Three questions for Marie-Claire Becker

March 3, 2023

"Three questions for..." is a format of the regularly published newsletter for Startup & Entrepreneurship at the University of Stuttgart. Here, people from the ecosystem of the University of Stuttgart introduce themselves, report on their experiences with the topic of "startup and entrepreneurship" and reveal tips for people interested in founding a company.

1. Please briefly introduce yourself and your current job.

My name is Marie-Claire Becker. Since mid-July, I have been employed in the Department for Knowledge and Technology Transfer, as well as at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research.  At the University of Stuttgart, I take care of the topics of intellectual property (IP) scouting and start-up consulting. As an IP scout, I actively take care of the early identification of transfer-attractive research results (inventions, software, services) and their suitability for founding a company. In addition to this activity, I also support students and employees interested in founding a company as a start-up advisor.


2. How did you get involved in innovation/creativity?

I have always been interested in self-employment. During my studies, I took part in the SQ "AWAKE - In six weeks to start-up". AWAKE opened a door to another world for me. I received friendly and supportive contacts and have developed immensely personally. A start-up idea emerged from this course, which my partner and I presented and developed further at various competitions. Because I had so much fun, I then took part in the SQ "T3 - Train the trainer" and completed the coaching training. In the following semester, I was allowed to start as a student start-up coach at ENI.


3. Do you have any advice for students who are not sure about their study decision?

Get a sparring partner. A helpful exchange about your start-up problems or ideas is incredibly valuable and motivating.  If you simply want to get a taste of the start-up world, you can take advantage of the many courses at ENI.


This image shows Melanie Minderjahn

Melanie Minderjahn


Career Service - Inner Development, Public Relations

To the top of the page