Entrepreneurship is more than a study subject. Entrepreneurs are visionary and persistent, but also diligent and persistent. Our ambition is to teach this to the next generation.

Our teaching philosophy

With the interdisciplinary nature of our courses we are open to students from all subjects and disciplines. Through the approach of transdisciplinarity we want to transfer learning outcomes into immediate application by integrating researchers and external lecturers from industry. The third pillar of internationality ensures courses in English, lectures and workshops with international guests, international summer schools and much more.

Our goal is to efficiently combine Entrepreneurship Education as a cross-faculty concept on all levels with aspects of theory and practice.

Dr. Ferran Giones, Deputy Institute Director

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Our courses - Let US start!

Go through the typical phases of founding a fictitious start-up virtually and get to know the necessary methods and tools.

In the course, you will create a business model for a fictitious company, conduct investor talks and develop a marketing concept. Determine the price and quality of your products and keep your finances under control in order to compete with the start-ups of your fellow students. However, the market is not free of surprises and rewards those who can react quickly and agilely to changes. (Language: German)

Contact: Julia Bredendieck


Awaken your entrepreneurial spirit and discover your start-up skills through your own projects. In our six-week intensive course, you will be professionally guided from the idea to the prototyping to the pitch. Three credit points are allocated for the course.

The module is organised around the ongoing lecture blocks to show that you can already pursue your own start-up projects during your studies. You will work together in interdisciplinary teams and develop individual business models. Each team receives a budget and advice from various internal and external coaches.

At the end of the programme, the entrepreneurial projects are presented in front of a jury and a large audience and receive an award. (Language: German)

Contact: Eric Heintze


This course provides an overview of financing innovative projects and technology start-ups. The focus here is on topics such as financial ratios, financial analysis, valuation methods (DCF and comparables) and valuation for start-ups (venture capital method).

The course is aimed at engineering students who want to gain a global understanding of financing innovative technology projects. The aim of the course is to develop financing strategies that are linked to the strategy of the market for technology products and the general needs of an organisation.

The programme focuses on high technology projects in the context of an existing organisation or as part of a new venture. The aim is to prepare you for financing decisions as an entrepreneur or as a manager of innovation projects. Through a combination of insights from finance theory and real-life case studies, you will learn the course concepts in practical application. (Language: English)

Contact person: Ferran Giones

Have you already had your first experiences in the field of start-ups and are passionate about the topic of start-ups? Then become a start-up coach and help young start-up projects get off the ground.

Gain "hands-on experience" for the development of entrepreneurial business ideas and opportunities with real teams.  In the process, you can further deepen your entrepreneurial and technological skills and develop coaching skills as well as leadership skills. The course is taught in partnership with  UnternehmerTUM from Munich. (Language: German/English)

Contact person: Jordi Mauri


This class will be offered from Winter Term 2021/2022. Further information will follow (Language: German).

Contact: Alexander Brem

Experts from science, business and the start-up and investor scene will provide comprehensive insights into the area of business start-ups and start-ups. The ecosystem around the University of Stuttgart will be presented, as well as entrepreneurs from the various faculties of the university, in order to present the whole range of start-ups and entrepreneurship. In addition to the inputs, there will be plenty of room for questions and discussions.

But top international speakers will also appear in the lecture series as part of the Speaker Series. Together with our partners from startupautobahn, Silicon Valley is coming to our campus.

Ideal for anyone who is interested in the topic but does not yet have any concrete start-up ideas or start-up experience. (Language: German)

Contact: Alexander Brem


This seminar is part of the Master of Business Engineering program Intra- and Entrepreneurship (tech). Further information is available here. (Language: German)

Contact: Alexander Brem

This seminar is part of the Master of Business Engineering program Intra- and Entrepreneurship (tech). Further information is available here. (Language: English)

Contact: Petra Nylund

The course teaches students essential and modern methods and competences from the areas of creativity, innovation and product design and combines aspects from design thinking, product development, entrepreneurship and engineering.

Based on real problems from industry, you will form interdisciplinary teams during the course and develop innovative solutions. You will be supported by experienced coaches from the Sartup scene as well as by experts from industry.

The Design Factory is part of the Design Factory initiative of the University of Stuttgart in cooperation with Arena2036 and is held in partnership with the well-known Design Factory Global Network. (Language: English)

Contact: Ferran Giones


How do technology-based companies emerge and how do I start one myself? In this course, which we offer together with other institutes from the university, you can develop an understanding of the start-up process: from the idea in the lab to market entry.

Using practical examples, you will learn how to investigate potential applications of promising technologies in a structured way, and how to identify and prioritise market opportunities. At the end of the course, you will combine the developed technological product with a convincing business model and create a "pitch deck" to convince potential stakeholders of the potential of the start-up idea. All you need to bring is an enthusiasm for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. (Language: English)

Contact: Ferran Giones


This course is offered in German, see German website.

Contact: Michael Wihlenda


Do you want to write a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD thesis in the field of "Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science" at the Institute? Then you can find the links to our colloquia here: (Language: English)

Bachelor/Master/Project Thesis Seminar Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science  


PhD students Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science  


Contact: Mirja Meyborg

From teaching to coaching

This interactive teaching and coaching program was developed within the framework of Let US start!. A program initiated by the University of Stuttgart and supported by the Vector Foundation, which together with the partners Pioniergeist from Stuttgart and UnternehmerTUM from Munich has revived the entrepreneurial spirit and created numerous offerings to leverage the enormous potential on campus.

Our approach goes beyond the range of courses we offer. With the goal of enabling students to develop into self-reliant entrepreneurs, we have created a continuously growing portfolio of programs that support great teams from teaching to coaching to investing.

Our coaching services

Part-time Master Intra- und Entrepreneurship

The extra-occupational Master's program Intra- and Entrepreneurship (tech) combines the expertise of the Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart and the University of Stuttgart in the fields of high-tech, technology development and business start-ups.

It conveys comprehensive knowledge on business management and on planning, controlling and optimizing technology-oriented start-up and innovation projects. The program focuses on business and technology-related issues that are geared to the special requirements of start-ups, but also directly affect established companies. Among other things, you will learn to recognize, systematically validate and take advantage of opportunities for technology-oriented business ideas and to develop and support innovations and solutions.

More information


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Ferran Giones

Deputy Institute Director

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Eric Heintze

Postdoc, Startup-Coach

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