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„Entrepreneurs in the 21st Century - Opportunities and Challenges“ Alumni Summer School 29 May to 2 June 2018 at the TU Berlin

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Worldwide startups are playing a major role in the economic development of countries; so much so that today we are already seeing considerably more people working for small and medium-sized businesses than for large companies.  Startups create jobs, generate innovation and foster a competitive mindset. At the forefront of this process of opening up new areas of business is digitalization. 
TU Berlin is committed to supporting new businesses, and its Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) is one of the leading organizations of its type within German higher education. A notable feature of the CfE is the dovetailing of the practical support for new business ideas with research and teaching in the area of entrepreneurship. One of the most important elements in this process is the master's program Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (IMES), with its focus on the key future issues of entrepreneurship.

The Alumni Summer School is aimed at former TU Berlin students who have gone on to set up their own businesses as well as other alumni who are interested in both the themes to be addressed in the seminar and working together with German partners. In order to cover as wide a spectrum of countries/regions as possible and to enable an effective intercultural exchange, participants are sought from all regions.
The Alumni Summer School includes a reunion for graduates of the master's program in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (IMES), which focuses on the key future issues of entrepreneurship and numbers some 140 alumni, who are  either working in a variety of  companies around the world, engaged in research projects or have established their own business.

One of the goals of the seminar is to promote cross-border cooperation between on the one hand international alumni entrepreneurs, and on the other startups, alumni of the IMES program and partners from science, entrepreneurial support and other areas of business. A further goal is to promote an exchange concerning the differences between international markets and the general conditions for startups worldwide.

The central aim of the seminar is to examine the challenges entrepreneurs are faced with today. This question will be addressed by means of 1. An examination of best practice in the areas of entrepreneurship, support for entrepreneurship, and communication - marketing and social media for businesses and 2. A presentation / discussion of the differences in support for establishing life science and digital startups as well as the social, ecological and economic sustainability of business plans.
The seminar will be held in English.


Provisional program

Tuesday 29 May

9.30 – 10.00
Opening of the Alumni Summer School
Prof. Dr. Christine Ahrend, 1st Vice President of TU Berlin
Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer, Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at TU Berlin and Managing Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship (CfE)
Bettina Klotz, Anja Sato, Alumni-Team, TU Berlin
"Opportunities and Challenges for Entrepreneurs in the 21st century"
Lecture and discussion, Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer

Lunch break (individual)

Excursion to the EUREF campus

Wednesday 30 May

 „Hot Topics as Entrepreneur“ (Title of the presentation could still change)
Lecture and discussion, Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer

 „PR and communication for startups“

Lunch break (individual)

from approx. 2 pm - Excursion to Impact Hub
2.30 – 4 pm Impact Hub
Guided tour through the Impact Hub followed by a Q&A session and presentation by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Thursday 31 May

 „The mission of the CfE – From an idea to a sustainable business“
Lecture and discussion , Dr. Florian Hoos, Managing Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship (CfE)

Innovation Platform Visit 1
„Alte Mineralogie – Incubator“

Startup Pitches: Sustainable high-tech businesses @ CfE
3-4 different Startups of the CfE present their early stage businesses
World Cafe - Exchange with startups

Lunch break (individual)

How do you get the money to launch your sustainable business?

Innovation Platform Visit 2
Charlottenburg Innovation Center (CHIC)

Dinner (Restaurant / at your own expense)

Friday 1 Juni

IMES and ICT students join the program
Introductions of all participants

Impulse lecture by an IMES alumnus - lecture and discussion

Pitches from TU alumni

Lunch break (individual)

BLC-Showroom in the  Ludwig-Erhard-Haus, Fasanenstraße 85 
Carl-Philipp Wackernagel, Coordinator Berlin Startup Unit, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology

SmartDataForum, Salzufer 6, 10587 Berlin

"Life Science Entrepreneurship“ (joint event with IMES-students)
Lecture Prof. Dr. Gunter Festel, visiting lecturer at TU Berlin and founder and CEO of the investment firm FESTEL CAPITAL

Saturday 2 Juni

Workshop „Innovating for Sustainability“ (part2)
Julian Alexandrakis, N.N.
Entrepreneurship und Innovationsmanagement,  

Workshop „Innovating for Sustainability“ (part 2)

Final discussion and evaluation

from 4 pm  (time still has to be clarified)
Afterwards joint event with IMES-Alumni
approx. 6 pm  End of the seminar (possibly later)



Management and cooperation partner
The scientific director of the Alumni Summer School is Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer, Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at TU Berlin.
The seminar is supported by the DAAD and and by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises.

Participation and funding
Participants will receive a contribution to their travelling expenses and will be reimbursed for the costs for accommodation for the duration of the event at a specific partner hotel in close proximity to TU Berlin. Please contact us for details.

The deadline for application was 12 February 2018.


Subject to change without prior notice.


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