Centre for Entrepreneurship


Der Lehrstuhl EIM bietet in erster Linie Lehrveranstaltungen im Masterbereich für Student*innen des IMES- und der ICT-Innovation-Studienganges an. In einigen Kursen gibt es allerdings Plätze, die Studenten als freie Wahlfächer belegen können. Nicht alle Module werden jedes Semester angeboten. Aktuelle Informationen finden Sie in der Übersicht.

Das Anmeldeverfahren für einzelne Module kann unterschiedlich sein. Überprüfen Sie bitte die Bestimmungen vorab.

Alle Kurse werden auf Englisch gelehrt. Die Modulbeschreibungen stehen deshalb nur in englischer Sprache zur Verfügung.

Venture Campus

***Applications for the coming winter term 2021/2022 are closed. Please do not apply***

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

Business Research Methods

Current Information

Winter term 2021 the first mandatory lecture is 20th of October from 10:00 to 12:00.

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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)


Winter term 2021 the first mandatory lecture is 20th of October from 10:00 to 12:00.

All information can be found on ISIS. https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=25723


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


Written examination of 90 minutes.


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

Moses (MTS) link


Contact details to responsible persons

Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer

Entrepreneurship Research

Current Information

Winter term 21/22, the first mandatory lecture is 18th of October from 10:00 - 12:00. 


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: Winter term 2021, the first mandatory lecture is 18th of October from 10:00 - 12:00.  

All information can be found on ISIS. https://isis.tu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=25722

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

Entrepreneurial Well-being and Psychology

Current Information
Application for the course:
Please send an email to c.vonkolpinski(at)tu-berlin.de with the following information:

  • First- and Lastname
  • Course name
  • Immatriculation Number
  • Course of studies

Course dates:
KICK-OFF Session: 27.10. (10:30 am - 4 pm)
Session 1: 03.11.  (10:30 am - 4 pm)
Session 2: 24.11. (10:30 am - 4 pm)
Session 3: 15.12. (10:30 am - 4 pm)
Session 4: 05.01. (10:30 am - 4 pm)
Session 5: 26.01. (10:30 am - 4 pm)
Session 6: 09.02. or 16.02. (10:30 am - 4 pm)



Emphasize well-being, mental health and related key skills (e.g. emotion regulation, decision-making, leadership) in the entrepreneurship process.


We explore important aspects of positive psychology and well-being research, as well as related concepts (emotions, decision-making, positive/authentic leadership or “dark triad” traits), and students will conduct several self-experiential methods, tasks and assignments. Also, the constant practice of using tools from positive psychology is mandatory throughout the course.

The course offers insights into important theoretical concepts as well as practical implications for entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the course provides a playground for experiencing tools on one’s self. In total, there are 6 sessions, each focusing on a specific topic, and also discussing and working together on results from the homework as well as on practical methods and tools within the course. Before every session, each participant needs to prepare a short individual reflection of applied tools. Throughout the course, groups will be formed.  At the very end of the course the groups will prepare a scientific poster as well as a presentation on a well-being topic in reference to entrepreneurship.

The first session starts with a brief outline, kick-off and getting-to-know each other. The second session deals with positive psychology and well-being on a general level, before going into more detailed links to entrepreneurship in the third session. Session 4 is about systematic errors in judgment and decision making (cognitive biases) as well as concepts about emotions. Session 5 dives into the “dark side”, discussing depression, burnout and the “dark triad” of personality traits. Session 6, is the examination day with the poster presentations.

All sessions follow a highly interactive, self-experiential and vivid style of teaching, supported by an active element of working together. This course may be quite intense, also on a personal level. Therefore, absolute discretion, no discrimination whatsoever and an open but professional level of communication will be ensured. We create an open-minded environment that shall leave room for every individual’s perspectives, opinions, and characteristics.


With help of self-experience, discussions and theoretical knowledge you will be equipped with a “well-being toolkit” to use it when needed.


Learn and understand various concepts from positive psychology and related fields.

Learn awareness of what well-being is and how you can maintain it.

Understand how to apply tools and methods for self-work.

Learn by experience about limits in thinking and deciding.

Get a solid base-knowledge of respective academic research.

Practice self-directed learning and reflective writing skills.

Learn how to create a scientific poster.


21 participants limit, first come first serve, application needed



This course belongs to the designation of "Entrepreneurship" within the compulsory electives - see also here


The course is conducted by Dr. Karina Cagarman and Nicolas Noak.

Design Your Happy Life

Current Information
Winter Term 2021/22,

ISIS  -  Limited to 24 seats. The application deadline is 26th October.


Application for the course:
Please send an email to c.vonkolpinski(at)tu-berlin.de with the following information:

  • First- and Lastname
  • Course name
  • Immatriculation Number
  • Course of studies


  • This course will take place on weekends. 
  • 20. and 21.11.2021
  • 18. and 19.12.2021
  • 29. and 30.01.2022

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: https://moseskonto.tu-berlin.de/moses/modultransfersystem/bolognamodule/beschreibung/anzeigen.html?nummer=70394&version=1&sprache=2 

The course is conducted by Paul Ovtschinnikow and Karina Cagarman. 

Applications to c.vonkolpinski(at)tu-berlin.de 


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 2021 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 Ulrike Lehmann.

Life Science Venturing

Current Information

The next course takes place in Summer Semester 2022.


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 module integrates a mix of asynchronous lecture content, group work, virtual check points, 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


  • The standard block course has been transformed for Summer Term 2021 to an Asynchronous Format - Learn at your own pace in a group.
  • Group work and 5 team checkpoints.
  • Meeting with Prof. Festel for Final Presentations.


  • 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.


  • Written and Presentation


  • Participation in teams is mandatory.

Moses link



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

For technical questions, please contact Vanessa.

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

Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Study

Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship Study

Current Information

Note: This course takes place in the winter term only.


Idea: The subject I&E Basics is an integrative course on the basics of entrepreneurship and innovation management. The course focuses on a practical approach to innovation management and entrepreneurship.

Participation/application: Only for ICT Innovation Students.

Registration information: To attend this course, it is mandatory to register in advance. Please register via the ISIS website. https://isis.tu-berlin.de/enrol/index.php?id=25566

Course structure: The course focuses on developing practical skills via solving real-life entrepreneurial case studies provided by Berlin-based startups.

Benefits/Goals: This course is dedicated to the students who want to put their knowledge into practice by solving real-life case studies.

Examination:  Group work (100%)


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Basics

Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship Basics

Current Information

Note: This course takes place in the winter term only.


Idea: 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.

Participation/application: 100 limited places (not first-come, first-serve – it will be selected by study course, with priority given to those who have I&E Basics as a mandatory course

Registration information: To attend this course, it is mandatory to register in advance. Please register via the ISIS website. https://isis.tu-berlin.de/enrol/index.php?id=25565 

Course structure: The course is based on theoretical input, 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.

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

Examination: Assignment (20%) + Quiz (10%) + Quiz (10%) + Group work (60%)

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