sc. ICT Innovation second year students. Please enter the ISIS course “Innovationmanagement and Entrepreneurship Study WS20/21” for further information.

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

Contact details to responsible person: Dr. Laura von Arnim.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Basics

Current Information

Winter Term 2020/2021, registration and dates will be posted by the end of October, t.b.a

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About I&E Basics

The subject I&E Basics is an integrative course on the basics of entrepreneurship and innovation management. The course focuses on an initial understanding of core aspects of innovation management and entrepreneurship.

Content/course structure: The course is based on theoretical input (pre-recorded online content from EIT Digital and online lectures) and in addition, a selected startup will present their business idea and real-life business challenges to the students, who will then work on solutions in teams and will conduct a report.

Timetable: In winter term 2020/2021 the kick-off lecture takes place on 2th of November 2020 from 2 pm to 4 pm online. Further information is presented on ISIS after registration and acceptance.

Benefits/goals: This course provides an initial understanding of the basics of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship and enables an entrepreneurial mindset.

Examination: Portfolio

Participation/application:

  • 100 limited places.
  • To attend this course, it is mandatory to register in advance.
  • Registration information will be displayed here in the mid of October.
  • MSc ICT Innovation students do not need to register. You will be informed by mail.

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

Contact details to responsible person: Dr. Laura von Arnim.