Centre for Entrepreneurship

ISI4Egypt Summer School in Sustainable Innovation & Industry 4.0

8 - 18 September 2023


The Sustainable Innovation and Industry 4.0 Summer School is a bi-annual intensive training school, organized by Ain Shams University iHub and the TU Berlin Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. The school aims to increase the entrepreneurial mindset of students while providing them with new entrepreneurial and team competences, sustainability lenses and tools, international insights, and industry perspectives.

Students engage with intercultural teams to understand the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability in international and technological contexts. Interdisciplinary German students are teamed with Egyptian student-entrepreneurs to bring new perspectives and practice problem solving, product-market analysis, and aiming innovations towards sustainability within diverse economic and political landscapes. A blend of lectures, teamwork sprints, social activities, and industry perspectives will provide a full and varied program. Networking and intercultural exchange is a key motivation for students. After successfully completing and evaluating the course, participants receive a certificate worth 6 ECTS.


Learning outcomes

After the course, students will be able to: 

  • Understanding the basic landscape of entrepreneurship, the role of innovation, and the intersection with sustainability in global contexts.
  • Ability to understand and apply concept experimentation and iterative startup development approaches
  • Ability to analyze problem-perspectives and propose valuable business solutions
  • Understand the basic concepts of intellectual property rights
  • Ability to explore and understand customers and markets
  • Intercultural + Interdisciplinary experience!
  • Industry 4.0 and technology perspectives, in the age of sustainability



  • Sustainability tools, concepts and theories
  • Problem, solution, and market analysis
  • Cultural and socioeconomic contexts of sustainability
  • Pitching and persuasion skills
  • Finance and fundraising for startups
  • Networking for entrepreneurs, related to fundraising, AI, robotics and other industry 4.0 technologies
  • Excursions in Berlin


Teaching and learning methods

  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Student group work
  • Student presentations
  • Excursion

Time and place

This one-week intensive training will take place at and around TU Berlin between September 8 - 18th 2023. The course hours are every day from 10 am to 4 pm*, but students should block the evenings for finishing teamwork or engaging in the social activities. Some excursions may also last longer than 4pm.


Forms of assessment

Portfolio: Oral presentation 50%, team essay 25%, self-reflection 25%


General requirements

Enrolled at TUB or in “BUA” as a Bachelor student (with at least 4 semesters completed) or Master Student and a CEFR B2 English proficiency.


How to apply

Until July 29th interested students must send an email application to the ISI4Egypt Team: eim-TB-isi4egypt(at)win.tu-berlin.de

Once the application deadline has passed, there will be a selection process and you will be notified by August 1st.

To apply, please send:

  1. a motivational letter of 300-500 words in which you describe who you are and why you want to participate in this Summer School.
  2. enrollment certificate as PDF



TU Berlin / BUA students: Free

Refreshments and a lunch are provided during the program.


Maximum number of students

The maximum number of students is 20. Ain Shams University will nominate and send an additional 10 students.


Further Information:

Students will receive course materials and further instructions after their acceptance.


Deadline for application

29th July 2023

Innovative Solutions for Industry 4.0 in Egypt (ISI4Egypt) is a 3.5-year project with the Innovation Hub (iHub) at Ain Shams University Cairo, the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (EIM) at TU Berlin and partners in both countries. The project is supported by the BMZ and DAAD in the programme: University-Business-Partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and Business Partners in Germany and in Africa.