Project Description

One week of innovation at the Ostfalia University campus

The Entrepreneurship Spring School is an event meant to introduce the participants to entrepreneurship and startup culture in a concentrated way. What is a business idea? How can business ideas be worked out and developed into a solid market-economy concept? What are the skills and attitudes of entrepreneurs and how do they apply them in everyday life? The founding process is examined from A to Z in a practical way within the framework of the school. Before and at the beginning of the event, the participants consider which ideas they would like to convert into a business model and form teams together in order to work out this idea intensively and practically for a whole week.

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Writing a business plan motivates the students to continue their startup project afterwards. We aim to our events the character of a case study character without any practical potential. In order to emphasize this, we provide relevant knowledge right in the first half of the day.
Participants are given the opportunity to gain insights into topics such as leadership, marketing, negotiation techniques, capital raising and investor search, creativity techniques as well as law and patent protection. In the second half, the participants can work with their teams on their business models using real data.

Direct field reports and know-how from practice

We give our participants access to real life experience presented by successful founders and entrepreneurs, which goes far beyond specialized theoretical knowledge. How does it feel to start a business? What were the greatest individual hurdles? What satisfaction, learning and self-awareness do you achieve when setting up a startup? What are the key factors in choosing co-founders? Every semester we invite regional and national founders and entrepreneurs, who present their startups and companies and report from their own experiences. Questions can be asked and discussed with the speakers at any time.

  • Factual knowledge – knowledge and understanding of topics around the field of entrepreneurship. Micro- and macroeconomic effects of startups. Detailed and practice-oriented excursions into various fields relevant to founding a company.
  • Methodological knowledge – Independent analysis, evaluation and optimization of specialist questions concerning business model development. converting your own ideas into marketable concepts using established tools. Learning and training skills from the startup environment, such as pitching.
  • Transfer competence – communicative competence and persuasiveness, the ability to cooperate and work in a team, discussion of general and current topics relating to entrepreneurship. Use of theoretical knowledge and methods to develop individual foundation concepts. Possible team building for a startup project after the event.

The organisational procedure and the examination modalities can be found in the menu items on this page. The event is supervised and organized by Stud.IP.
After the event, students will have the opportunity to get advice on their business concept from the Entrepreneurship Hub’s founder coaching. In addition, the teams have the opportunity to work on and further develop their business ideas in the Co-Working Space of the Entrepreneurship Hub at Ostfalia University. We provide the necessary infrastructure for this. They also have the opportunity to exchange information with the startups on site at any given time.

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Examination modalities

During the course, students will work in teams on a business idea they already have or generate in a team. During the one-week course, they will then use the methods they have learned to write it down and transform it into a business model including a business plan and then present it to a jury of experts. The quality of the pitch presentation is part of the overall score, but the awarding and placement by the jury has no influence on the evaluation.
The exact tasks as well as the schedule of the event will be handed over at the beginning of the event. With the exception of the group work phases beginning on 3pm, attendance is compulsory for the entire duration of the event.

Percentages of the overall grade
15% attendance
35% Pitch
50% Written elaboration of the business plan

Important
The examination must be performed in a group of at least 4-5 people. No individual presentations! Developing a prototype can be advantageous for the evaluation.

Dates & events
Please take the presentation and submission deadlines into account in the schedule. These must be strictly adhered to.

Specifications for the preparation of the written elaboration

  • 10 pages DIN A4 per group
  • The template can be downloaded from Stud.IP or from our website

The following information must be included on the cover page: Name, first name, matriculation number, e-mail, degree programme, faculty and postal address of the group members.

Recommended literature

Fueglistaller, U; Müller, C; Müller, S.; Volery, T. (2012): Entrepreneurship. Springer Gabler Verlag, Heidelberg.

Faltin, G. (2011): Kopf schlägt Kapital. Hanser Verlag, München.

Ries, E. (2011): The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, New York: Crown Business.

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General information about the class

Type of event: Seminar

Weekly semester hours: block event

Credits/ECTS: 3 ECTS

Semester: Winter semester

Language: German

Registration required: Yes

Target group: Bachelor’s and Master’s students

Prerequisites: None

Number of participants: Limited to 70 participants

The class takes place in winter semester 18/19 from 11.02.2019 – 18.02.2019 daily starting at 09:00 o’clockin room252 at Am Exer 2d, 38302 Wolfenbüttel.

Due to its structure, the event requires intense organization. By presenting the following information we would like to answer any open questions and provide necessary information. If you have any questions, please post them in the Stud.IP forum. We will answer all questions promptly in the forum.

Registering for the event via Stud.IP is binding and is only activated shortly before the event starts. It is open to all students, doctoral students and employees of Ostfalia University, TU Braunschweig and HBK.
A fee of 35€ will be charged for both our catering during the event as well as for the final buffet in the run-up to the event.

At the end, the written papers submitted will be evaluated together with the presentations. If the examination is passed, a certificate of participation including the overall grade will be issued. This can be picked up by the participants, depending on their university affiliation, either at the campus of the TU Braunschweig or at the campus of the Ostfalia Hochschule in Wolfenbüttel.

FAQ

  • Are individual performances also possible?
    • Answer: In reality, startup projects are usually carried out in teams, which also increases the chances of success. Since the event should be oriented as much as possible to real conditions, individual services are unfortunately not possible.
  • Are there any restrictions regarding the founding ideas?
    • Answer: No, there are no limits to creativity. Both product and service ideas can be conceived. In the sense of entrepreneurship, however, a certain degree of innovation of the ideas is necessary.
  • Is the Entrepreneurship Spring School part of an elective module or can it function as part of a module together with Technology Entrepreneurship or Technology Business Model Creation?
    • Answer: No. The Entrepreneurship Spring School is an independent block event and can be introduced either as an additional subject or as an optional subject for the non-technical area.

For questions and information that do not arise from the information provided here, please contact us:

Tim F. Nieländer, MBA
Tel.: +49 (0) 5331 939 33640
E-Mail: ti.nielaender@ostfalia.de

Registration via Stud.IP is mandatory.

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COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Tim F. Nieländer, MBA
Tim F. Nieländer, MBAOrganization and coordination