Back to Basics

Founders learning Business on the Centre for Entrepeneurship by TU Berlin

Wednesday morning just before 9 am at Hardenbergstraße 38, the halls of Old Minerology are already bustling. A so-called pitch seminar will start shortly. A trainer from Silicon Valley has arrived specifically for this. The students and prospective business founders will learn how best to present their ideas quickly and thereby gain the interest of potential investors.

Preparing the start-ups for the market and testing the ideas with potential clients as well as finding financial support is an important focus of the start-up service. Today, it is about changing the world with an idea, or at least improving it a little. Such as could happen through the private car-sharing concept of the TU startup Carzapp, for example. This new company will be given support from the TU Startup Service as always.

The Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and the Startup Service represent two of the supports provided by the Center for Entrepreneurship at TU. “Research, teaching and practical application all working hand-in-hand”, says Professor Jan Kratzer, the chair holder. There are seminars, workshops and alumni reunions. Contact with the young founders is tight and intensive. No one should be left to face their problems alone. In this, the Center is unique in German university landscape.

Over the past few years, according to Professor Kratzer, many significant changes have occurred. Almost no one is getting the issue of establishing a company as part of their course of studies today. In the meantime, there are mandatory and optional seminars in the various course studies. The concept has proven the responsible parties right. In 2011 alone, more than 16.000 new jobs have been created by spin-offs from TU Berlin. Roughly 60 percent of the companies choose to remain permanently at this location.

Stefanie Paul
Kluge Köpfe 2012